Maine Statehood and Bicentennial Conference


Thursday, May 30 to Saturday, June 1, 2019

The University of Maine is proud to have hosted the Maine Statehood and Bicentennial Conference from May 30 to June 1, 2019. The two hundredth anniversary of statehood provides a unique opportunity to engage the distant past and to reflect on the ongoing relationship between the statehood era (1780s-1820s) and the present.

This online archive includes links below to videos of all seven scholarly panels at the conference as well as its keynote event with two Pulitzer-Prize winning historians and the opening concert by the DaPonte String Quartet. Panel and paper abstracts as well as printed material from the conference are also accessible. The Bicentennial Overview link leads to two videos by UMaine History Professor Liam Riordan: a 3-minute overview produced by UMaine Marketing and a 53-minute lecture about past-present connections from the statehood era delivered on campus in Orono in February 2018. Last, we thank the many financial sponsors who made the conference possible.

In addition to conference materials, Special Collections and Fogler Library at the University of Maine have digitized a large amount of original material from the statehood era and that pertains to the commemoration of statehood. This can be searched from the link at the top left-hand corner of this screen.

Additional resources for the Maine State Bicentennial include:

State of Maine Bicentennial Commission, especially for upcoming events:

The Maine Historical Society’s Maine Memory Network, especially for an interpretive account of statehood and digitized original material:

Browse the contents of Maine Statehood and Bicentennial Conference:

Conference Videos and Abstracts
Posters & Flyers
Bicentennial Overview