Maine History Maker Award 2017 - Honoring the Cianchette Family
Recorded on October 24, 2017
Maine Historical Society's Maine History Maker award honors contemporary citizens who are shaping life in Maine today. Eligible honorees include business leaders, artists, community members, cultural workers, doctors, journalists, educators, political figures, and others who make a difference.
This year, Maine Historical Society has selected the Cianchette family as its 2017 Maine History Maker. The award honors the direct descendants of Ralph and Edna Cianchette—their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. 100 years of Cianchette family history reflects essential aspects of the Maine experience—Ralph's immigration to Maine, his sons' service during World War II, and the brothers' hustle and acumen in building Cianbro, Main Line Fence and other businesses. Now, in this century, we see the many ways in which their children and grandchildren continue to lead in diverse endeavors.
The program features:
- Presentation of the Maine History Maker Award to Ken Cianchette by MHS executive director Steve Bromage.
- Panel discussion on visions for the state's future with Andrea Cianchette Maker, an attorney at Pierce Atwood whose practice supports Maine businesses and whose civic leadership focuses on ensuring that Maine's economy will thrive in the future; Jason Cianchette, founder of Liquid Wireless and Huzzap, and focused on growing the digital economy here in Maine, and Michael Cianchette, business executive, former Chief Legal Counsel and Senior Advisor to Gov. Paul LePage, and Maine Turnpike Authority Member.