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
Militia Life

A sample of the events scheduled in 2020:
Schedule of Virtual Events

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Committee Members

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
Angus Macauley Member 12/31/21
Lori Parkinson Member 12/31/21
Edward Trainer Member 12/31/21
Dana Pearson 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