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.
Dr. Matthew Edney will deliver this presentation virtually, via Zoom. Dr. Edney curated the Osher Map Library’s Maine Bicentennial Exhibition, Mapping Maine: The Land and Its Peoples, 1677-1842. Using digital images of the exhibit and additional items from the OML collection, Dr. Edney will provide an overview of this special installation in this virtual presentation. Digital maps of Scarborough’s marshes – an important part of Scarborough’s early and present history – will also be included.
Registration is required. Click here to register to receive the Zoom link. The lecture will be recorded so those who cannot attend virtually can view it at a later time. Please call 883-4723 option 4 or email askSPL@scarboroughlibrary.org(link sends e-mail) with questions. To request a link to the recording, please email Lucy Norvell, Coordinator of Programming and Communications.
Dr. Edney has been a professor of geography at the University of Southern Maine since 2007 and is the Osher Professor in the History of Cartography with responsibility for courses in map history. He is also “faculty scholar” in the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education. Since 2005 he has also directed the History of Cartography Project at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The Bicentennial 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 in the fall of 2019. One event was held prior to the Library’s closure due to the pandemic in mid-March.