Kate McBrien

Maine State Archivist Kate McBrien will be at the Rangeley Public Library on Wednesday, July 17th, starting at 6:00 PM to present a program entitled “Malaga Island”.

In 1912, the State of Maine evicted a community of African American and white residents from their homes on Malaga Island. Racism, economic struggles, and eugenics all led to the devastation of this community. The program will explore the history behind this story that was hidden for so many years.

Malaga Island, circa 1910 Courtesy of Peter Roberts.

Kate McBrien serves as the Maine State Archivist, overseeing the archival preservation and management of state records at the Maine State Archives in Augusta. Before this role, Kate worked at the Maine Historical Society and Maine State Museum in their curatorial and public engagement departments. At the State Museum, she researched and curated the award-winning exhibit “Malaga Island, Fragmented Lives” about the Malaga Island community.

The program will last for about 40 minutes followed by a time of discussion.

Please stop by the library or call (207)864-5529 to sign up for this free program.

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