ROCKLAND — The Rockland Public Library presents Mac Smith on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to all.

Siege at the State House tells the true story of a coup that was attempted between Maine’s governor and the leaders of a new political party, almost plunging the United States into a second Civil War. With the Maine State House under siege for several weeks by a Confederate force, the occupation culminated in a showdown between armed rebels and Civil War hero General Joshua Chamberlain, with Chamberlain standing on the State House steps and daring any man present to settle the standoff with violence, if they dared. It was an event the war hero called “Another Roundtop.”

In light of recent national events, this piece of Maine history is a timely and cautionary tale brought to life by historian Mac Smith. Mac Smith visited the Rockland Public Library last year to discuss the filming of “Peyton Place” in the Midcoast, and the library is excited to welcome him back for another history talk.

A Navy veteran of the Gulf War and former reporter for the Bar Harbor TimesMac Smith now lives in Stockton Springs, Maine, in the village of Sandy Point. He is also the author of “Mainers on the Titanic,” and “Peyton Place Comes Home to Maine.”

This event will take place in the library’s community room, with limited seating. The Rockland Public Library is located at 80 Union Street. For more information, please email elewis@rocklandmaine.gov by 4 p.m. on Sept. 1 and identify the event you are interested in attending in the subject line.