Maine bicentennial

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Two hundred years ago today, Maine took an important step down the road to statehood. The 274 delegates who had gathered at the Constitutional Convention in Portland finished drafting a document. Its very first article is a "Declaration of Rights."

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International travel publication Lonely Planet has named Maine one of the world's top regions to travel to in 2020.

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Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap is debuting a series of 30-second recorded announcements, prepared by the Maine State Archives, retelling the story of the state in the months leading up to its bicentennial. The series and similar projects are being unveiled Thursday morning in Winthrop.

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Originally published 5:07 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, 2019.

Two hundred years ago, delegates from 236 Maine cities and towns were in Portland, beginning to craft what would become the state constitution. Historian Herb Adams, speaking with Irwin Gratz, says the delegates came from all walks of life, and grappled with fundamental issues of governance, among other matters.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The National Endowment for the Humanities is going to help a pair of Maine cultural institutions engage more with the public about the state's bicentennial.

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Maine is officially celebrating its bicentennial. Maine Public’s Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz spent some time with Herb Adams, a former state representative from Portland who is also known for being steeped in the state's history.  Adams sheds light on how the state came to be nearly 200 years ago, and the event's connection to the battle over slavery.

Maine Marks 200th Birthday Since It Split From Massachusetts

Jul 31, 2019
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Celebrations for Maine’s bicentennial began Tuesday, as Gov. Janet Mills raised the bicentennial flag in Presque Isle, Bangor, Portland and Augusta, marking the 200 anniversary of the vote to separate the District of Maine from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The deadline has arrived for Mainers to cast their ballot about which flag should honor their state's bicentennial.