Highlights From Our 193rd Annual Meeting

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Ellsworth Brown delivers the keynote at Maine Historical Society’s 193rd Annual Meeting

On Saturday, June 6 we convened in the Brown Library Reading Room for the 193rd Maine Historical Society Annual Meeting.

Ellsworth H. Brown, Ph.D — Director of the Wisconsin Historical Society — delivered an engaging keynote address to our crowd of 80. Brown discussed how history shapes place and region, entertaining the audience with anecdotes and insights. “Stories are how humankind makes sense of itself,” said Brown. “We are society’s memory,” he later noted regarding the role of museums and historical societies. And on the prevalence of digital information today, Brown made a provoking declaration: “The digital world is a real world. It’s not different; it’s real.”

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Ellsworth Brown & Steve Bromage

Prior to Brown’s speech, MHS Executive Director Steve Bromage bestowed awards upon three prominent individuals in the MHS network:

  • Elizabeth Ring Service Award: Aynne Doil, Events Chair
  • Neal W. Allen, Jr. History Award: Candace Kanes, Curator, Maine Memory Network
  • Trustee Recognition Award: Theodore B. Oldham
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Steve Bromage & Aynne Doil

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Steve Bromage & Candace Kanes

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Theodore B. Oldham & Steve Bromage

Additionally, four new Trustees were welcomed to the Board:

  • Penelope Carson
  • Nancy Cline
  • Jan Eakins
  • Tobey Scott

To round out the day, participants were led on a special tour of our collections storage featuring an up-close look at some of our seldom-seen treasures; and a chance to learn how our new offsite Collections Management Center — developed in partnership with Portland Public Library — is helping to shape MHS’s future.

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