Free or low cost Community Events and college courses are intended to provide background on the yearly topic and to touch on areas related to the February Conference that may not be covered in its three-day format. The views of our presenters are their own and may not represent those of the Camden Conference.
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History of the Liberty Ships (@ Kennebunk Free Library)
January 24, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EST
The Camden Conference free Community Events series continues with an illustrated discussion of The Liberty Ships and Portland’s sister city, Archangel, Russia, on Saturday, January 24, 1:00-2:30PM at the Kennebunk Free Library.
For more information, please contact the Kennebunk Free Library at 207-985-2173 or visit kennebunklibrary.org.
The Greater Portland area formalized a Sister City partnership with Archangel in northwest Russia in 1988. However, the relationship between the two communities began in World War II. Arctic convoys of merchant ships would form up in Casco Bay and sail for Archangel, Russia and other locations in war torn Europe. Mainers built more than 200 cargo ships known as Liberty Ships that sailed in these convoys. Neale Duffett and Dennis Marrotte of the Archangel Committee will speak about the history of the sister city project and the Liberty Ships. They will have also have photos and crafts from Archangel, Russia.
This presentation is offered as a free Camden Conference Community Event in collaboration with the World Affairs Council of Maine in anticipation of the 28th Annual Camden Conference: Russia Resurgent, February 20-22, 2015.