Online Interview: The Maine State Archivist

  • 18 Nov 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Online
  • 39


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The Maine State Archivist

Who, What, Why

Join Susie R. Bock and Pat Burdick for a Zoom conversation with Kate McBrien, the new Maine State Archivist. Learn about the position and McBrien's plans and vision for the future. Following the interview, there will be time for questions, comments, and discussion.

Kate McBrien was appointed as Maine State Archivist in March 2021, after serving a year in the position as the Deputy Secretary of State for Archives. As curator of the award winning exhibition “Malaga Island, Fragmented Lives,” Kate continues to serve as historian for the Malaga Island community. She previously held positions as Chief Curator and Director of Public Engagement at the Maine Historical Society and as the Curator of Historic Collections for the Maine State Museum. Kate earned a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program and a BA in British history from the University of New Hampshire. She began her career in the history field as an intern at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC where she helped to reunite family members. Kate brings to her current position at the Archives a passion for making history accessible and a deep knowledge of Maine’s history.

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Leading the discussion

Susie R. Bock, Coordinator of University of Southern Maine Special Collections, came to USM in 1999 to build that department. A graduate of Bates College, Bock earned a MS in European History and MLS majoring in archival management from Columbia University. Positions at Yale’s Beinecke Library and the University of Colorado at Boulder honed her technical services skills. Her work building collections of primary sources preserving the story of underrepresented communities, the Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine, has meant developing public programming to engage communities and educate the public—many of which can be viewed on USM's digital commons.

Pat Burdick, Assistant Director for Colby College Special Collections & Archives, has been working with Colby's rare and unique materials for over 20 years. She received her MLS degree with an archival concentration from Simmons College and continues to serve as an archival consultant and workshop presenter throughout the state of Maine. One of her professional passions involves exploration of the serendipitous intersections that occur between people, time periods and collections such as those captured in the History of Special Collections @ Colby website she created during a sabbatical in 2015. She lives on North Pond in the Belgrade Lakes area with her covivant, artist Kevin E James, and two lovely felines. She is a Master Gardener and an active volunteer in local and regional environmental and social justice organizations.

Attending an Online Event

To participate in this online event you will need access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection.  We will be using Zoom to host this event as an online videoconference.  Once you register, you will immediately be sent instructions for logging in via automatically sent email.

If you do not have access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection, you will still be able to call in on a telephone, but you will unfortunately not be able to see any of the participants or visuals. 

Online registration will be open through November 18. Attendance is limited to 90 people; register soon to save your spot!

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Maine Archives and Museums

P.O. Box 784, Portland, Maine 04104


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