Maine History Festival

The Maine History Festival, with presentations by students and teachers at all grade levels and by cultural organizations, is a central part the Maine Bicentennial Conference.

The Maine History Festival will be held on May 31, 2:30 pm, in the Hudson Museum, Collins Center for the Arts.

To present at the festival, individuals and organizations should complete the online registration form.

If you have questions or for more information, please contact Festival Committee Co-Chair, Libby Bischof.

What is the Maine History Festival?

The Maine History Festival is for students and non-academics to share their research in an informal setting as part of the Bicentennial Conference. The Festival is free, open to the public, and includes a reception. After the Festival, we hope that everyone will join us at the Keynote event with two Pulitzer Prize winning historians. The Keynote is also free and open to the public.

The Festival will have concurrent poster-session style presentations and table displays by students and community groups in the large lobby and gallery space of the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine. Informal one-on-one exchanges at the Festival aim to foster collaboration across boundaries, stimulate new thinking about the statehood process and state commemoration, and encourage revision and further development for presenters to share their understanding of the Maine statehood era and Maine history more broadly in the 2020 bicentennial year.

Maine History Festival Committee

Libby Bischof (Osher Map Library, Univ. of Southern Maine), co-chair
Kreg T. Ettenger (Maine Folklife Center, Maine Studies Program, and Anthropology, UMaine), co-chair
Mary T. Freeman (History, Univ. of Maine)
Jamie Rice (Maine Historical Society)
Christopher Strople (Education, Univ. of Maine Farmington)
John Taylor (State Coordinator, National History Day in Maine and Margaret Chase Smith Library)

The Maine History Festival is sponsored by:

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