9:00 – 10:00 AM: Jessica Skwire Routhier, Independent Museum Professional: The Arts in 19th Century Portland
10:40 AM – 12:00 PM: Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., Maine Historic Preservation Commission: Portland’s Architectural History
Jessica Skwire Routhier, Independent Museum Professional
Jessica Skwire Routhier is a freelance writer, copyeditor, and museum consultant. She is currently the coordinator of the Maine Photo Project (mainephotoproject.org) and is the past president of Maine Archives and Museums, Maine’s only membership organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the state’s collecting institutions. She was Director of the Saco Museum from 2008 to 2012 and before that, she served on the curatorial staff of the Portland Museum of Art, where she curated exhibitions and authored several publications focusing on 19th-century art in Maine, including such topics as the art and history of Great Diamond Island and Maine artists Charles Codman, Chansonetta Stanley Emmons, Charles Frederick Kimball, and Harrison Bird Brown. Her book about the Saco Museum’s Moving Panorama of Pilgrims’ Progress is forthcoming this May from the University Press of New England, and she has also contributed an article about collaboration among Maine’s arts and cultural institutions to a special humanities-centered issue of the Maine Policy Review. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Jessica holds a master’s degree in art history and museum studies from Tufts University and a bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College.
Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., Maine State Historian
A native of Portland, Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., attended Deering High School, Colby College, and Boston University and was the recipient of honorary doctorates from Bowdoin College and the Maine College of Art. At the age of thirteen, Earle became interested in historic preservation through the destruction of Portland’s Union Station in 1961. A year later he joined the Sills Committee, which founded Greater Portland Landmarks in 1964. In 1971 he was appointed by Governor Curtis to serve on the first board of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, for which he became architectural historian in 1973 and director in 1976. Earle has lectured and written extensively on Maine history and architecture, his most recent publication being Homes Down East which he co-authored in 2012. In 2014, Governor LePage reappointed him to a third term as State Historian.