Communities invited to explore local Civil War history

The Maine Historical Society and Maine Humanities Council are offering 10 Maine communities the opportunity to explore their local Civil War history through a new joint program, “Local & Legendary: Maine and the Civil War.”

Maine holds a special place in the history of the American Civil War. This program aims to recognize and celebrate the role of Mainers on the battlefield and on the home front, and bring communities together around Civil War-related stories.

Each community involved in this project will form a team consisting of a local historical institution, a library and an education institution. The team will work collaboratively on a variety of activities including digitizing local historical collections, creating online exhibits on Maine Memory Network and hosting a series of “One Story, One Community” programs.

“Local and Legendary” has received major support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Each participating community will receive a $2,000 grant and substantial training and resources to support their work. A one-day public symposium on April 27, 2013, at the University of Southern Maine’s Hannaford Hall, featuring national and state-based speakers, formally kicks off the project.

The community application process for the first five communities opens on Jan. 1, with a deadline of March 1. Five additional communities will be selected in 2014.

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