Maine before and after Statehood: How Maine’s Past Informs the Present and Shapes the Future

Rockland Historical Society shares Colin Woodard Bicentennial program

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To celebrate, again, the Bicentennial of Maine Statehood, the Rockland Historical Society will broadcast the talk Colin Woodard gave at its annual meeting, last November, titled “Maine before and after Statehood: How Maine’s Past Informs the Present and Shapes the Future.”

The program, funded by the Maine Bicentennial Commission, was filmed by Mathieson Digital and will be broadcast on Wednesday, July 15, at 7 pm, on Maine Coast TV, Cable Channel 1301; or on Roku, Maine Coast TV; or on your computer at

Woodard is a prize-winning journalist for the Portland Press Herald and the Maine Sunday Telegram. He is a historian and author of The Lobster Coast, The Republic of Pirates, American Nations, American Character, and his newest book, just released – Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood. Woodard’s books look at the cultural differences of early European ancestors and how those differences influenced the history of regional areas of the country and will influence the future.

Woodard’s talk at the historical society’s annual meeting focused on the cultural and regional differences found in Maine when Maine was still a district of Massachusetts, and how those differences influence Maine today.

“The program, at the Sail Power and Steam Museum, attracted an overflow crowd and was so entertaining and informative that DVDs will be for sale at the Rockland Historical Society for $15,” said the Historical Society, in a news release.

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Wed, 07/15/2020 - 7:00pm

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Maine Coast TV – Cable Channel 1301; Roku – Maine Coast TV; or