Reflections on 300 years of the Scots Irish in Maine, 1718-2018
Thursday, April 11, 2019, 7:00 PM
at Freeport Community Library
So you think you know the History of New England Settlement? Pilgrims, Puritans, and … Scots-Irish? In fact, Scots from the northern region of Ireland were some of the earliest settlers to coastal Maine beginning three centuries ago. According to surveyor-historian John Mann, as many as half of the earliest pioneers of Freeport, Brunswick, and surrounds were of Scots-Irish ancestry. If your roots are deep here, or if you are interested in a relatively unknown history of the area, you won’t want to miss this event!
Last August, in commemoration of the 1718 migration, the Maine Ulster Scots Project hosted a conference at Bowdoin College that included the presentation of papers– academic, poetic, and personal. These papers from 19 different authors have been published together and “reflect deeper stories that remain embedded in colonial identity and conflict.” The book is offered as an exploration of “historical narratives through the lens of migration from Ulster and the way the frontier experience shaped the people who invented a nation.” Please join us in celebrating the publication of this new book with guest speakers:
William Roulston, Ulster Historical Foundation, Belfast, Northern Ireland
John T. Mann, President Emeritus of Maine Ulster Scots Project
Rebecca J. Graham, President Maine Ulster Scots Project
This event is co-sponsored by the Maine Ulster Scots Project, the Saint Andrews Society of Maine, the Ulster-Scots Agency, Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Freeport Historical Society.