Professor of History Liam Riordan
Adelaide & Alan Bird
The current bicentennial moment has heightened public interest about the relatively distant statehood era from the 1780s to the 1820s. This provides an opportunity to better align the work of professional historians with intense popular interest about the past (made manifest in local historical societies and the recent explosion of history podcasts). This illustrated lecture explores central aspects of the statehood era that remain familiar in Maine today. It aims to bridge what sometimes seems to be an imposing gulf that separates popular and scholarly understandings of the past.
Sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The Maine Heritage Lecture showcases research and creative work about the state of Maine, with particular emphasis on Maine’s sense of place, history, diverse cultures, society, and policy.