Also Belfast City Hall rededication

Staged reading in Local & Legendary finale

May 09, 2014
Civil War Veterans gather in front of Memorial Hall, now Belfast City Hall, in a vintage photograph.

Belfast — The Belfast Local & Legendary team will hold a final community event Sunday afternoon, May 18, in celebration of the past eight months of programs commemorating the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, and the important role Belfast and Waldo County played in it.

A staged reading of “Going to See the Elephant: Belfast Voices From the Civil War," a drama written and edited by Geordie Squibb and directed by Judi Erickson, will be presented in the Sanctuary of First Church UCC, 8 Court St. The reading will include material taken from the memoir of Augusta Quimby Frederick and letters of William Austin Burgess, who was mortally wounded during the siege of Petersburg, as well as newspaper articles from both The Republican Journal and Progressive Age of the period.

Following the staged reading, attendees will be invited to gather at Belfast City Hall for a re-dedication ceremony commemorating the building’s original purpose as a Memorial to Civil War Veterans, after which light refreshments will be enjoyed.

The Belfast Team is comprised of the Belfast Free Library, the Belfast Historical Society and Museum, Senior College at Belfast and Maine Youth Alliance/The Game Loft, and is one of four Maine community teams selected in 2013 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.

This series finale is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 338-3884, ext. 25.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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