The Maine Homefront in World War I on Thurs., March 29

Maine State Historian Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. will explore the role played by Maine men and women in World War I, especially here at home at a talk and slideshow at the Jesup Memorial Library on Thursday, March 29 at 7 p.m. When the United States joined the war on April 16, 1917, Mainers answered the call, by 1918, 35,000 Maine men and women joined the military and by the end of the war Maine civilians donated an average of $147 per person to the war effort. 

This talk, featuring previously unseen historic photographs, many of them real photo postcards of the period, tells the story of recruitment, troop departures, parades, bond drives, shipbuilding, war-related industries, and knitting socks for the soldiers. See this chapter in Maine’s past comes alive in these century old pictures.

A native of Portland, Maine, Shettleworth, attended Deering High School, Colby College, and Boston University and was the recipient of honorary doctorates from Bowdoin College and the Maine College of Art. At the age of thirteen, he became interested in historic preservation through the destruction of Portland’s Union Station in 1961. A year later he joined the Sills Committee which founded Greater Portland Landmarks in 1964. In 1971 he was appointed by Governor Curtis to serve on the first board of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, for which he became architectural historian in 1973 and director in 1976. He retired from that position in 2015. He has lectured and written extensively on Maine history and architecture, his most recent publication is “Maine in World War I,” which he co- authored in 2017. He has served as State Historian since 2004.

This event is part of “World War I and America” a series of programs that are supported by a grant from “World War I and America,” a two-year national initiative of the Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information, contact the Jesup at 207-288-4245 or mrice@jesuplibrary.org.