SUNDAY, JANUARY 19 @ 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM. Throughout 2020, the Camden Public Library will celebrate Maine’s Bicentennial with a collection of captivating programs on many facets of the State’s history. The series will begin with monthly Sunday afternoon talks co-hosted by the Camden-Rockport Historical Society. The first of the talks will be held on Sunday, January 19, at 2:00 pm in the library’s Picker Room.
David Cheever’s program “Ready or Not: Statehood Comes to Maine” is an excellent introduction to the Bicentennial. Cheever will reveal the tumultuous story of Maine’s road to statehood — from before 1820 and leading up to the outbreak of the Civil War. Cheever, an enthusiastic and dynamic speaker, is currently serving as Vice Chairman of the Maine Bicentennial Commission. He is a Deputy Secretary of State for Public Outreach and Civic Engagement, and recently completed his second six-year term as Maine State Archivist. His archival connection remains strong as he is a member of the Collections Committee of the United States Semiquincentennial Commission, the national organization preparing the 250th anniversary of the birth of the United States. Using the extensive collections of the Archives, he continues to speak throughout the state to schools and civic groups about the impact of the Civil War upon Maine, and Maine’s impact upon the Civil War.