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About Us
Official State of Maine Bicentennial Commission members—men and women from all over Maine, with a range of perspectives and expertise—have volunteered to Lead the Way in helping Mainers celebrate this milestone.

Vision Statement

Maine’s bicentennial is a unique occasion to draw residents, visitors, public servants and private businesses together to commemorate 200 years of statehood, celebrate Maine’s present, and inspire a healthy and prosperous future.


Mission Statement

The Maine Bicentennial Commission exists to plan, administer and coordinate programs and projects that commemorate Maine’s 200th anniversary of statehood, with three major goals:

  • To explore Maine’s history from the many perspectives of its multiple past and current populations;
  • To celebrate Maine’s present people, places, institutions and economy; and
  • To envision the public and private actions that will enhance Maine’s future prosperity.


BICENTENNIAL COMMISSIONERS

  • Sen. Bill Diamond, Chairman
  • Gov. Janet Mills
  • Hayden Anderson, Maine Humanities Council
  • Rep. Christopher W. Babbidge
  • Steve Bromage, Maine Historical Society
  • David Cheever, Maine State Archivist
  • Dana Connors, Maine Chamber of Commerce
  • Matthew Dunlap, Secretary of State
  • Bernard Fishman, Maine State Museum
  • Rep. David Haggan
  • Rep. Jim Handy
  • Jason C. Libby, Maine Historic Preservation Commission
  • Peter Merrill, Maine State Housing Authority 
  • Jim Page, University of Maine System
  • Heather Perry, Gorham Superintendent of Schools
  • Julie Rabinowitz
  • Julie Richard, Maine Arts Commission
  • James Ritter, Maine State Librarian
  • Alison Sucy, Maine Tourism Association
  • Becky Smith, Maine Community College System

Pictured at the Maine State House is our leadership and three of our four subcommittee chairpersons. From left: Rep. Jim Handy, Chairman Sen. Bill Diamond, Gov. Janet T. Mills, Vice-Chairman and Maine State Archivist David Cheever, Gorham Superintendent of Schools Heather Perry and Maine State Chamber of Commerce President, Dana Connors. Not pictured is Alison Sucy.

Pictured from left on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019: Peter Merrill, Sec. of State Matthew Dunlap, Steve Bromage, Julie Richard, Sen. James Hamper, Rep. Jim Handy, Kristen Schulze Muszynski, Jamie Ritter, Gov. Janet Mills, Sen. Bill Diamond, Hayden Anderson, Heather Perry, Hon. Meredith Strang Burgess, Jason C. Libby, David Cheever, Sen. Roger Katz, Dana Connors and Jim Mitchell at Governor's Cabinet Room, Statehouse, Augusta, ME.


BICENTENNIAL COMMITTEES

FINANCE COMMITTEE

  • Dana Connors, Maine Chamber of Commerce
  • Sen. Bill Diamond, Chairman
  • Peter Merrill, Maine State Housing Authority, Treasurer
  • Jim Mitchell, Mitchell, Tardy & Jackson

EDUCATION COMMITTEE

  • Hayden Anderson, Maine Humanities Council
  • Steve Bromage, Maine Historical Society
  • Heather Perry, Gorham Superintendent of Schools
  • Jim Page, University of Maine System
  • Samantha Warren, Maine Department of Education

marketing & SOCIAL MEDIA COMMITTEE

  • Rep. Mark Bryant
  • Rep. Jim Handy
  • Kristen Muszynski, Maine Secretary of State
  • James Ritter, Maine State Librarian
  • Hon. Meredith Strang Burgess, Burgess Advertising
  • Alison Sucy, Maine Tourism Association

PROGRAM & EVENTS COMMITTEE

  • Tandy Boynton, Maine Community College System
  • Steve Bromage, Maine Historical Society
  • Matthew Dunlap, Secretary of State
  • Bernard Fishman, Maine State Museum
  • Rebecca Graham, Maine Municipal Association
  • Lorna Hatch, Maine VA Togus, Retired
  • Jason C. Libby, Maine Historic Preservation Commission
  • Kristen Muszynski, Maine Secretary of State
  • Julie Rabinowitz
  • Julie Richard, Maine Arts Commission
  • Sen. Roger Katz
  • Becky Smith, Maine Community College System
  • Alison Sucy, Maine Tourism Association


BYLAWS

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ENABLING LEGISLATION

Read the full legislation.