Creating a Maine Memory exhibit about their community’s Civil War-era history is only part of what our five Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War teams are up to this 2013-2014 year.
The other major component of Local & Legendary, overseen by MHS’s partner on the project, the Maine Humanities Council, is a “community read.” It’s a chance for community members to join together for the reading, discussion, and extension activities of one or more books.
By now, all the teams have chosen the books that they will promote to the larger community beginning with their project kick-offs this month and next, and throughout the year.
- Belfast will read The Killer Angels, supplemented by Gettysburg: The Graphic History of America’s Most Famous Battle and The Turning Point of the Civil War, for intergenerational appeal. The Belfast kick-off event is Sunday, October 13, from 2-4PM, beginning at the Belfast Free Library and ending with tours at the Belfast Historical Society.
- Gorham and Windham have chosen The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg for their combined community read. The two-town kick-off takes place on Sunday, September 29, at 1PM, at Great Falls School in Gorham, followed by a tour of the Gambo Mill site at 2PM.
- Homer P. Figg is also the choice of the Portland/Westbrook team for its community read. They will kick-off the Local & Legendary project on Sunday, October 20, from 1-3PM in Wilde Memorial Chapel at Evergreen Cemetery.
- Presque Isle has chosen to read and discuss a series of four books: The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg (a popular choice this year!), This Republic of Suffering, A Vast Army of Women: Maine’s Uncounted Forces in the American Civil War, and Soldier’s Heart: Being the Story of the Enlistment and Due Service of the Boy Charley Goddard in the First Minnesota Volunteers. Presque Isle will introduce the project to the wider community at Northern Maine Community College (Edmunds Conference Room) on Monday, October 7 at 6PM.
For more information on the teams and their activities, contact the team leaders:
- Belfast: Betsy Paradis, Belfast Free Library, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Gorham and Windham: Amy Valentine, Gorham Arts Alliance, email@example.com. The team also has a Facebook page.
- Portland/Westbrook: Jessica Siraco, Friends of Evergreen, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Presque Isle: Kim Smith, PI Historical Society, email@example.com.