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February, 2017

World War I and the Maine Experience
Dates: Friday, February 03, 2017

Known as "The War to End All Wars", World War I ended nothing. 2017 marks the 100th Anniversary of American involvement in the first World War, and an opportunity to reflect on the tremendous impact it continues to have on American politics, society and culture. Our exhibition, World War I and the Maine Experience places emphasis on Maine's attitude towards the conflict, the cultural rhetoric of the period, and the service and sacrifice of Maine citizens on the front and at home. It also explores the role the media played in public opinion, and highlights how Maine's economy, population, and development reflected and ...
Contact: (207) 774–1822
Maine Historical Gallery

Portland, ME

 

Category: Maine

Graphic Matters: George Bellows and World War I
Dates: Thursday, February 09, 2017 09:00am - 05:00pm

In the decade before his death, the American artist George Bellows (1882–1925) embraced lithography, a printmaking technique in which the artist draws directly onto a stone or plate with an oil-based medium. Of the more than 170 lithographs that Bellows produced, twenty belong to his “War Series,” which was immediately controversial when published in 1918.As an illustrator for left-wing periodicals such as the Masses, Bellows was accustomed to addressing social issues pointedly, but he condemned “obvious, heavy propaganda.” Nevertheless, in 1918, with the United States at war, the former pacifist completed a series of prints, drawings, and monumental paintings that was ...
Contact: https://www.colby.edu/museum/exhibition/graphic-matters-george-bellows/
Colby College Museum of Art

Waterville, ME

 

Category: Maine
March, 2017

Noontime Art Talk: Men at War: George Bellows and World War I
Dates: Friday, March 10, 2017 12:00pm

Justin McCann and Diana Tuite, co-curators of Graphic Matters, in conversation about George Bellows’s “War Series.”
Contact: https://www.colby.edu/museum/2017/01/11/noontime-george-bellows/
Colby College Museum of Art

Waterville, ME

 

Category: Maine

Exhibit Opening: To Conquer or Submit? America Views the Great War
Dates: Thursday, March 30, 2017 05:30pm - 08:00pm

Celebrate the opening of our new exhibition on the World War I maps and propaganda in the collections of the Osher Map Library. About the exhibit: Americans relied on print images to understand World War I before and after the US entered the war in March 1917. Their understanding of Germany as an enemy was shaped by propaganda maps and posters, while newspaper maps helped them follow the war’s battles. In Europe, maps of the trench systems and of the Western Front were vital to the success of the American Expeditionary Forces. This exhibition commemorates and explores American participation in the ...
Contact: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/exhibition-opening-to-conquer-or-submit-america-views-the-great-war-tickets-32816773854
Osher Map Library

Portland, ME

 

Category: Maine
April, 2017

To Conquer or Submit? America Views the Great War
Dates: Tuesday, April 04, 2017

To Conquer or Submit? America Views the Great War Runs from March 30, 2017 to October 28, 2017Americans relied on printed images to understand World War I before and after the US entered the war in April 1917. Their understanding of Germany as an enemy was shaped by propaganda maps and posters, while newspaper maps helped them follow the war's battles. In Europe, maps of the trench systems and of the Western Front were vital to the success of the American Expeditionary Forces. This exhibition commemorates and explores American participation in the Great War—the "War to End All Wars"—with a sample ...
Contact: http://www.oshermaps.org/contact-us
Osher Map Library

Portland, ME

 

Category: Maine

Eloquence of Deeds: Maine WWI Centennial Commemoration
Dates: Thursday, April 06, 2017 01:00pm - 01:30pm

Maine Governor Carl Milliken said in his War Address to the Maine Legislature on April 3, 1917, "Let us, by appropriate action, assure the President and Congress of our full and loyal support in this solemn hour of national crisis. No words need be added to his noble statement of the case. The eloquence of deeds can best be ours."Over 32,000 Mainers served in uniform during the war; over 1,000 never came home, paying the ultimate sacrifice.Join us on April 6 as we commemorate the entrance of the United States and Maine into the First World War. Hear from presenters ...
Contact: maine@worldwar1centennial.org
Maine State Museum

Augusta, ME

 

Category: Maine

The ANZACS, Lest We Forget
Dates: Thursday, April 06, 2017 07:30pm

The Theater Project of Brunswick, Maine is excited to be celebrating its 45th anniversary with all original plays by Maine playwrights. We continue this April with The ANZACS, Lest We Forget. The play that inspired the whole season dedicated to Maine and its artists.Based on The Anzacs, 100 Years On, by Ted Egan, this new play will tell the story of the beginnings of a formidable fighting force, the extreme conditions of war in the 20th century, and the effects of battle on the ANZACS and those who waited at home during WWI.Ted Egan, listed among “Australia’s National Living Treasures,” ...
Contact: 207-728-8584
The Theater Project

Brunswick, ME

 

Category: Maine

Maine in World War I
Dates: Monday, April 17, 2017

The Maine Military Museum and Learning center will be running a World War I exhibit, featuring two large glass cases of WW I artifacts, five fully dressed mannequins, twenty five - thirty framed original posters and unit photos, a massive WW I US Army officers shipping trunk from the 30th Division, trunks from WW I Aero Service & WWI Tank Corp, and a tableau of a "Yank" in a bombed out building. The exhibit will run from April 17, 2017 to November 11, 2018.
Contact: http://mainemilitarymuseum.info/contact-us/
Maine Military Museum

South Portland, ME

 

Category: Maine
October, 2017

Pull Together: Maritime Maine in the 1914-1918 Great War
Dates: Saturday, October 07, 2017

“During the progress of the 20 months from April 1917 to November 1918, Bath was utterly transformed.” - Henry Wilson Owen, The Edward Clarence Plummer History of Bath, Maine, 1926 The significance of naval and merchant ships, and by extension the shipyards that built them, was more uncontested in the unprecedented searing magnitude of the first World War – when land armies had yet to become highly mechanized, and air power was a novelty – than it was in the grim repeat of WWII. Bath and other Maine coastal communities with long-standing shipbuilding reputations felt the war-fever flush of national attention (and ...
Contact: http://www.mainemaritimemuseum.org/exhibits/pull-together/
Maine Maritime Museum

Bath, ME

 

Category: Maine

Maine WWI Centennial Working Group

WWI Maine Draft Registration Pin

The Maine WWI Centennial Working Group is made up of representatives from the Participating Organizations.

 Would you or your organization like to become a participating partner or have your event listed on our calendar? Do you have questions about Maine in World War I? Please contact us at the email below.

 Contact: maine@worldwar1centennial.org