Summer 2021 Talks

Blue Hill and Maine’s Coastal Network

Summer 2021 Lecture Series

Presented by the Blue Hill Historical Society
in Association with the Blue Hill Public Library and the Blue Hill Maritime Heritage Festival

Location: Howard Room, Blue Hill Public Library, 5 Parker Point Road

July 22, 7 pm:  John Bear Williams, Wabanaki Studies, U Me., (Orono)
Topic: Wabanaki Waterscape Stories: Cultural Resilience in Maine Over Time 

A spellbinding speaker and storyteller, John Bear Williams is a lecturer in Wabanaki Studies with the University of Maine’s Wabanaki Center. He is also the Student Development Coordinator as well as Program Coordinator of UMS Native American Waiver and Educational Program.

August 5, 3:00 – 5pm   Prof. Kevin Murphy, Chair of Art and Architecture,
Vanderbilt University
Topic: The Mariner’s Art: Blue Hill and Beyond

Kevin Murphy is Andrew W. Mellon Chair in the Humanities, and the author of Jonathan Fisher of Blue Hill, Maine: Commerce, Culture and Community on the Eastern Frontier (2010). He teaches courses in 19th Century Architecture and Material Culture in Europe and North America. He is a summertime resident of Brooksville.

August 20, 7pm: Lincoln Paine, noted author
Topic: Blue Hill by the Sea, a Maritime Historical Retrospective

Award winning author of numerous articles and several books: The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World (2013), Down East: An Illustrated History of Maritime  Maine (2018), and Ships of the World: An Historical Encyclopedia (Houghton Mifflin, 1997). He and his wife live in Portland.



How Maine Became a Free State, 1820

The talk featured below was given by Liam Riordan, Ph.D., Professor of History at the University of Maine. It was delivered at the Historical Society’s Annual Meeting at Blue Hill Public Library on Saturday, October 12, 2019. Here, Professor Riordan describes how Maine became a free state in 1820. In 2020, Maine celebrates its bicentennial anniversary as a free state.