Maine’s Civil War History for Schools Program (New Name)

With the sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary of the beginning of America’s Civil War coming to a close, the Sesquicentennial for Schools Program will now be known as Maine's Civil War History for Schools Program.  Despite the name change, the program remains the same. 

The State Archivist 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.  The 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.  The presentation can be planned to suit any grade-level (5-12) and group size.  Additionally, any specific topic your class has been studying may be incorporated into the presentation. 

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:

Maine State Archives
Attn:  Dave Cheever
84 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0084
Fax: (207) 287-5517

Schools that have participated in the program:

  • Ames Elementary School (2012, 2015)
  • Auburn School Department, Gifted and Talented Program (2014, 2015, 2017)
  • Bruce Whittier Middle School (2015)
  • Buckfield Middle School (2012)
  • Camden Hills Regional High School (2017)
  • Center for Teaching & Learning, Edgecomb (2016)
  • Charles A. Snow School, Fryeburg (2017)
  • Clinton Elementary School (2012)
  • Cornerstone Christian Academy, Presque Isle (2016)
  • Damariscotta Montessori School (2013)
  • Edna Drinkwater Elementary School (2012)
  • Fort O'Brien School (2013)
  • Great Falls Elementary School (2012)
  • Great Salt Bay Community School (2013)
  • Greene Central School (2012)
  • Hebron Stations School (2016)
  • Helen S. Dunn Elementary (2015)
  • Jefferson Village School (2016)
  • Jordan-Small Middle School (2014)
  • Madison High School (2017)
  • Margaret Chase Smith School, Skowhegan (2016)
  • Marshwood (2016)
  • Massabesic High School (2013)
  • Mattanawcook Jr. High School (2014)
  • Medomak Middle School (2012)
  • Monmouth Academy (2012)
  • Narragansett School (2012)
  • Oak Hill Middle School (2012)
  • Ossipee Valley Christian School (2015)
  • Paris Elementary School (2015)
  • Piscataquis Community Elementary School (2012)
  • Princeton Elementary (2013)
  • River Alternative Middle School (2015)
  • Sacopee Valley Middle School (2012, 2014)
  • Saint James School, Biddeford (2016)
  • Sebago Elementary School (2013)
  • Sherwood Heights Elementary School, Auburn (2017)
  • TWK Dirigo Middle School (2012)
  • Washburn District Elementary School (2013)
  • Wells Junior High School (2013)
  • Whitefield Elementary School (2013, 2015)
  • Williams S. Cohen School (2012)
  • Windsor Elementary School (2016)
  • Winthrop Grade School (2013)
  • Wiscasset Middle School (2014)
  • York Middle School (2012)

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