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MHS to Honor Five Food Innovators With Maine History Maker Award November 13, 2018

October 3, 2018

MHS to Honor Five Food Innovators With Maine History Maker Award November 13, 2018

Portland ME: Each year, the Maine Historical Society (MHS) presents its Maine History Maker Award to a trailblazer who has made significant contributions to the Maine community. In a creative adaptation for 2018, MHS will honor five innovators in Maine's food industry.

Happening at the University of New England Innovation Hall on November 13, the program features a presentation of the Maine History Maker Award to each honoree by MHS Executive Director Steve Bromage, followed by a panel discussion with the honorees on the future of Maine's food industry. Tickets are $50 per person.

“Our Maine History Maker Award recognizes innovation and leadership that have defined Maine throughout its history,” affirms Steve Bromage. “This year’s five honorees carry forward Maine's heritage of leadership in the food industry which dates back centuries -- from when our merchants, shipbuilders and fishermen began serving international markets, to Mainers' invention of the canning industry, and the emergence of lobsters, blueberries and whoopie pies as iconic Maine foods. Our honorees have helped reimagine the food industry, creating new products and markets to revitalize Maine's economy and enrich Maine's sense of place.”

2018 Maine History Maker honorees:

1. The Barber Family: Through its stewardship of Barber Foods, members of the Barber family have been prominent civic leaders and economic catalysts of the Maine community. Building one of Maine’s most successful businesses, they strengthened the community by providing hundreds of local jobs, including welcoming many of Maine’s new immigrants into their labor force.

2. Sam Hayward: Mr. Hayward’s commitment to local foods and partnership with Maine providers and producers has had an immense impact on Maine’s restaurant scene.

3. David L. Geary: Mr. Geary’s vision and hard work helped create an industry where once there was virtually none. He has mentored and generated opportunity for a new generation of passionate brewers who are reshaping Maine.

4. O’Hara Corporation: The O’Hara family has long dedicated its vivacity and leadership to Maine and our state’s seafood sector. As the company evolves and seeks various opportunities, it continues to maintain its Rockland headquarters.

5. Smith’s Farm: The interests of consumers for sustainable products reflect practices that have defined Smith’s Farm, ever since Oliver and Isabelle started farming in 1859. Their recent generations will be honored as well, by recognizing the growth of Smith Packing.

Proceeds from this year's Maine History Maker Award event will support Maine Historical Society's statewide celebration of the Maine Bicentennial. These efforts, well underway, include mobilizing over 270 Maine organizations and their communities to explore, preserve and share their history through MHS's nationally-recognized Maine Memory Network (

What: Maine History Maker: Maine Historical Society honors Five Food Innovators

Who: Honoring The Barber Family, Sam Hayward, David L. Geary, O’Hara Corporation, Smith’s Farm

When: Tuesday, November 13, 2018, from 5:00 – 7:30 pm.

5:00 pm: Reception with Light Fare and Cash Bar;

6:00 pm: Maine History Maker Award Ceremony and Panel Discussion.

Where: University of New England Innovation Hall, 772 Stevens Avenue, Portland Maine

Tickets: $50 per person. Purchase online or call 207-774-1822. Proceeds support Maine Historical Society's statewide celebration of Maine's Bicentennial.

For more information:

Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101

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