7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)
From Kittery to Ashland and from Bethel to Eastport, Maine has 175 Civil War monuments commemorating the sacrifices of the state's men and women to preserve the Union between 1861 and 1865. Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., Maine State Historian, will present the fascinating story of these tangible expressions of patriotism during the four-year conflict that divided the nation.
Sponsored by the Old Berwick Historical Society, the program will be held on Thursday, April 26, starting at 7:30 pm at Berwick Academy's Jeppesen Science Center on Academy Street, and the public is invited. Refreshments will be served by volunteers.
These monuments range in age from Bangor in 1864 while the war was still in progress to Lisbon in 1999. Many of monuments feature standing Union soldiers sculptured in granite, marble, or bronze, while others are stone shafts on square pedestals. Many inscriptions bear witness to the fundamental reason for the four-year conflict: the preservation of the Union at all cost.
A native of Portland, Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. attended Deering High School, Colby College, and Boston University and was the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Bowdoin College. At the age of thirteen, Shettleworth became interested in historic preservation through the destruction of Portland's Union Station in 1961. A year later he joined the Sills Committee, which founded Greater Portland Landmarks in 1964. In 1971 he was appointed by Governor Curtis to serve on the first board of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, for which he became architectural historian in 1973 and director in 1976. Shettleworth has lectured and written extensively on Maine history and architecture, his most recent publication being Opulence To Ashes: Bar Harbor’s Gilded Century, which he co-authored with Lydia Vandenberg. In 2008, Governor Baldacci reappointed Mr. Shettleworth to a second term as State Historian.