Historian's Forum: the Maine economy since 1973, Part I
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by Michael Hillard, Cynthia Isenhour, Stefano Tijerina
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Michael Hillard, Cynthia Isenhour, Stefano Tijerina; Recorded July 15, 2023 - A major story in United States history over the past 50 years has been the decline of industrial jobs. The accompanying rise of a "post-industrial" economy has looked different for various communities and regions. The 2023 Historian's Forum featured an interdisciplinary look at economic and labor history in Maine since 1973. In Part 1, Ian Saxine, Assistant Professor of History at Bridgewater State University, introduces the Historian's Forum, a look at economic and labor history in Maine since 1973. Michael Hil ..read more
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Adapting to Sea Level Rise in Southern Maine’s Historic Waterfront Communities *CODE RED SERIES*
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Recorded October 11, 2023 - Rising seas and coastal flooding present a threat to cultural resources in historic coastal communities. Greater Portland is at considerable risk according to sea level rise projections and local communities are already experiencing recurrent flooding, erosion and increasingly intense storms—threats that are projected to increase as the Gulf of Maine warms and expands. The continued damage and destruction of local historic landmarks and sites could be detrimental to Greater Portland’s personality and sense of collective history. The panel of experts--Julie Larry, Dr ..read more
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Tragic Betrayal: The Story of Robert Peary and Minik Wallace
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by Genevieve LeMoine
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Genevieve LeMoine; Recorded November 16, 2023 - Robert Edwin Peary Sr. was an American explorer and officer in the United States Navy who made several expeditions to the Arctic in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He is perhaps best known for, in April 1909, leading an expedition that claimed to be the first to have reached the geographic North Pole. Before his famous 1909 expedition, Peary sailed to Greenland in the summer of 1897 to bring an iron meteorite back to the United States. When he returned in the fall, he brought with him six Inughuit people invited to spend to winter in ..read more
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Spectulation Nation
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by Michael Blaakman
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Michael Blaakman; Recorded October 4, 2023 - During the quarter-century after 1776, the new United States was swept by a wave of land speculation so unprecedented in intensity and scale that contemporaries and historians alike have dubbed it a "mania." From Maine to the Mississippi and Georgia to the Great Lakes, wily merchants, lawyers, planters, and financiers purchased claims to millions of acres of land—chasing fantastical visions of profit by investing in the United States' future expansion across Native American territories. Although such ambitious schemes drove many speculators int ..read more
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Bring Back the Pollinators
Maine Historical Society - Programs Podcast
by Lisa Massie
2M ago
Lisa Massie; Recorded September 14, 2023 - Bees and other pollinators are essential parts of all ecosystems on earth and are fundamental for the long-term survival of flowering plants; the role they play in Maine's environment is one of the many topics explored in CODE RED: Climate, Justice, and Natural History Collections. This talk with the Xerces Society addressed the concerns of native pollinators and the possible impacts on society without them. We discussed food production, native bee conservation, creating habitats, and no-cost ways to make positive impacts around your home ..read more
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Climate, Justice, and the Future of Maine's Environment
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by Bill McKibben and Steve Bromage
2M ago
Bill McKibben and Steve Bromage; Recorded November 30, 2023 - As we approached the last month of CODE RED, our landmark exhibition examining topics around the climate and biodiversity crisis, it seemed only fitting to take the time to reflect on what we’ve learned, and to look forward and envision "What comes next?" In this informative dialogue with Maine Historical Society Executive Director Steve Bromage and environmentalist Bill McKibben, we considered Maine’s pivotal role in the modern environmental movement, and the actions we all can take to be part of this positive legacy ..read more
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"A Man to be Thankful for"? Louis Agassiz and His Contemporaries
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by Christoph Irmscher
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Christoph Irmscher; Recorded August 8, 2023 - Christoph Irmscher, author of Louis Agassiz: Creator of American Science, reflected on Agassiz's legacy, his friendships with Emerson, Henry Wadsworth and Fanny Longfellow and others, and how his own thinking about Agassiz has (and hasn't) changed since he published his biography 10 years ago. The talk addressed Agassiz's scientific achievements as well as his controversial involvement in the production of racist photographs, not only the more infamous daguerreotypes but also the less familiar cache of glass negatives made in Manaus, Brazil, i ..read more
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When the Island Had Fish, a book talk with Janna Malamud Smith
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Recorded July 11, 2023 - How has the notion of a Maine “fishing community” changed with time? How has the relationship the people of Maine have with natural world changed over thousands of years? When the Island had Fish is the story of a tiny island, Vinalhaven Maine, that offers a close look at the significant history of Maine fishing particularly, but also offers perspective on the impact of industrialized fishing on small fishing villages all over the United States and the world. Vinalhaven’s documented habitation by fishermen dates back over 5000 years, and still today lobstering is the p ..read more
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Portland Maine: Connections Across Time, a book talk with Paul Ledman
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Recorded June 27, 2023 - Ever since the early 1600s, when the first Europeans set foot on the peninsula that was to later become the City of Portland, the city's social and economic history has been shaped by national and international events. Some of these events are very well-known while others have been mostly forgotten, but all of them have influenced the city in both tangible and intangible ways. In the podcast Author Paul Ledman discusses historical connections and the history of Portland in the larger context of national and international events ..read more
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Wit and Wisdom, a book talk with Joan Radner
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Recorded June 20, 2023 - Wit and Wisdom begins with the story of an odd discovery in a Maine attic—a discovery that led Joan Radner to uncover a long-lost rural tradition of joyful wintertime gatherings. We might imagine that the long, dark winter evenings and deep snows of northern New England would have isolated nineteenth-century families in their scattered farmsteads. But this was far from the truth: rural villagers saw winter as a "season of improvement," a time not only for home industries and woods work, but also for mental exercise in good company. Neighbors bent on self-improvement ..read more
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