News Feature

Originally published in Compass, June 19, 2014
Illustrated American Revolution lecture set in Castine

During the American Revolution, loyalty to one side or the other often tested town, family, and personal relationships. Were things any different along Maine’s Penobscot River? On Tuesday, June 24, at 3 p.m. at the Wilson Museum in Castine, join Dr. Liam Riordan for “Does the American Revolution Look Different from the Penobscot River”, an illustrated lecture about the American Revolution in Maine. He will explore the ambiguous allegiances of people in the sparsely settled “eastern country” of Massachusetts, with special attention to the British presence at Castine’s Fort George and the disastrous Penobscot Expedition of 1779.

Riordan has been a member of the History Department at the University of Maine in Orono since 1997. His central areas of research expertise are on religious, racial, and ethnic diversity in the Philadelphia region during the American Revolution and with Loyalism in the British Atlantic World. He is a board member of the Maine Humanities Council and the University of Maine Humanities Initiative and helps to organize the annual Maine National History Day contest for grade 6-12 students.

This program is free and open to the public in conjunction with the museum’s summer exhibit on the Defence, a privateer lost during the Penobscot Expedition and excavated in the 1970s. Some of the items recovered during the excavation are on loan from the Maine State Museum. For more information, contact the Wilson Museum at 326-9247 or The museum is located at 120 Perkins Street.