Maine’s Mid-Century Moment | Calendar of Events

Kosti RuohamaaPhotographer Kosti Ruohamaa

May 20, 2021 | 6-7:30pm

at the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport
Exhibit Opening & talk by biographer Deanna Bonner-Gantner


When We Were The KennedysSignature Event – Monica Wood

June 4, 2021 | 7 pm

at the Susan and Barry Farber Forum (formerly Jewett Auditorium), Jewett Hall, UMA Augusta Campus
Monica Wood will provide a key note for the UMA/USM Bicentennial Conference, “Maine’s Long 20th Century, An Exploration,” and also read from When We Were the Kennedys


Our Way Down EastAuthor Highlight: Elinor Graham

June 24, 2021 | 6:30-8:00pm

hosted by the Freeport Historical Society

at the Freeport Library
Panel discussion by scholars and family members of the author.

Featuring her daughter Lani Graham


Northeast Historic FilmNortheast Historic Film Screening in Bucksport

July 14, 2021

A curated program of Maine mid-century films.


The Little LocksmithAuthor Highlight: Katharine Butler Hathaway

August 24, 2021 | 7-8:30pm

at the Castine Historical Society
Panel discussion by scholars and family members of the author.
Interested parties may pre-register for a tour of Hathaway’s Castine house (space is limited).


Postponed Events

The following events have been temporarily postponed due to the response to COVID-19 and the limits on public gatherings.  Updates will be provided as events are rescheduled.

Elizabeth Arden’s Maine Chance Lodge, hosted by the Belgrade Historical Society

at the 7Lakes Alliance, Belgrade.
Scholar-led discussion on this mid-century Maine destination for socialites and movie stars.

Mid-Century Visual Culture: Issues and Institutions

at the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville
Panel will address a broad spectrum of Maine visual culture in the mid-century era

Maine’s Rural Power Couple: The Coatsworth Bestons

at the Skidompha Public Library in Damariscotta
Scholar-led discussion of the authors.

Mid-Century Maine Artists

at Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick
Panel discussion on Maine artists of the era, including Marsden Hartley and Andrew Wyeth.

Author Highlight: Louise Dickinson Rich

Scholar-led panel discussion at the Bethel Historical Society

Indigenous Mid-Century Maine

at the UMA-Bangor Campus
Panel will explore significant Wabanaki people, cultures, and policies in the mid-century era.

Mid-Century Maine Children’s Literature

at the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick
Roundtable discussion to focus on Robert McCloskey (One Morning in Maine), Margaret Wise Brown (Goodnight Moon), and E. B. White (Charlotte’s Web). Concurrent exhibit of McCloskey’s illustrations.