Monday, June 28, at 6:30 p.m., the Belfast Free Library will host Megan Pinette, from the Belfast Historical Society, for an in-depth look at the “Belfast Celebrates Maine’s Bicentennial, 1820 – 2020” photographic banners project. These extremely visible banners serve as a celebration of Maine and the City of Belfast and provide an opportunity for viewers to reflect on the rich history of both the City of Belfast and the State of Maine.
This is a virtual program on zoom. Register in advance here, or go to belfastlibrary.org/virtual-programs/ and find the link.
Banners to celebrate the State of Maine’s Bicentennial were installed on six buildings in downtown Belfast and on the east side in August of 2020; they include a variety of vintage photographs celebrating Belfast’s past. At this talk Pinette will explain the history and meaning of the images and their relevance to the project.
The banner project was funded in part by a grant from the Maine Bicentennial Commission, along with funding provided by the City of Belfast.
The banners will remain in place until October 2021. Local partners on the project included the Penobscot Marine Museum, the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce, the Belfast Creative Coalition, the Belfast Historical Society and Museum, Whitecap Builders, and Our Town Belfast.