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Check here for the latest updates to our Bicentennial plans as we adapt to keep Mainers safe from COVID-19. You’ll still find photos and videos about Maine200 press conferences and other events held before the crisis.

COVID-19 UPDATE: MOST BICENTENNIAL EVENTS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR MARCH–MAY, 2020 HAVE BEEN POSTPONED, AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED ONCE THE COURSE OF THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK IS BETTER KNOWN.

NOTE THAT COMMUNITY GRANTS CONTINUE TO BE AWARDED AS PLANNED, PROVIDING MUCH-NEEDED FUNDING FOR LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS PREPARING BICENTENNIAL-RELATED EVENTS.

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News coverage

March 12, 2020
statehood day ceremony postponed 

Originally scheduled for March 15, this event will be rescheduled once the course of the COVID-19 outbreak is better known. At that time, Governor Janet T. Mills and the Maine Bicentennial Commission will lead a ceremony commemorating Maine's 200th Anniversary of Statehood.

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february 20, 2020

YOU'RE INVITED TO STATEHOOD DAY

Join Governor Janet T. Mills and the Maine Bicentennial Commission for the Statehood Day Ceremony, a historic commemoration of Maine's 200th anniversary of Statehood.

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January 2, 2020
200 Recipes for Maine's 200th Birthday

A cookbook is being put together, celebrating 200 years of Maine recipes.

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november 27, 2019
these foodies want you to raid grandma's recipe box for her best maine recipes

Fiddleheads. Needhams. Bean-hole beans. Blueberry pie. Those iconic Maine treats are just some of the recipes that are likely to be included in a planned cookbook, “The Maine Bicentennial Community Cookbook: 200 Recipes Celebrating Maine’s Culinary Past, Present, & Future,” due out sometime in 2020, Maine’s bicentennial year.

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november 26, 2019
state unveils commemorative coin for maine's 200th anniversary

Maine has an official commemorative coin to celebrate the state's 200th anniversary.

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november 25, 2019
maine's bicentennial coin unveiled

One side of the coin shows a moose in the foreground and Mount Kineo and Moosehead Lake in the background.

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november 25, 2019
state unveils commemorative coin for maine's 200th anniversary

Bicentennial Commission Chair Senator Bill Diamond unveiled it Monday at the capitol. The commission actually presented two different types of coins celebrating Maine's big birthday, which is next year.

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november 21, 2019
senator diamond to unveil maine bicentennial coin

“From the beginning, we received requests for a commemorative coin to mark this historic anniversary of Maine’s Statehood,” said Sen. Diamond. 

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july 20, 2019
Governor Mills kicks off maine's bicentennial celebration 

Gov. Janet Mills kicked off celebrations for Maine’s 200th year of statehood on Tuesday with a visit to the Star City.

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july 30, 2019
Vote on Maine statehood was far from assured two centuries ago

Every attempt over the previous 30 years to separate from Massachusetts had failed until July 26, 1819 – 200 years ago this week.

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july 9, 2019
Celebrating Historic Maine Landmarks during Bicentennial

The Maine Historic Preservation Commission is looking for the places where in 1819 Mainers voted to leave Massachusetts.

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may 27, 2019
lewiston-auburn to host bicentennial parade in 2020

The Bicentennial Commission has announced that Lewiston-Auburn will be hosting the official State of Maine Bicentennial Parade in spring 2020.

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march 26, 2019
q&a with Jason libby about the maine bicentennial

Maine Bicentennial Commission member Jason Libby speaks with Antiques and the Arts Weekly about Maine history and the bicentennial.

Read Jason's Q&A here!



march 7, 2019
What to know about maine's upcoming bicentennial

Preparations for Maine’s bicentennial year are already well underway for the committee formed to plan official state events.

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february 11, 2019
As Maine approaches its big 2-0-0, let the planning begin

Cultural organizations are putting together events, exhibits and other programs to mark the state's bicentennial.
 
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News & Media Archive

press releases



April 9, 2020

The Maine Bicentennial Commission announces new dates for the Statehood Day Ceremony and the Bicentennial Parade. These events were postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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April 8, 2020

A letter from the Maine Bicentennial Commission Chairman Sen. Bill Diamond to all Maine200 Grant Recipients.

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March 19, 2020

The Maine Bicentennial Commission announces the second round of Community Grant awards. 

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March 12, 2020

The Maine Statehood Day Ceremony scheduled for Sunday, March 15, at 1 pm, in Augusta will be postponed due to COVID-19 precautions.

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March 6, 2020

Hannaford Supermarkets partners with Maine Bicentennial to promote Statehood dinners.

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February 21, 2019

The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the 200th anniversary of Maine statehood with issuing a NEW Forever stamp on March 15, 2020 and you are invited! Maine became the 23rd state on March 15, 1820.

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RSVP FOR STAMP DEDICATION CEREMONY



december 19, 2019

State of Maine Bicentennial Parade Launch Event with Poland Spring.



december 17, 2019

The Maine Bicentennial Commission will announce the State of Maine Bicentennial Parade presenting sponsor on December 19, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., at the Poland Spring Museum, in Poland.

The parade will take place on May 16, 2020, in Lewiston and Auburn.

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november 21, 2019

Sen. Diamond to unveil the bicentennial coin Monday, November, 25th at the Maine State House in Augusta.

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november 7, 2019

The Maine Bicentennial Commission announces the first round of Community Grant awards. 

Read More  Community Grant Recipients

 

press kit

Info & Resources, Leadership Details, Background Information, Accomplishments and Goals.

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