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Maine Historical Society Convened 198th Annual Meeting with New Trustees and Awards

June 24, 2020

Wadsworth-Longfellow House, Portland, ca. 1941 Collections MHS / MMN #99474

Wadsworth-Longfellow House, Portland, ca. 1941 Collections MHS / MMN #99474

Portland, Maine: On June 6, 2020, the Maine Historical Society (MHS) Board of Trustees convened its 198th Annual Meeting for the first time in its history in a new online platform because of the coronavirus pandemic. Board President Jean Gulliver welcomed new members to the statewide organization, and Executive Director Steve Bromage presented awards to community leaders and Trustees for their commitment to advancing the mission of MHS to preserve and share Maine’s story.

Liz Johnson (Portland), Tom Platz (Auburn), and Natalie Sotoloff (Portland) were elected to their first terms on the Board; Laura Sprague (Portland) to her second; and Tyler Judkins (Portland), Eileen Skinner (Portland), and Andy Verzosa (Newington, CT) to their third.

The following awards were presented:

• James Phinney Baxter Award, for the best article published in Maine History (the MHS scholarly journal produced with University of Maine-Orono History Department) was conferred to Eben Miller (Lewiston).

• Elizabeth Ring Service Award, for outstanding volunteer service to MHS, was presented to Brenda Steeves (Gorham).

• Neal W. Allen, Jr. History Award, which honors outstanding contributions to the field of Maine history by scholars, was bestowed to Liam Riordan, PhD; (Bangor) and posthumously to Ronald F. Banks, author of Maine Becomes a State: The Movement to Separate Maine from Massachusetts, 1785-1820.

• Trustee Recognition Award, for outstanding service and changemaking roles was presented to these Directors who were rotating off the Board: Carl Chatto, Joseph Gray, Peter Merrill, Kathryn Schneider Smith, Lee Webb, Theresa Secord and Charles Stanhope.

For more details on the MHS Board of Trustees,click here.

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