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UMA Bangor Campus Presents: Bangor & the Base: 50 Years Later

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How Dow and the City Changed Each Other

50th Anniversary Dow ConferenceMarch 30, 2018, 8:30am – 1:00pm, Eastport Hall, UMA Bangor campus

BANGOR – The University of Maine at Augusta Bangor Campus will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the US Air Force transferring ownership of Dow Air Force Base to the city of Bangor with a half-day conference March 30.  This free conference is open to the public, and will provide a historical perspective of Dow and its current significance to the Bangor community.

In April 1968, the Air Force took the formal steps of transferring ownership of Dow Air Force Base to Bangor. While the Air Force had announced its intent to close the base four years earlier, spring of 1968 marked the formal transfer.

In commemorating the 50th anniversary of this event, UMA Bangor Campus (currently located on a portion of what was Dow Air Force Base will bring together speakers to share Dow’s history, from its inception in 1940 as Dow Field, through the Korean War, when it became Dow Air Force Base, to its transformation by the city of Bangor into its current position as an intricate part of the Bangor community. (A list of speakers and topics is provided below.)

“We are very excited to bring together individuals to tell the story of Dow,” said Tom McCord, Adjunct Assistant Professor of History at UMA Bangor.  “Dow has been an important part of Bangor’s history, even after the transfer in 1968,” continued McCord. “Our speakers will provide a historical progression that will lead to an understanding of the significant presence the Dow area is for the city of Bangor.”

In addition to the speakers, photographic displays will show Dow Field during World War II and as a Cold War airbase, along with photographs from the university era.  The conference will conclude with a flyover by the Maine Air National Guard, weather permitting.


Conference Program

8:30 – 9:00 am Welcome and Light Refreshments 124 Eastport Hall
9:00 – 9:45 am Connect, Create, Command: Dow Field and Wartime Bangor
David H. Bergquist, Author, Bangor in World War II
135 Eastport Hall
9:45 – 10:30 am Home Base: The Air Force in Bangor, 1950-1968
Tom McCord, Adjunct Assistant Professor of History, UMA Bangor
135 Eastport Hall
10:30 – 10:45 am Break 124 Eastport Hall
10:45 – 11:30 am From Base to University
Colleen Coffey, Learning Success Specialist,
Haley Brown, Library Specialist, UMA Bangor
135 Eastport Hall
11:30 am – 12:15pm From Base to International Airport
Anthony P. Caruso, Jr., Director, Bangor International Airport
135 Eastport Hall
12:15 – 1:00 pm On Duty: the Maine Air National Guard
Chief Master Sgt. Daniel G. Moore, Command
Chief Master Sergeant, 101st Air Refueling Wing
135 Eastport Hall
1:00 pm Finale – Maine Air National Guard Flyover
Weather Permitting
Outside Eastport Hall