Students better understand impact of Civil War through study of Washburn family

Back to Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War

Published May 20, 2015 in the Lewiston Sun Journal.

By Pam Harnden, Staff Writer

“LIVERMORE — Ten students in a history class titled “Our Hands on History” have spent the past year taking a close look at the Civil War and the impact it had on people from all walks of life by studying the Washburn family. Their findings have been compiled and are now featured on the Maine Memory Network website.

Support for this project came from a Local and Legendary Grant awarded to Spruce Mountain High School and Norlands Living History Museum by the Maine Humanities Council, Maine Historical Society and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

In addition to reading about the Civil War, students in the class spent much time scanning documents from the Norlands collection and then transcribing them. The finished work may be viewed by visiting  https://www.mainememory.net/sitebuilder/site/2556/page/4110/display?use_….

The students’ web exhibit looks at the various connections members of the Washburn family had to the Civil War. At a reception on Monday night, the students performed a skit based on some of the family’s correspondence. Those letters gave further insight into the role the Washburn family played during the Civil War.”

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