We're pleased to announce this "World in Your Library" program, sponsored by
the Maine Humanities Council -
Dr. Candace Kanes will explore a lesser known aspect of our state's role in
the Civil War. The story of the Underground Railroad before the war and the
military deeds of Mainers during combat are relatively familiar. But since
2013, as part of her research for a major exhibition at the Maine Historical
Society, Dr. Kanes has been studying old newspapers, census data and local
historical resources to learn more about the 300-400 formerly enslaved
persons who came to Maine after the war.
A principal figure in this history is General Oliver Otis Howard. A native
of Leeds, Maine, and decorated for his leadership in the war, he
subsequently headed the Freedmen's Bureau (the Army's Bureau of Refugees,
Freedmen and Abandoned Lands) from 1865 to 1874. That bureau helped
resettle formerly enslaved persons, and Howard's Maine connections brought
many of them here. The talk will tell the stories of some of these
refugees-how and why they came to Maine and their experiences here.
A former newspaper reporter and editor, Dr. Kanes earned her degree in
American history. In addition to teaching history at several Maine colleges,
she is the curator of Maine Memory Network at the Maine Historical Society.
She recently organized a provocative exhibition at the Maine State Museum in
Augusta celebrating Maine's 1919 ratification of the 19th amendment,
allowing women to vote.
To register call Wendy Roberts at 207-691-0833 or email
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Wendy Van Duzer Roberts
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Cushing, ME 04563
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"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do
nothing" (Edmund Burke)