ROCKLAND —The Rockland Historical Society has invited award-winning author and journalist Colin Woodard to speak at the society’s annual meeting about Maine’s earliest years. The annual meeting will be held Saturday, Nov. 16, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Sail Power and Steam Museum.
The program is free and open to the public.
Woodard is a state and national affairs journalist for Portland Press Herald and the Maine Sunday Telegram where he has won a George Polk Award and was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize.
He is the author of The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier; The Republic of Pirates; and American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America – all histories of early European ancestors.
Woodard’s talk: “Maine before and after Statehood: How Maine’s Past Informs the Present and Shapes the Future,” will celebrate the history and character of the early settlers of Maine and explain how those historical roots inform much of the Maine character today.
To preserve and share Woodard’s talk during Maine’s bicentennial year of 2020, videographer Craig Mathieson will film the talk and produce DVDs for Oceanside High School, the Rockland Public Library, the Maine State Library, and Maine Coast TV, the public access channel.
Holding the annual meeting at the Sail Power and Steam Museum gives those who attend a chance to explore the museum, “one of the treasures of Rockland,” according to the Historical Society, in a news release. The museum contains important artifacts of our maritime history – ship models, navigational instruments, steam engines, shipbuilding tools, fishing equipment, and other treasures of the sea.
As a special treat, John Bird will be signing copies of his new book: Rockland, Maine: Rise and Renewal.
This program is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Bicentennial Commission.