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AUGUSTA — Genie Gannett plans next month to present “Living Your Freedoms: The First Amendment and the Gannetts of Maine,” a story about how the Gannett family lived their First Amendment freedoms across four generations.

The talk is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, in the Community Meeting Room at Lithgow Public Library, 45 Winthrop St.

Gannett will talk about how she and her sister, Terry Gannett Hopkins, started the First Amendment Museum to inspire all Americans to live their First Amendment freedoms, according to a news release from the library.

Gannett is a retired public school art teacher, having taught in Maine, Florida and Alaska. Her first lesson each year was to have students to make small self-portraits to attach to an “artistic license.” This symbolic “license” helped students understand that they had permission to think outside the box and embrace their freedom of expression.

Her graduate field work was centered on interdisciplinary instruction and became the focus of her teaching. Gannett was the founder and president of the Marion County Art Association, an affiliate of both the Florida and National Art Education Association. She was also an educational television producer and director for the Marion County School District.

Gannett was a founding director of the Friends of Independence Mine in Willow, Alaska, founder of the Marion County (Florida) Art Association, vice chair of the Ocala (Florida) Municipal Arts Commission, and a former board member of Old Fort Western, Friends of the Blaine House, and Friends of the Maine State Museum.

As with all of Lithgow’s events, this event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the library at 207-626-2415 or visit

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