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Maine in the Civil War

Presented in partnership with Maine Historical Society



Maine Historical Society (MHS), in partnership with Maine Humanities Council (MHC) is in the midst of a two-year program to engage 10 Maine communities in their Civil War history. Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War builds upon a well-established relationship between the two organizations and successful program models currently offered by each. The three-year project is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The state of Maine holds a special place in the history of the American Civil War. Though far from the front lines, the state and its citizens played key roles in the coming of the war, the war itself, and its aftermath. More than 70,000 Mainers served in Union blue (including more than 24 Union generals), and nearly 10,000 lost their lives. But the story of Maine and the Civil War is not just about prominent figures, or those who saw action on the battlefield. It is also about the struggles, concerns, and triumphs of the 558,000 Mainers who remained at home.

Ten communities from around the state will be selected to participate over two program years of the project. Five communities have been awarded grants to participate during the 2013-2014 academic year; five more will participate from 2014-2015. Selection of the communities will be based on geographic and population diversity, and the strength of their applications. Each community will receive a grant in the amount of $2,000 to support their program activities. Applications will be due on Monday, March 3, 2014.

Read the Maine Historical Society's blog to get a sense of how Local and Legendary has looked for our 2013-14 communities.


Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.