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USM’s John Bauman Writes Book Chronicling Portland’s History

Book cover, Gateway to Vacationland: The Making of Portland, Maine

USM Muskie School Visiting Research Professor John Bauman has written the first comprehensive history of Portland since the 1800s. Bauman takes readers from 1632 to the late 20th-century revitalization of the Old Port and 21st-century plans for Portland’s waterfront, in his book, “Gateway to Vacationland: The Making of Portland, Maine.” 

USM will celebrate the book’s publication with a reading and book signing at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, in the Bookstore located in Woodbury Campus Center, Portland. The event is free and open to the public and books will be available for sale. For more information about the reading, contact Barbara Kelly at 207-780-4072. 

Much of the city’s history, Bauman shows, has been defined by the effort to reconcile the competing interests of balancing the imperatives of economic growth with a desire to preserve Portland’s natural beauty. 

Michael J. Rawson, author of “Eden on the Charles: The Making of Boston,” says of Bauman’s book, "An extremely well researched overview of Portland’s history. The author does a particularly good job connecting that history to the larger national narrative. In fact, there are points in the book where I almost felt as if I were actually in Portland watching the pageant of American history unfold around me."