Sesquicentennial Civil War Symposium

61515In partnership with Maine Humanities Council, Maine Historical Society is pleased to invite the public to a day-long symposium marking the mid-point of the Civil War sesquicentennial. The Symposium will take place at USM’s Hannaford Hall.

National and state-based speakers will address the beginnings of the Civil War; its causes, constituencies, politics, and personalities; cultural aspects of the Civil War era; and the why War still matters to us 150 years later.

Plenary speakers include Manisha Sinha, Professor of Afro-American Studies, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, on Emancipation during the Civil War; and Patrick Rael, Associate Professor of History, Bowdoin College, on Maine in the Civil War.

Breakout sessions include:

  • Libby Bischof, Assistant Professor of History, University of Southern Maine, on Civil War photography
  • Cedric Gael Bryant, Lee Family Professor of English at Colby College, on literature of the era
  • Gretchen Long, Associate Professor of History and Chair of Africana Studies Program, Williams College, on Civil War-era medical practices, with a focus on how African-Americans experienced care
  • Richard Sautter, Pennsylvania Humanities Council Commonwealth speaker and Adjunct Instructor of Theatre, Messiah College, on the role of the theater during the Civil War

Enjoy a special field music presentation from the 3rd Maine Infantry Fife and Drum Corps, and learn about the brand-new 23-site Maine Civil War Trail!

Advance registration is required. $35 general public; $20 students; includes lunch and morning refreshments. Books and prints will be available for sale on-site. To register, please visit this page on MHC’s website and complete the online registration form.

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