PORTLAND, Maine – On Saturday, May 10, 2014, the Maine Humanities Council and Maine Historical Society will offer a public half-day symposium examining the Civil War. Local and Legendary: Civil War Legacies in Maine features a morning of national and Maine-based speakers on the after effects of the Civil War; population decline, out-migration and its economic impact; cultural aspects of the post-Civil War era; and why the War still affects us 150 years later.
Featured speakers include Chandra Manning, Associate Professor of History, Georgetown University – What did the Civil War Change? and Tom Desjardin, Senior Policy Advisor, State of Maine, Office of the Governor – Maine in the Civil War: Out-Migration, Economic and Population Repercussions.
Additional performances, presentations and discussions by:
• David Greenham, Program Director – Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine: Coming Home: A Civil War Veteran Returns- Theater Performance
• Josephine Cameron, Songs of the Civil War Era – Musical Performance
• Displays of projects by the 2013-2014 Local and Legendary: Maine in the Civil War grant recipients from Belfast, Presque Isle, Portland/Westbrook, Gorham, and Windham
• Introduction of 2014/15 grant recipient community teams from Bethel, Livermore Falls/Jay, Pittsfield, Rumford, and Scarborough.
The program will take place at Morgan Hill Event Center, 82 Morgan Hill Lane Hermon, from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm. Advance registration is required: $10 for the general public and $7 for students, which includes all sessions, materials, and coffee. For more information and to register, visit http://www.mainehumanities.org/special-programs/civil-war/symposium.html
About Maine Humanities Council
The Maine Humanities Council is an independent, statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the people of Maine deepen their understanding of themselves, their communities, and the world. The Council works with volunteer literacy programs, educators, school systems and libraries to promote the power and pleasure of ideas through its programming; the Council also provides grants supporting projects in community history, exhibits, workshops and other areas of study.
About Maine Historical Society
MHS preserves the heritage and history of Maine: the stories of Maine people, the traditions of Maine communities, and the record of Maine’s place in a changing world. Among other services, MHS offers public programs that help diverse audiences engage history; innovative education programs including Local History/Local Schools; tours of the Longfellow House; changing museum exhibits; and the nationally-recognized Maine Memory Network, a digital museum that helps communities across Maine build capacity, develop skills, and become active contributors to Maine history.
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this press release do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.