Maine museum exhibits, talks honoring Civil War soldiers

Posted July 05, 2011, at 5:15 p.m.

HINCKLEY — Central Maine Serves, a project of the Central Kennebec Heritage Council, will sponsor “Maine Civil War Photography” with Earle G. Shettleworth, director of Maine Historic Preservation Commission, at 7 p.m. Friday, July 8, at Good Will-Hinckley in Hinckley. The event is free.

Other area community museums with exhibits pertaining to the Civil War, and those who served in other wars, opening 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 9, are:

Bingham — “Caratunk Soldiers,” diaries, letters, photographs related to Civil War soldiers from Bingham, Concord, Moscow, Caratunk, Pleasant Ridge and The Forks, including James E. Powell, Lyman Baker, Joseph Goodrich, Nathan Blunt and William Webster, Old Canada Road Historical Society, 16 Sidney Road, just off Route 201. Hours, 1-5 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. 672-3440, ocrhs@oldcanadaroad.org or http://www.oldcanadaroad.org.

Fairfield — “Fairfield Serves: On the Home Front to the Battlefields,” Fairfield History House, 42 High St. Hours, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays, or by appointment. Civil War company property book, diaries, letters, photographs, newspapers, military weapons. 453-2998, fhs@myfairpoint.net or http://www.fairfieldhistoricalsociety.net.

Hinckley — “Good Will and its Alumni Served in World War I,” L.C. Bates Museum, Good Will-Hinckley, Route 201, 14 Easler Road. Hours, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays, and 1-4:30 p.m. Sundays. 238-4250, lcbates@gwh.org.

Norridgewock — The Norridgewock Historical Society, 11 Mercer Road, Route 2. Eight solders’ and sailors’ uniforms from various wars. Hours, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through Labor Day. 634-3871.

Oakland — “Town People in Service,” Macartney House Museum, 25 Main St. Items from the museum’s Civil War collection. Hours, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, July and August. 465-7549, mereporter5@myfairpoint.net or http://www.rootsweb.com/~meoakla.

Skowhegan — Exhibit focusing on John Wesley Chase, paternal grandfather of Margaret Chase Smith, who served in the Union Army during the Civil War, the impression World War I made on Smith as a young girl and her role in Congress while serving on the House Naval Affairs Committee during World War II and the Senate Armed Services Committee during the era of the Cold War, Margaret Chase Smith Library, 56 Norridgewock Road, Skowhegan. Hours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. 474-7133 or http://www.mcslibrary.org.

Skowhegan — “The Connections with the Civil War,” photos, personal letters, music and other materials to tell the story of how Skowhegan supported the war effort with 294 men and boys, the enlistment process, communications of the time and how one native son soldier survived the war, Skowhegan History House Museum and Research Center, 66 Elm St. Opening reception, 7 p.m. Thursday, July 14. Hours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, through Oct. 8. 474-6632 or melvinburnham@skowheganhistoryhouse.org.

Winslow — Books and other original printed material highlighting the Civil War, Taconnett Falls Genealogy Library, 10 Lithgow St. Hours, 1-4 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday.

The Central Maine Heritage Council is a collaboration of museums and libraries that work to promote local heritage. Each museum in its Central Maine Serves project has used its unique collections to create an exhibit or related programs that examine how a town’s citizens or organizations served in wartime, including the Revolutionary and Civil wars. For more information, visit http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~meckhc/CKHC.htm.

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