Belfast receives grant to raise awareness of local Civil War history

May 24, 2013

A Belfast "team," comprised of The Belfast Free Library, the Belfast Historical Society and Museum, Senior College and The Game Loft, is one of four Maine community teams recently selected to receive a Local and Legendary: Maine in the Civil War grant.

Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and awarded by the Maine Historical Society and the Maine Humanities Council, the grants enable local organizations, by means of an interdisciplinary collaboration, to tell the story of Maine's participation in the Civil War.

The Belfast team's goal is to raise awareness and stimulate a renewed interest in the Civil War. The team will focus on the effects of the war on the citizens of Belfast. The Library will make use of the "One Story, One Community" reading and discussion series to promote community awareness of the war.

The Museum will mount a major Civil War exhibit entitled "Belfast on the Home Front," with the Belfast Civil War flag quilt, stitched by the ladies of Belfast in 1864, as centerpiece.

Senior College scholars will contribute research and writing skills and, hopefully, courses in Civil War history during the 2013-2014 academic year.

The Game Loft, which provides positive youth development through games and recreational activities, is already "gaming" the Civil War by means of a role-playing program. Further role-playing will be provided by staged readings and, perhaps, a theatrical production.

It is an ambitious and challenging project, and there will be opportunities for other interested organizations and volunteers to participate.

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