The Maine State Museum, Maine State Archives, and Maine State Library collaborate on Thursday, March 15 to present special exhibits and collections spotlighting World War I stories, documents, photographs, and artifacts. The free event begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Cultural Building at 230 State Street, Augusta.
The Maine State Museum will feature its exhibit, “Over There and Down Home: Mainers and World War I” during the evening. The exhibit’s curator, Angela Goebel-Bain will also be on hand to show some artifacts from the museum’s collections that are not in the exhibit.
“At the Maine State Library, we will bring out some little-known and seldom seen items in our special collections,” says Alison Maxell, the director of the library’s public and outreach services. “This includes a fascinating scrapbook compiled by Isadora Linscott of Farmington and several photographic and pictorial books, including one featuring the work of Lucien Jonas, a French soldier-artist whose captivating drawings, oil paintings, sketches, and illustrations were reproduced in magazines and books world-wide.”
“Neutral No More: Maine Mobilizes for the Great War,” a special exhibit by the Maine State Archives will also be featured in the March 15 open house. According to archivist Sam Howes, the exhibit includes documents and images that show how Maine government and its citizens responded to World War I. One special section of the exhibit highlights Maine’s emergency response to the massive Halifax Explosion, which occurred in December 2017 with the collision of two ships, one a munitions carrier, in Halifax Harbor and led to the deaths of 2,000 people.
The March 15 open house is part of the March Collaborative Encounters series by the Maine State Museum, Archives, and Library. Future presentations in the series will be: March 29 – “The World War I Dye Shortage: Color, Clothes, and Chemistry” by Jacqueline Field; and April 12 – “Maine and World War I” Talk and Book Signing by Jason Libby and Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. All programs begin at 6:00 p.m.
The photograph above is featured in the Maine State Museum’s exhibit, “Over There and Down Home: Maine in World War I.” It shows a recruiting activity in Livermore Falls in 1917 and was lent to the museum by the family of Franklyn Burbank.