Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War, is a grant program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities that brings together collaborative project teams comprised of libraries, historical organizations, and educational institutions in Maine to explore local Civil War history in multidisciplinary ways.
The Scarborough team will create a digital exhibit specific to local history to be hosted on the Maine Historical Society's Maine Memory Network (MMN) Civil War site. They will also organize several humanities programs throughout the year that will explore Civil War themes, including a One Book, One Community read, a Civil War film series, and a finale presentation created and performed by student participants that will culminate the year's work in the spring of 2015.
The Scarborough Historical Society has identified over 230 Scarborough men who served in the Civil War, many of whom re-enlisted more than once. Hon. Augustas Freedom Moulton spoke of the unsurpassed patriotic record of "old Scarboro" at the dedication of the Scarborough Soldier's Monument in 1913.
Residents are encouraged to contact the Scarborough Historical Society regarding family history related to the conflict, or any letters, pictures, or other Civil War ephemera that can be scanned or photographed for inclusion in the online MMN catalog and exhibit. The Scarborough Historical Society is open on Tuesdays between 9:00 am and Noon at 647 U.S. Route One, or residents can call 207-883-5445 to speak with Bruce Thurlow, or email the Society at scarboroughhist [at] maine.rr.com.
Special events throughout the year will be announced in local newspapers, on the Scarborough Public Library's website and Facebook page, and through flyers available at both the Library and the Scarborough Historical Society.