Maine at 200 – A Visual History

Join us for the first event in our Celebrating Maine at 200 Bicentennial events series, “Maine at 200 – A Visual History,” presented by Libby Bischof. This event will be held at the Main Library on Wednesday, March 4th from 6:30 to 7:45 pm.

As we mark Maine’s statehood bicentennial, 2020 provides us with an opportunity to reflect upon Maine’s well-known history, as well as aspects of Maine’s past that have been glossed over or ignored. In this richly illustrated talk, visual Historian Libby Bischof will highlight significant events in Maine’s history through objects, drawings, maps, photographs, and postcards–highlighting a history of this land that stretches back over 12,000 years, long before the British and French arrived.

Libby Bischof is Executive Director of the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, and Professor of History at the University of Southern Maine, where she has taught for thirteen years.  She is the author, most recently, of Maine Photography: A History, 1840-2015.  A public historian, she frequently travels around the state of Maine working with educators and local museums, libraries and historical societies on various aspects of Maine’s history. She resides in Gorham with her husband and children.

For more information, call Circulation at 767-7660 x 2.

Photo: Chansonetta Stanley Emmons, “The Coming of Mechanization,” ca. 1910, courtesy of the Stanley Museum, Kingfield, Maine.

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