Moses Greenleaf map of the State of Maine (1829), detail. (Courtesy Osher Map Library, University of Southern Maine)
Moses Greenleaf map of the State of Maine (1829), detail. (Courtesy Osher Map Library, University of Southern Maine)
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Belfast Free Library and the Belfast Historical Society and Museum will present a bicentennial lecture by Liam Riordan on Monday, July 6, at 6:30 p.m. The talk will be livestreamed on the library’s Facebook page.

Riordan’s illustrated presentation will explore the long statehood process in Maine that culminated in 1820 with separation from Massachusetts. The struggle engaged a range of challenging public issues that are still recognizable today. Four broad themes, which bridge 200 years, include: the “two Maines” and sharp partisan conflict, slavery vis-a-vis the Maine-Missouri Crisis, Wabanaki sovereignty, and the uncertain location and meaning of the international border.

Liam Riordan has been a faculty member in the history department at the University of Maine since 1997. He specializes in the American Revolution, particularly the religious, racial and ethnic diversity in the Philadelphia region from 1770 to 1830. He has an ongoing research project about the Loyalists who opposed the American Revolution.

For resources, visit digitalcommons.library.umaine.edu/me200.

For more information, call the Belfast Library at 338-3884, extension 10.