OTISFIELD – The Otisfield Historical Society will begin its year of programs on Wednesday, April 13, with a discussion of “The Great Secession.” The program will be held at 7 p.m. at the Otisfield Town Office following the annual election of officers.

This year’s bicentennial birthday for Oxford County has a special meaning for residents because Otisfield is the newest town in the county.

Following years of agitation and tangles of red tape, on July 1, 1978, Otisfield officially withdrew from Cumberland County and joined Oxford. Program organizers have been lining up some of the town’s most ardent Secessionists to explain why and how this revolutionary movement happened.

Among the officials expected to be present are Otisfield Road Commissioner Richard Bean Sr., who in 1978 was first selectman; also former town clerk Barbara Kane; and Lennie Adler, selectman in 1978 and at present.

The society extends a special invitation to anyone living in Otisfield 30 years ago who can help remember and record the moment in the town’s history.

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