AUGUSTA, Maine — Friends of the Maine State Museum hosts Kim MacIsaac in the next free program in the “Maine Voices from the Civil War” lecture series. MacIsaac, the director/curator of the Fifth Maine Museum on Peaks Island, will present the program, “The Forest City Regiment” at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, at the Maine State Museum in Augusta.
“The Fifth Maine Regiment, also known as the Forest City Regiment, was the first all-volunteer Maine regiment, composed entirely of “green” troops, formed shortly after President Abraham Lincoln’s call to arms in April 1861,” explains MacIsaac in a press release. “The Fifth was typical of Maine’s volunteer regiments, drawing men from all walks of life. I will describe the regiment’s participation in the Civil War and follow the men through their post-war lives at home and on Peaks Island.”
The Fifth Maine Museum on Peaks Island is located in the Fifth Maine Regiment Memorial Hall, built in 1888 as the regiment’s “headquarters.” For nearly sixty years, the veterans and their families summered there. Today, the building serves as a Civil War and local history museum and cultural center for Peaks Island.
The Friends of the Maine State Museum 2013 lecture series has been generously sponsored by the Windover Foundation, Bank of Maine, and New Dimensions Federal Credit Union.
The Maine State Museum is located in Augusta, in the State House Complex off State Street. For more information, call (207) 287-2301 or visit the museum’s website at www.mainestatemuseum.org.