Bicentennial Committee (concluded its work 12/31/21)
2020 was Maine's 200th Birthday and also the Town of Kennebunk's 200th Birthday - founded just three month's after Maine became a state in 1820.
“It was the goal of the committee to bring this milestone anniversary celebration to the streets of Kennebunk, for the people of Kennebunk,” said Kathy Ostrander Roberts, chairman of the Town’s Bicentennial Committee. “They planned to celebrate our community pride and recognize our town’s history with all of the many activities we have planned.”
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the celebration planned for May 2020, was postponed to September 2020, then again to 2021. In 2021, with the pandemic still in full swing, most events were cancelled, while a series of virtual events were planned to minimize the risk of exposure of COVID-19. The videos from the virtual events are posted below.
With the Bicentennial celebration complete, the Select Board voted to "sunset" the committee at the end of 2021.
Please enjoy the videos from the virtual events posted below.
Kennebunk Bicentennial Videos
Celebrating 200 Years
The Legacy Project
A Musical Celebration
Hope Cemetery at 200
Museum in the Streets
The Making of the Bicentennial Quilt
A sample of the events scheduled in 2020:
||Title||All Terms Expired
|Kathy Ostrander Roberts||Chair||12/31/21|
|Betsy MacDonald||Vice Chair||12/31/21|
|J. Steve Hrehovcik||Member||12/31/21|
|Conrad Berdeen||Alternate Member, Non-Resident||12/31/21|
|David Middleton||Alternate Member, Non-Resident||12/31/21|
|Laura Dolce||Chamber of Commerce Rep.||Ex-Officio|
|Cynthia Walker||Brick Store Museum Rep.||Ex-Officio|
|Merton Brown||Town Clerk, Staff Rep.||Ex-Officio|
|Linda Johnson||Events Coordinator, Staff Rep.||Ex-Officio|
|L. Blake Baldwin||Select Board Liaison|