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PRESENTATION ON AROOSTOOK WAR PLANNED FOR UMFK AS PART OF WORLD ACADIAN CONGRESS PREPARATIONS

September 9, 2011

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To set the stage for the anniversary year, and as part of the ongoing educational and awareness efforts to prepare the region for the World Acadian Congress in 2014, the Acadian Archives Acadiennes at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, the Presque Isle Historical Society, and the 2014 World Acadian Congress, are partnering to offer an informative session on the Aroostook War on the UMFK campus.

Kimberly Smith, secretary/treasurer of the Presque Isle Historical Society, will present on the bloodless Aroostook War on Thursday, September 15, at 7 p.m. in the Nadeau Hall Teleconference Room. The event is free and open to the public.

In her presentation on the Aroostook War – referred to by some as the “Pork and Beans War,” Smith will speak about how an unsettled boundary between what is now the United States and Canada in our region and the increasing value of timber as a commodity in the 1830’s led to the dispute.   She will also elaborate on how the conflict was inflamed by two incidents in the communities of Maysville (now Presque Isle) and Madawaska.

“We are delighted to welcome Kim Smith and her presentation on the Bloodless Aroostook War. It is particularly timely since the geographic area separated by the treaty; northwestern New Brunswick, northern Maine, and southeastern Quebec, are reuniting to host the 2014 World Acadian Congress. Learning about our shared history is the first step in creating a strong Acadia of the Lands and Forests and ensuring a lasting legacy to the WAC,” said Lise Pelletier, director of the Acadian Archives and Maine International Delegate to the 2014 WAC Organizing Committee.

The upcoming year will mark the 170th anniversary of the signing of a treaty that drastically changed the geo-political landscape in northern Maine. In 1842, the Webster-Ashburton treaty defined what now serves as the international boundary between the United States and Canada.

Kimberly Smith holds a Master’s of Science in Business Administration from Husson College; a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from the University of Maine at Orono; an American Institute of Banking “Foundations in Banking” diploma from Palm Beach Junior College; and a Non-Profit Organizational Management diploma from Shenandoah University.

Smith has served as the CEO of three non-profit organizations, which have won national awards under her stewardship, and has served as a consultant to several others. She has served as a board member for several organizations in Florida, Virginia, and Maine. She currently is the Secretary/Treasurer of the Board of the Presque Isle Historical Society. Ms. Smith was named Presque Isle’s Citizen of the Year for 2009, and has earned the Gold Level Award from the President’s Council on Civic Participation for several years running. She is an adjunct instructor for the graduate program at Husson University; the University of Maine at Presque Isle; and Northern Maine Community College.

Smith is listed in several “Who’s Who” directories and is a member of MENSA.

For more information on the presentation, please contact Lise Pelletier at 834-7536 or by e-mail at: lise.m.pelletier@maine.edu