Chats with Champions

This popular program brings outstanding members of the literary world, arts, and sciences to Skidompha to present programs that are free and open to the public. While the series’ emphasis is on top-notch authors, programs often appeal to a much wider audience.  

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            Carol Gardner’s “Involuntary Americans: Scottish Prisoners in Early Colonial Maine”

            Online Chat with Skidompha Library on December 10.

            Skidompha Library’s Chats with Champions will feature Carol Gardner at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 10. 

            Not all of Maine’s earliest European settlers came voluntarily. On Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Carol Gardner will deliver a virtual chat entitled “Involuntary Americans: Scottish Prisoners in Early Colonial Maine,” discussing the more than 400 prisoners of war who were brought to Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts against their wills in 1650-1651. Dr. Gardner is the author of a narrative history, The Involuntary American: A Scottish Prisoner’s Journey to the New World.

            Carol Gardner has more than 30 years’ experience as a writer, journalist and communicator. She earned a Ph.D. in English from Johns Hopkins University, taught at Johns Hopkins, Wake Forest, and Florida State Universities, and has published both fiction and nonfiction pieces in a wide variety of books and periodicals, including the World of Baseball series, BluePlanet Quarterly, Northwest Review, Baltimore Review, Potomac Review, The Women’s Review of Books, Portland Press Herald, and The Washington Post. She is a past winner of a Maryland Individual Artists Award. She lives in Alna, Maine.

            All those wishing to attend this online Chat, through Zoom, visit this link to sign up. Those attending will be emailed a link prior to the event.

            In addition to attending ZOOM chats, we encourage you to visit our YouTube page; we have a number of previously recorded chats available to view.

            Chats with Champions is a free community offering from your national award-winning Skidompha Library at 184 Main Street, Damariscotta, Maine. This program is generously sponsored by Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shop. For more information, please call the Library at 207-563-5513.

            There will be no in-person Chats with Champions events through the Fall of 2020. Skidompha will be hosting Virtual Chats through ZOOM.