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ZOOM — Discover History Series: Black History of Maine
Thursday, October 7, 2021 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
It is frequently said that Maine is the whitest state in America. Yet Black people have a long history in the Pine Tree State. Slaves? Yes. But also builders, farmers, fishermen, ship captains, educators, etc. It’s that hidden history of our state that Bob Greene will reveal.
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A native of Portland, Bob Greene is the eighth generation of his family to be born in Cumberland County. His roots in Maine stretch back into the 1700s. After graduating from Portland High, Bob went off to college and a career as a journalist, covering among other things airplane crashes, Mississippi River floods, and the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He has met three presidents: Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, and Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe. And, as The Associated Press Tennis Writer, Greene traveled the world covering the sport. After retiring, he returned home to Maine where his genealogical research has led to his deep knowledge about Maine’s Black history. He currently teaches a Black History of Maine course at OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at the University of Southern Maine. Greene also is the 2021 recipient of the Maine Historical Society’s Neal Allen Award, which is presented each year for exceptional contributions to Maine History.
OTHER PROGRAMS IN THE OCTOBER 2021 DISCOVER HISTORY SERIES INCLUDE:
- Tuesday, October 5, at 6:30 pm: Maine to Cape Horn: The World’s Most Dangerous Voyage, presented by author and historian Charles Lagerbom. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE AND REGISTER FOR THE ZOOM WEBINAR.
- Monday, October 18, at 6:00 pm: Maine Quilts: 250 Years of Comfort and Community, presented by Laurie LaBar, Maine State Museum’s Chief Curator of History and Decorative Arts. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE AND REGISTER FOR THE ZOOM WEBINAR.
- Tuesday, October 26, at 6:30 pm: The Historic Designed Landscape Legacy of Camden and Rockport, presented by Eleanor “Noni” Ames. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE AND REGISTER FOR THE ZOOM WEBINAR.
- Be sure to stop by the library’s Picker Room Gallery during the month of October to see an exhibit curated by Ken Gross, Director of the Library’s Walsh History Center. The exhibit explores “The Seven S’s of Olmsted Design,” and focuses on the historic landscape design of Camden’s Harbor Park. This exhibit was created as part of the nation-wide Olmsted 200 Celebration.
Discover History Month at the Camden Public Library is generously sponsored by Camden Riverhouse Hotel & Inn.
Additional support is provided by The Smiling Cow.