SOUTH THOMASTON — “Civil War Reflections: Collecting 1860s Ephemera” is the title of a free public program to be presented at the Wessaweskeag Historical Society Museum, Thursday, June 27, at 7 p.m.
The evening has been set aside for a casual, roundtable “show ‘n’ tell” conversation about old books, postal history, and other paper collectibles associated with the War Between the States.
According to Wikipedia, “As a fervently abolitionist and strongly Republican state, Maine contributed a higher proportion of its citizens to the Union armies than any other, as well as supplying extensive equipment and stores,” recorded Lt. Col. Walter Stone Poor of Oxford County. “What a splendid cause is this on which we are engaged. I think it is the grandest that ever enlisted the sympathies of man. Nobler even than the Revolution for they fought for their own freedom while we fight for that of another race.”
Among the archival highlights to be shared are a guest register of the Beal Hotel & Tavern, an accommodation owned and operated by George Lafayette Beal of Norway, Maine (Beal was a hero of Gettysburg, a Brigadier General of U.S. Volunteers, the Commander of the Department of Maine of the Grand Army of the Republic, the Commander of the Maine Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, the Adjutant General of the Maine State Militia, and Maine State Treasurer); an envelope sent by Brigadier General Joshua Chamberlain to his wife Fanny shortly after the formal surrender at Appomattox Court House in April of 1865; and the quaintest-of-the-quaint book, Whispers of the Muses, penned by the mystic-veteran infantryman Samuel Brown Huddleston.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their own Civil War ephemera for exhibition and exposition.
Host-presenter Chuck Jacobs is the author of Bravest of the Brave, a biography of the nation’s first Medal of Honor recipient, Lt. Jacob Parrott of Kenton, Ohio.
Jacobs has devoted more than three decades to historic site administration and museum curatorship.
The program is held in cooperation with the Library and Historical Society.
Following the Civil War show ‘n’ tell, a special preview-advance sale of military and maritime historical books will take place; numerous fine and desirable titles shall be offered.
The Library’s perennial favorite Big Used Book Bonanza is scheduled for Saturday, June 29.
This Historical Society is located at 8 Dublin Road (behind the South Thomaston Public Library/“Little Red Schoolhouse.”
For additional information about the June 27 activities, folks are invited to query Jacobs at his email: Lzeppozulu@aol.com.