NOTE: This event has been rescheduled from Oct. 27.
To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of the "Great War"—which occurred on November 11, 1918—Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., former director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission and currently Maine's state historian, will present an illustrated program on Maine's involvement in World War I at 2:00 pm in the Mason House exhibit hall.
With the same patriotic fervor as Maine's response to a call for troops in the Civil War, more than 35,000 men and women across the state joined the armed forces in 1917–1918 to fight in aid of America's European allies against Germany, as well as to redress German destruction of American vessels in the North Atlantic. Mainers also provided vital support to the United States and the Allies through war-related industries, like shipbuilding, munitions, textiles, and agriculture, while purchasing more than $100 million in war bonds and donating bandages, books, and other comforts of home to the troops. The war may have been “over there,” but its effects were found throughout the state of Maine.
Following the lecture, Mr. Shettleworth will be available to sign copies of Maine in World War I, which he co-authored in 2017 with Jason C. Libby. The event is free and open to the public.