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Sesquicentennial for Schools Project

As part of Maine’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of America’s Civil War, the Office of the Secretary of State has created the Sesquicentennial for Schools Program, presented by State Archivist, David Cheever.

Mr. Cheever is available to visit your school to talk with students about the impact that Maine had on the Civil War and the impact that the Civil War had on Maine.  His presentation brings the topic to a local level, with accounts of people in your town or neighboring towns who contributed to or participated in the war efforts.

The program is free and is tailored 100% for your school.  Mr. Cheever is able to plan a presentation to fit any grade-level (5-12) and group size.  Additionally, he is able to incorporate any specific issues your class has been studying. 

The Maine State Archives holds the most extensive collection of Civil War documents in the nation, including photographs of thousands of Maine soldiers, muster rolls, battlefield reports, official papers, and correspondence on everything from education to health care, welfare to warfare, business to politics, and gossip to government administration.

Registration Form (doc) (pdf version)

 
If you are interested in scheduling a visit please fill-out the registration form and return it to:
Office of the Secretary of State
Attn:  Melissa Couture
148 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0148
Fax: (207) 287-8598
Melissa.Couture@Maine.gov
Participating Schools
Schools that have participated in the program:
  • Ames Elementary
  • Buckfield Middle School
  • Clinton Elementary School
  • Edna Drinkwater Elementary School
  • Great Falls Elementary School
  • Great Salt Bay Community School
  • Greene Central School
  • Medomak Middle School
  • Monmouth Academy
  • Narragansett School
  • Oak Hill Middle School
  • Piscataquis Community Elementary School
  • Sacopee Valley Middle School
  • Sebago Elementary School
  • TWK Dirigo Middle School
  • Washburn District Elementary School
  • William S. Cohen School
  • York Middle School
 
Press Releases
State Archivist, David Cheever Speaks at Monmouth Academy
State Archivist, David Cheever Speaks at TWK Dirigo Middle School
State Archivist, David Cheever Speaks at Upper Kennebec Valley Memorial High School
State Archivist, David Cheever Speaks at Greene Central School
State Archivist, David Cheever Speaks at the William S. Cohen School
State Archivist, David Cheever to speak at Medomak Middle School