Presentation Type

Abstract

Location

Collins Center for the Arts

Start Date

1-6-2019 1:30 PM

End Date

1-6-2019 3:30 PM

Description

When Maine separated from Massachusetts, the Articles of Separation (part of the new state's Constitution) required that as it sold off its public domain (about 8 million acres) Maine continue to reserve four lots of 320 acres per town. Panelists trace the legal analysis and history of the implications of Public Lot policy through the 1980s, finally asking the question, "How did this remarkable change in the history of Maine and to the very map of Maine come about?"

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Jun 1st, 1:30 PM Jun 1st, 3:30 PM

Panel #7: Public Ownership vs. Private Rights: The Case of Maine's Disputed Public Lots

Collins Center for the Arts

When Maine separated from Massachusetts, the Articles of Separation (part of the new state's Constitution) required that as it sold off its public domain (about 8 million acres) Maine continue to reserve four lots of 320 acres per town. Panelists trace the legal analysis and history of the implications of Public Lot policy through the 1980s, finally asking the question, "How did this remarkable change in the history of Maine and to the very map of Maine come about?"