Bicentennial Celebration

image of original Maine flag

Photo Credit: John McKean, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

image of Maine flag

Photo Credit: U.S. State Flags Provided By , via Wikimedia Commons

2020 is the 200th anniversary of Maine becoming a state. Our statehood is more than just a local matter. In 1820 Maine entered the Union as part of the Missouri Compromise — Maine was admitted as a free state, while Missouri entered as a slave state. This compromise, to which Thomas Jefferson referred as a “fire bell in the night,” maintained the balance of power between North and South in the United States Senate.

Early in the year, the Historical Society made bold plans for celebrating the Bicentennial and was working with the Alice L. Pendleton Library and other island organizations on a Bicentennial Bash. But the pandemic scuttled those plans. So, instead, we’ve established this page to celebrate video performances related to Maine and Islesboro!

Below, you’ll find the link to the Past Programs' page where you can view the 2020 Islesboro Central School graduation, programs featuring special talks, performance pieces from islanders that record how some people who live on Islesboro celebrated the Bicentennial, and how we passed this unusual summer of social distancing.

This scrapbook will be archived at the IHS for your great-great-great grandchildren to enjoy in the years to come.

Past Programs

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