Saturday, April 4th at 4:00 pm
Freeport Community Services, 53 Depot Street
Honored Speaker: Colin Woodard
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 and award-winning journalist. He is currently a contributing editor at Politico and State & National Affairs Writer at the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram, where he won a 2012 George Polk Award, was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting, and was named 2014 Journalist of the Year by the Maine Press Association. A Maine native and a longtime foreign correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor, The Chronicle of Higher Education and The San Francisco Chronicle, he has reported from more than fifty foreign countries and seven continents, and lived for more than four years in Eastern Europe. He is the author of six books: Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood (Viking, 2020) American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good (Viking, 2016) American Nations: A History of The Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America (Viking, 2011), The Republic of Pirates: Being The True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down (Harcourt, 2007), the New England bestseller The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier (Viking, 2004), a cultural and environmental history of coastal Maine, and Ocean’s End: Travels Through Endangered Seas (Basic Books, 2000), a narrative non-fiction account of the deterioration of the world’s oceans. A graduate of Tufts University and the University of Chicago, he lives in Midcoast Maine. www.colinwoodard.com