"The Maine Homefront in WWI" with Earle Shettleworth

3/29/2018, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join Maine State Historian Earle G.  Shettleworth, Jr. to learn more about Maine's role in WWI on Thursday, March 29 at 7 p.m. This illustrated lecture documents the lives of Maine's men and women in World War I, especially here at home. Thirty-five thousand men and women across the state joined the military in 1917 and 1918 to fight in a "war to end all wars" that promised to "make the world safe for democracy." Maine civilians supported the war by purchasing $118.4 million in government bonds and $8.4 million in war savings stamps. Private sector relief programs operated by the American Red Cross, YMCA, YWCA and the Salvation Army also received generous contributions from the public. By the end of the war, every man, woman and child in the state had donated an average of $147 to the war effort. Newly unearthed historic photographs, many of them real photo postcards of the period, tell the story of recruitment, troop departures, parades, bond drives, shipbuilding, war-related industries and knitting socks for the soldiers. This chapter in Maine's past comes alive in these century-old pictures.   

Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609