ROCKPORT — Author Mac Smith talks about his book, “Maine’s Hail to the Chief,” Wednesday, April 20, at 6:30 p.m. at Rockport Public Library, 1 Limerock St. This event is free and open to all.

A visit from the President of the United States always brings with it excitement. In Maine, perhaps part of that excitement stems from the fact that presidents rarely visit the state – only 18 of the 46 presidents have visited Maine in the nation’s 244-year history. Many of these visits came at significant points in a presidency; and some visits had controversy, conflict and ironic twists.

Each of Maine’s presidential visits left us with great stories, and a detailed view of Maine’s lively history, which are all documented in “Maine’s Hail to the Chief.”

A Navy veteran of the first Gulf War and former reporter for The Bar Harbor Times, Smith lives in Stockton Springs, in the village of Sandy Point. He is also the author of “Mainers on the Titanic” and “Peyton Place Comes Home to Maine: The Making of the Iconic Film.” His fourth book, “Siege at the Statehouse,” is due to be released in July 2022.

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