>, Pre-Performance Lectures, Special Events>Panel Discussion: “The History and Impact of Immigration in Maine” Free, panel discussion lecture before Gabriela Montero
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Show Times:

January 18, 2020 • 1:00 pm

Maine Historical Society

1 pm – 2:30 pm

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Or call 207.842.0800

When we talk about immigration to Maine, we start with white settler-colonialism. What has been the impact of immigration on Maine’s land and people from the first French explorers in 1604 to the present? What are the drivers of recent immigration movements, and how does each new wave shift Maine’s economy and culture? What specific challenges do Maine’s environment and population pose for new arrivals; and how do we support Maine’s first peoples? Panelists for this discussion include Maulian Dana, Penobscot Nation Tribal Ambassador; journalist Colin Woodard, author of American Nations and The Lobster Coast; Tilly Laskey, curator of Holding Up The Sky and Native art and culture specialist at the Maine Historical Society; and Alain Nahimana, Executive Director of the Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center. Moderated by Linda Nelson, Deputy Director of Portland Ovations and Bowdoin College graduate in American Studies.


The panel discussion takes place at the Maine Historical Society.


For more information about Offstage activities, please call 207.773.3150 or email offstage@portlandovations.org.


Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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A growing museum, incomparable library and statewide educational resource, the Maine Historical Society is located in the heart of Portland’s downtown cultural district. Founded in 1822, the Maine Historical Society is the third oldest state historical society in the United States.

Maine Historical Society is open year round and situated in downtown Portland, across from Monument Square. The Maine Historical Society strives to serve the entire state through its education and outreach programs and through the digital museum, the Maine Memory Network.

MHS is comprised of the Wadsworth–Longfellow House and Longfellow Garden, the Maine Historical Society Museum and Store, the MHS Research Library and the Maine Memory Network.