The first Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War One Book, One Community program was held at the Mark & Emily Turner Library in Presque Isle on January 9, 2014. Twelve tweens, parents, and other community members turned out to discuss The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick.
Younger participants left with a better sense of what it would mean to be their age during the time of the war. For some, this was a challenging idea to accept; others expressed a degree of fear of being sent into war, citing the huge loss of lives; and still others saw it as an opportunity for adventure.
For all participants, it was a good opportunity to compare and contrast the Civil War with contemporary warfare. There was a general discussion of this idea, along with how Presque Isle has been affected along the way. All in all, everyone left feeling that it was a positive experience.
The next book discussion will be held on February 12th at the Presque Isle Middle School where students and veterans will be discussing Gary Paulsen’s historical war novella Soldiers Heart: Being the Story of the Enlistment and Due Service of the Boy Charley Goddard in the First Minnesota Volunteers.
Thanks to Local & Legendary Maine Humanities Council project consultant, Janet Lyons, for this update.