OML is pleased to present, as part of the 2013 Maine Civil War Trail, a subset of the exhibition of the same name, curated by Dr. Ronald E. Grim and originally installed in 2011 at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center of the Boston Public Library.
The exhibition uses historic maps, photographs, and prints to take a geographic and cartographic approach to exploring and illuminating the causes of the Civil War, the conduct of the war, and how the war has been remembered. OML has added a Maine section, drawn from the collections of Kenneth Thompson and the Osher Map Library, that focuses on the state’s physical defenses and the wartime training camps.
To see the show in its entirety, please visit the official exhibition web site.
The component on Maine's Soldier’s Monuments was researched and compiled by Lucinda Coombs, OML Graduate Assistant and MA candidate in OML’s American and New England Studies program. The illustrations of the monuments, both early and current, were selected from the collections of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission. The nineteenth century photographs of forts, mustering camps, batteries and arsenals displayed in the Arcade were researched and loaned by Kenneth E. Thompson Jr. Renee Keul, OML’s Outreach Coordinator, designed the layout for both the Soldiers’ Monuments and the fortification displays in the flat bed case and arcade.
The Exhibition Checklist was prepared by Laura Collard, OML’s Administrative Assistant.
Additional technical services were provided by David Neikirk, OML’s Digital Imaging Manager, and Stuart Hunter of Casco Bay Framing. The assistance of the USM staffs of the Marketing and Brand Management and Public Affairs Office is gratefully acknowledged.