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Freeport Historical Society Annual Meeting with Honored Speaker Colin Woodard – postponed
April 4, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pmFree
Please join us for a brief business meeting to celebrate FHS, elect trustees, and present annual awards.
The meeting will be followed by “200 Years as a State, 170 as a Colony: The forces that shaped Maine’s Past, Present and Future,” a talk from Maine author and journalist Colin Woodard.
Refreshments will be served before the meeting.
Woodard tells the backstory of Maine, a harrowing and little understood saga of war and betrayal, of clashing empires and ethnic cleansing, of an intra-English civil war and a 170 year colonial occupation by Massachusetts of what had been a separate province. These events shaped Mainers as a people and explain some of the culture’s most impressive virtues and most frustrating faults, as well as the still fraught relationship between this land’s real natives and the rest of us whose families came “from away” at some point in the past four hundred years.
Colin Woodard is a New York Times bestselling author, historian, and journalist who has reported from more than fifty countries and seven continents. A longtime foreign correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor and The San Francisco Chronicle, he is State and National Affairs Writer at the Portland Press Herald, where he received a 2012 George Polk Award and was a finalist a 2016 Pulitzer Prize. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, Smithsonian, Politico and dozens of other publications. He is the author of American Nations, American Character, The Lobster Coast, The Republic of Pirates, Ocean’s End and the forthcoming Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood. He lives in Maine.