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Maine History Maker Award Honoring Mary Bonauto

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Joyce Mongeau | BDN
Joyce Mongeau | BDN

Celebrating 40 Years of LGBTQ Community Struggle, Empowerment, and Progress

Each year, MHS recognizes contemporary citizens who are shaping life in Maine today through the Maine History Maker Award. This year, we’re thrilled to honor Mary Bonauto, Civil Rights Attorney, who successfully argued for marriage equality in front of the Supreme Court.

The 2015 marriage equality victory in which Bonauto played an instrumental role reflects a change in attitudes that would have been almost unimaginable even a decade ago. An integral part of our work is to recognize and honor the experiences of diverse individuals and communities, and to help a broad public understand how we all contribute and connect to Maine’s special sense of place. MHS will take this opportunity to launch an expanded effort to capture the history of Maine’s LGBTQ community on Maine Memory Network (

The program features:
+ A presentation from Nancy Cott, Professor of American History at Harvard University, describing historians’ contributions and their effectiveness in the legal struggle for equal marriage rights from 1999 to 2015.
+ A panel discussion featuring Bonauto and Gia Drew, president of MaineTransNet; Matt Moonen, Maine State Rep. and interim director of EqualityMaine; and Pat Peard, chair of law firm Bernstein Shur’s Education Practice Group and a distinguished volunteer with the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine.
+ An award ceremony led by Steve Bromage, MHS Executive Director.
+ A special performance from the Maine Gay Men’s Chorus.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

5:30pm: Program at First Parish Church (425 Congress St, Portland)
7:00pm: Reception at Maine Historical Society (485 Congress St, Portland) with locally catered hors d’oeuvres and complimentary wine and beer

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