“Maine Voices from Civil War” is the subject of the upcoming program at the Maine State Library

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May 6, 2022 State Library of Maine

Maine Voices from the Civil War will be the subject of an upcoming evening program sponsored by the Kennebec Historical Society and hosted at the Maine State Library in Augusta.

  • What: Speech by author and curator Laurie LaBar on the people of Maine and their role in the Civil War.
  • When: Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 6:30 PM
  • Or: Maine State Library’s temporary location at 242 State Street, Augusta, ME
  • Who: Open to the public and free (donations gladly accepted)


Many books have been written about the valiant role of Maines soldiers in the Civil War. In Maine Civil War Voices, author and curator Laurie LaBar examines the war from multiple angles, using the writings of Maine soldiers and civilians, as well as the artifacts they left behind. It discusses aspects of a soldier’s life and the possibilities that awaited them: camp, battle, prison, hospital, and hopefully a safe return home. It also discusses the home front, the challenges soldiers’ family members faced, and the ways war has returned to Maine.

A Kennebec Historical Society lecturer, Laurie LaBar is chief curator of history and decorative arts at the Maine State Museum. A former archaeologist, Laurie earned her master’s degree from the University of Delawares’ Winterthur program on ancient American culture and returned to Maine to become a curator. In addition to writing Maine Civil War VoiceLaBar also wrote Maine Quilts: 250 Years of Comfort and Community, co-published by the Maine State Museum and Down East Books. Her August 2021 presentation for the Kennebec Historical Society on Maine quilts can still be viewed on the society’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/KHS1891/ .

For more information call Scott Wood, executive director of the Kennebec Historical Society, at 207-622-7718.

Jessica C. Bell