The Maine Historical Society is relaunching its free, public bicentennial programming with a new virtual series, “Maine at 200,” with events planned from September through March.

Broadcast via Zoom, the series will explore how Maine became a state in 1820 and how 13,000 years of history shape the issues that matter to Mainers today. Live conversations and panels on topical issues will feature speakers, historians and authors, including Earle Shettleworth Jr., Colin Woodard, Alan Taylor, James E. Francis Sr., and Lise Pelletier.

Upcoming programs, which will all take place from 6 to 7 p.m. on the dates listed, include:

October 8: “Liberty Men, Great Proprietors, and Maine Today,” presented by Alan Taylor, Pulitzer Prize–winning author and University of Virginia professor of history;

October 22: “Becoming Maine,” with Liam Riordan, professor of history, University of Maine; and

November 11: “Pandemics in Wabanaki Communities,” presented by James E. Francis Sr., director of cultural and historic preservation for the Penobscot Nation.

For the complete schedule and to register, call 774-1822 or visit mainehistory.org/programs. Early registration is recommended.