March 15, 2020 marked the 200th anniversary of Maine’s Statehood. The Scarborough Public Library and Scarborough Historical Society began to bring a series of programs to our community in celebration of this bicentennial benchmark in early March. The series was made possible through the financial partnership of the Scarborough Public Library and Scarborough Historical Society, and through a grant awarded by the Maine Humanities Council; all events are free to attend. The first program was held at the Library prior to the pandemic. Dr. Liam Riordan, Adelaide and Alan Bird Professor of History at the University of Maine, delivered his talk Past and Present Perspectives in Maine Statehood on the afternoon of March 1, 2020 in the Library’s Meeting Room. Click here to view the recording.
The Scarborough Bicentennial Series will feature an exhibit of the Scarborough Bicentennial Quilt. In the fall of 2019, nearly 50 quilters from our community created individual squares representing themes related to our town and its history. The assembled quilt will be displayed at the Library during the week of August 22, 2021 on a bed owned by William King, Scarborough native and Maine’s first Governor. The bed is part of the Scarborough Historical Society’s collection. The exhibit will be open during regular library hours and will acknowledge the talented quilters who shared their time and creativity to make this commemorative quilt possible!
Please join us to honor and celebrate the quilters at a reception at the Library on Sunday afternoon, August 22, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
This series was made possible through the financial partnership of the Scarborough Public Library and Scarborough Historical Society, and through a grant awarded by the Maine Humanities Council. This is the first Bicentennial program to be held at the Library since the pandemic. It is free to attend.