“Collective Voices: In The Beginning,” a Midcoast Women's Collective storytelling event, is set for Thursday, June 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Camden Public Library, Main Street at Atlantic Avenue.

The one-hour storytelling, followed by a moderated Q&A, will focus on each woman’s story and how they evolved. The stories may be about the beginning of a long and arduous journey; can be of an impactful moment in time; may demonstrate that beginnings are just that, only the beginning; or be something else entirely.

Featured storytellers are the Midcoast’s Meaghan Vigeant, oral historian and owner of Stories To Tell; ZamZam Mohamud, liaison to Lewiston’s Somali immigrant community; and Kathleen Meil, a 2016 candidate for Maine House District 94. Facilitator is Jesse Ellison, contributing editor at Down East magazine. The event is organized by Judy Gushee of Midcoast Women’s Collective.

The Collective Voices series is free and open to the public. The Midcoast Women's Collective started after the 2016 election, bringing more than 150 women together who were seeking the safety and community of other women grieving the election results. Since that time, MCW has grown to 400 members and has provided monthly programs in support of strengthening the voice of the Midcoast community of women.

Programs have included the topics of civil discourse, assessing credible new sources and a film about Maine women who became political activists through their passion for the environment. The mission of the Midcoast Women’s Collective is to provide opportunities for local women of all ages to find and strengthen their individual and shared voices.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.