Scots-Irish conference coming to Brunswick

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BRUNSWICK — A Scots-Irish Reunion and Conference is scheduled Aug. 14-17 at Bowdoin College to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the arrival of settlers from the Ulster region of Ireland to Maine in 1718. 

The first day of the conference will feature a self-driving tour of Scots-Irish sites around Maine, as well as a guided bus tour of Portland and a visit to the Tate House Museum. There will also be a keynote dinner at 6 p.m.

That will be followed by two days of roundtable discussions, speakers and presentations. On Aug. 17 attendees are invited to the Topsham Fairgrounds at 6 p.m. for the 40th annual Maine Highland Games.

Bill McKeen, an organizer of the festival, said the event has been roughly 10 years in the making, and he and other members of the Maine Ulster Scots Project wanted to “bring everyone together to compare their research and their various outlooks on the culture.”

Registration is available on the Maine Ulster Scots Project website