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Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War, 2013-2015

By Janet Lyons, Consulting Project Coordinator, Maine Humanities Council It’s all over except for the paperwork and the reflection. For two years Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War, the National Endowment for the Humanities grant funded program, engaged Maine communities in their Civil War history. Collaborative project teams comprised of libraries, historical organizations,… Read more

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Civil War Monologues in Rumford Conclude Local & Legendary Programs

By Janet Lyons, Maine Humanities Council’s Consulting Project Coordinator for Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War. Thanks to Nick Waugh for taking the photos. June 3 was a busy end-of-school-year evening in the Western Foothills Regional School District, yet an appreciative audience of parents, peers, faculty, and community members gathered in the auditorium at Mountain… Read more

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Stepping Back in Time with the Washburns of Livermore

By Janet Lyons, Maine Humanities Council’s Consulting Project Coordinator for Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War Visitors to the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center may have felt like time travelers when they stepped out of their cars on the beautiful spring evening of Monday, May 18. Young men attired in 1860s garb directed community members… Read more

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Drama and Song Mark Bethel’s Local & Legendary Finale

By Janet Lyons, Maine Humanities Council’s Consulting Project Coordinator for Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War Gould Academy’s Bingham Auditorium was full on Sunday afternoon, May 17, for the Final Celebration of Local and Legendary: Bethel in the Civil War. The celebration began with the singing of songs of the Civil War performed by… Read more

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Scarborough Students Highlight Local & Legendary Finale

By Larissa Vigue Picard, Director of Education, Maine Historical Society   Twenty students in teacher Jessica Kelly’s Gifted and Talented class at Scarborough Middle School spent the 2014-2015 school year learning about the Civil War–nationally, and at home in Scarborough–through photographs, artifacts, and volunteers at the Scarborough Historical Society; reading a graphic novel about the war… Read more

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“The Civil War in American Memory”: An Evening with David Blight

By Janet Lyons, Maine Humanities Council’s Consulting Project Coordinator for Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War Listen to the event podcast here. If historians were rock stars, Civil War scholar David Blight would top the Billboard charts. After three years of reading innumerable books and articles, as well as learning about Civil War history… Read more

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Podcast | David Blight | The Civil War in American Memory

This episode is a recording of a talk held on May 7th, 2015 at the Portland Public Library as the culminating event in the three-year Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War project run by the Maine Humanities Council and Maine Historical Society with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. We join David Blight… Read more

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“Reflections of the Civil War” in Pittsfield Draws 100

By Janet Lyons, Maine Humanities Council’s Consulting Project Coordinator for Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War Sunday, May 3, was a beautiful spring day in Pittsfield–a day for yard work and outdoor activities–yet about 100 community members gathered at the First Universalist Church forReflections of the Civil War: A Performative Celebration of Our Civil… Read more

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Soldier’s Heart Discussions in Pittsfield

By Janet Lyons, Maine Humanities Council’s Consulting Project Coordinator for Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War Jeff Sychterz, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maine Augusta (Bangor campus), facilitated two energetic Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War discussions in Pittsfield this month. Community members, high schoolers at Maine Central Institute,… Read more

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Local & Legendary Book Discussions in Livermore

By Janet Lyons, Maine Humanities Council’s Consulting Project Coordinator for Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War Over the course of four weeks students in the “Our Hands on History” class at Spruce Mountain High School have participated in five book discussions. They began with two community wide book discussions at the Washburn-Norlands Living History… Read more

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Rumford Historical Society presents exhibit on local Civil War soldiers

Two members of the Rumford Historical Society on Wednesday presented their research on residents, including a nurse and a musician, who served in the Civil War. Society member Jane Peterson said she and member Nghia Ha spent weeks visiting libraries and historical societies throughout the state to get information. Their findings were uploaded to the… Read more

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Busy Local & Legendary Activity in Rumford

By Janet Lyons, Maine Humanities Council’s Consulting Project Coordinator for Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War The old saying “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb” did not apply to this year weather-wise, nor did it apply to the Rumford Local & Legendary team. The beginning of the month… Read more

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Educating for the Future Through the Past

With schools increasing their focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, it may seem like the humanities have no place in today’s classroom. Kymberli Bryant, head of the Language Arts Department at Spruce Mountain High School, disagrees. Her students are active participants in the Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War project, jointly… Read more

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David Blight to give lecture for Local & Legendary

David W. Blight will join the Maine Humanities Council and Maine Historical Society for an evening lecture on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at Portland Public Library’s Rines Auditorium, for the culminating public event in the three-year NEH-funded Local & Legendary: Maine the the Civil War program. Professor Blight is Class of 1954 Professor of American History at… Read more

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The Civil War Comes to Pittsfield

By Janet Lyons, Maine Humanities Council’s Consulting Project Coordinator for Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War Pittsfield kicked off their Local & Legendary: Pittsfield in the Civil War program with back to back programs on March 12. A substantial number of community members and Maine Central Institute students turned out for a book discussion at… Read more

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One Book, One Community–a Weekend in Scarborough

By Janet Lyons, Maine Humanities Council’s Consulting Project Coordinator for Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War The first weekend in March was sunny, with a taste of spring; at the Scarborough Public Library it was also all things Civil War. An author talk, three book discussions, and several fascinating speakers drew community members of… Read more

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Local & Legendary: Bethel and Ambrose Bierce

By Janet Lyons, Maine Humanities Council’s Consulting Project Coordinator for Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War Starting in January, book lovers in Bethel braved the winter weather to meet monthly at the Bethel Library with facilitator Doug Rawlings to discuss Ambrose Bierce’s Civil War Stories, the town’s community read selection as part of the… Read more

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Local & Legendary Activities Ramp Up in Scarborough

By Janet Lyons, Maine Humanities Council’s Consulting Project Coordinator for Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War Sunday afternoon, January 24, was the kick-off for Scarborough’s Civil War-era Sunday film series. Bowdoin College Professor Patrick Rael presented “The Civil War in Film” to an appreciative audience of about 25 at the Scarborough Public Library. Rael… Read more

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Midway Through Local & Legendary, Cohort 2

By Janet Lyons, Consulting Project Coordinator for Maine Humanties Council On the surface, January is a quiet month for our Local & Legendary teams, but the reality is that they are hard at work organizing events and working on their Maine Memory Network exhibits. The dedicated volunteers in Bethel, Jay/Livermore Falls, Pittsfield, the Rumford area, and… Read more

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Last Local & Legendary Events of 2014

Originally posted in the Maine Historical Society Blog  December 19, 2014. By Janet Lyons As the year wound down, three Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War teams hosted major events related to their projects. On November 19 at the Rumford Public Library, about 60 Mountain Valley Middle School students gathered for the first culminating celebration… Read more

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Local & Legendary Communities Choose Their Books

By Janet Lyons Originally posted on the Maine Historical Society blog on November 17, 2014. One component of the Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War grant is that communities come together to discuss books that are relevant to the Civil War. The intent is to get people talking about big ideas and making connections…. Read more

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MHC Awards Civil War Grant to Five Communities

By Kate Webber The Maine Humanities Council and Maine Historical Society are entering the final year of their partnership for the Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War grant, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grants allow community partners to explore and share their local history while drawing connections to the… Read more

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News from Local and Legendary: A Discussion of Soldier’s Heart in Presque Isle

Last month, 28 people gathered to discuss Gary Paulsen’s Soldier’s Heart as a part of Local and Legendary, the Maine Humanities Council’s Civil War program presented in partnership with Maine Historical Society. The partners in Presque Isle were holding a series of book discussions open to the community. This night, with Soldier’s Heart as the… Read more

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Local and Legendary: Maine in the Civil War

By Janet Lyons The first shots of the Civil War were fired on April 12, 1861. Everyone thought the war would be over in three months. But it didn’t end until April 6, 1865. For four long years, brothers fought brothers; sons, husbands, and brothers went off to fight. Over 750,000 soldiers never returned home…. Read more

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