ROCKLAND — Fifth generation Rockland resident John Bird will present an illustrated talk about his new book, Rockland, Maine: Rise and Renewal, Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 6:30 p.m., in the Community Room of the Rockland Public Library.
The program, co-sponsored by the Rockland Historical Society and the Rockland Public Library is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a book signing and refreshments in the Museum of the Rockland Historical Society.
Bird has been collecting stories of prominent Rockland families, including Tolmans, Ulmers, Lindseys, Perrys, Gregorys, Birds, Berrys, Spears, Snows, Cobbs, Tillsons, Farnsworths, Farwells, Glovers, Kimballs, and others, to create a chronological history of the area. He details the rise of businesses and industries that created the strong economy that led to Rockland becoming the county seat, and the changes in those businesses that brought challenges and then further changes that led to the success of Rockland today.
Bird will leave time for questions and comments. His book is illustrated with photographs, maps, and art.
Bird was a long-time educator and then formed a national consulting firm for educators.
“He looks forward to sharing how his hometown grew and changed and about the local heroes who turned the changes into success,” according to the Library, in a news release.
The Rockland Public Library is located at 80 Union Street.