March 15, 1820, marked our separation from Massachusetts, and hence the establishment of our statehood. Although we recognize 1820 as a vitally important year, the fact is that communities have thrived in Maine for millennia.

North Haven — the island community I call home — is also home to one of Maine’s most significant archeological digs, which showed the presence of indigenous people as early as 5,000 years ago and other settlements after that. …

Chellie Pingree

Farmer, mother, Maine islander, Member of Congress, lover of root vegetables

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