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Bangor Adult & Community Education

25 Events That Changed the Face of Bangor

with Richard Shaw


Historian Richard Shaw digs deep into his historical files to present an illustrated seminar every student should find enriching. Since being settled by Jacob Buswell in 1769, the future city of Bangor has racked up a long list of events, some happy, some harrowing, that shaped it into today's vibrant community. Discussed will be its incorporation as a town in 1791 and as a city in 1834. Military milestones include 1779's disastrous Penobscot Expedition, the invasion by the British in 1814, the departure of the 2nd Maine Regiment in 1861, and the opening of Dow Air Force Base in 1942. Citizens approved the controversial Urban Renewal project in 1964, four years before they looked to the future with the dedication of Bangor International Airport. Stories will include presidential visits, fires, floods, a gangster shooting, the arrival of author Stephen King, and the visit of two white beluga whales in the Penobscot River in 1954. There will be something for everyone in this walk down memory lane, which will conclude with the screening of a related video.

To enroll in enrichment classes, particpants must be at least 18 years old and not enrolled in school.

  • Oct 25th, 2018
    Thu for 1 week from 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Bangor High School

885 Broadway
Bangor, ME 04401 Get directions

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