Tuesday, November 5, 2013; 4 p.m.
Location: Orono United Methodist Church, 36 Oak Street, Orono, ME
Contact: Mary Anne Eason; 207 941-9727
On Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 4 p.m., Maine State Historian Earle G. Shettleworth Jr. will give a lecture on “Silent Sentinels, Maine’s Civil War Monuments.” Maine has more than 170 Civil War monuments located from Kittery to Ashland and from Bethel to Calais. Monuments range in age from Bangor’s, erected in 1864 while the war was still in progress, to Lisbon in 1999. Many of these tangible expressions of patriotism feature standing Union soldiers sculptured in granite, marble, or bronze, while others are stone shafts on square pedestals. Many inscriptions bear witness to the fundamental reason for the four year conflict which divided the nation: the preservation of the Union at all cost.
A native of Portland, Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., attended Deering High School, Colby College, and Boston University and was the recipient of honorary doctorates from Bowdoin College and the Maine College of Art. At the age of thirteen, Shettleworth became interested in historic preservation through the destruction of Portland’s Union Station in 1961. A year later he joined the Sills Committee which founded Greater Portland Landmarks in 1964. In 1971 he was appointed by Governor Curtis to serve on the first board of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, for which he became architectural historian in 1973 and director in 1976. Shettleworth has lectured and written extensively on Maine history and architecture, his most recent publication being Waterville, which he authored in 2012. In 2008, Governor Baldacci reappointed Mr. Shettleworth to a second term as State Historian.
The lecture, which will be held at the Orono United Methodist Church, 36 Oak Street, is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Orono Historical Society.