THE BICENTENNIAL THAT NEVER WAS | A Conversation With Maine Senator Bill Diamond
In March of 2020, as the state of Maine was just days away from celebrating “Statehood Weekend” – its 200th year of statehood and independence from Massachusetts – the coronavirus pandemic struck and shuttered virtually everything, including statewide events to commemorate the bicentennial. Consequently, the people of Maine – and beyond – were effectively robbed of a proper celebration on the state’s 200th birthday, leaving the question of when the state would ever be able to celebrate.
On Wednesday, March 3, I sat down with Maine Senator Bill Diamond (D-Windham), chairman of the Maine200 Bicentennial Commission, to discuss all things bicentennial, including how the COVID-19 pandemic affected commemorative events last year, what we can look forward to this year, as well as his background as a Mainer. This is the first part in a series interviewing members of the Maine200 Bicentennial Commission to hear their stories.