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Maine Historical Society honors Cianchette family with 2017 Maine History Maker Award

September 28, 2017

Each year, Maine Historical Society (MHS) recognizes contemporary citizens who are shaping life in Maine today through the Maine History Maker Award. This year for the fifth annual Maine History Maker Award, MHS is recognizing the Cianchette family for their business and civic leadership at an awards ceremony on October 24th.

The 2017 Maine History Maker 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. Cianchette leadership—past, present, and future—is what we honor.

The program features: • A presentation of the Maine History Maker Award to Ken Cianchette by MHS executive director Steve Bromage; • A 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; Michael Cianchette, business executive, former Chief Legal Counsel and Senior Advisor to Gov. Paul LePage, and Maine Turnpike Authority Member

The Maine History Maker Award has been given four times before: to Mary Bonauto, Civil Rights attorney, who successfully argued for marriage equality in front of the Supreme Court, the Mills family, Dora, Janet, Paul, and Peter; Vin Veroneau, President and CEO of the J.B. Brown & Sons Company; and Mert Henry, a retired lawyer and political strategist.

When & Where Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at Hannaford Hall, University of Southern Maine (88 Bedford St, Portland) 5:00pm: Reception with wine, beer and light fare 6:00pm: Maine History Maker Award ceremony and program

Tickets: $50 / person. Purchase online at or call (207) 774-1822.

About Maine Historical Society Located in the heart of Portland’s downtown cultural district, we are a growing museum, incomparable library and statewide educational resource. Founded in 1822, Maine Historical Society is the third oldest state historical society in the United States. MHS strives to serve the entire state through its education and outreach programs and through the Maine Memory Network digital museum. MHS is comprised of the Wadsworth-Longfellow House and Garden, the MHS Museum and Store, the MHS Brown Research Library, and Maine Memory Network. @mainehistory.

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