Maine Archives and Museums Conference
The Association of Maine Archives and Museums invites you to join us
in Presque Isle, Maine for its annual conference on the theme
"Maine Beyond Borders: Overcoming Barriers"
Keynote Speaker: Paul Buck
Paul Buck is a Professor of History and Education at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. He has a doctorate in U.S. and Canadian history from the University of Maine. a is proficient in English, French, Spanish, German, Russian, and Wolof.
Paul will speak to the conference theme of Maine Beyon Borders: Overcoming Barriers by examining the different perspectives of Maine statehood and of Maine culture as seen through the prism of the Webster-Ashburton Treaty of 1842, which definitively established the boundary between British North America and the United States.
Paul will explore the treaty and its impact on the singular Acadian and Francophone community of the St. John Valley, which found itself split into two countries. Paul will give historical context as well, most certainly commencing with the long-standing Maliseet and Mi’kmaq communities of the region, along with Scots-Irish and, by the 1820s, of Maine Yankee residents
Plenary Speaker: John Dennis
The plenary speaker is John Dennis, a Mi'kmaq language keeper and educator.
Opening ReceptionThe Presque Isle Historical Society will welcome us to Presque Isle by hosting a reception on Thursday, October 12, 7:00 to 8:30 PM, at the 1875 Vera Estey House Museum, a two-story Victorian house given the designation of “Distinctive Destination” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Read more here: Opening Reception Flyer.
In addition to a keynote presentation by Paul Buck and a plenary session presentation by John Dennis, the conference program will feature twelve presentations by your Maine Archives and Museums colleagues, with an emphasis on the theme of overcoming barriers and including two sessions geared toward all volunteer organizations. Click here to view the conference program.
The Northeastland Hotel is offering a special rate of $103 per night for queen or double bed rooms while availability lasts. This hotel is newly renovated and features an upscale restaurant in the lobby. Please call the hotel (207-768-5321) to reserve a room and say you are attending the Maine Archives & Museums Conference.
The Hampton Inn has reserved a block of rooms at a discounted rate of $179 per night. Please call the hotel (207-760-9292) to reserve a room and have your address, email or phone number, and credit card at the ready. Or click on this Booking Link and edit the reservation dates as necessary at the top of the page.
Attendees may share carpooling information on this spreadsheet.
There will be free trolley service between the conference and three local hotels (The Northeastland Hotel, Hampton Inn, and SureStay by Best Western).