Past Programs | Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War


Anne Schlitt
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Archived Program

Past Programs | Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War

Presented in partnership with Maine Historical Society

What's the Civil War story in your town?

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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.

Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War was a collaboration between the Maine Historical Society (MHS) and the Maine Humanities Council (MHC). Building upon a well-established relationship between the two organizations and successful program models currently offered by each, Local & Legendary  engaged 10 Maine communities in their Civil War history, 5 in 2013-14 and 5 in 2014-15. Three public symposia were offered in 2013 (Portland), 2014 (Hermon), and 2015 (Portland).

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