October is Discover History Month at Camden library
Camden — The Camden Public Library will once again host a series of speakers for its popular Discover History Month, during October 2013.
The speakers will cover a range of historical topics, with a focus on how history affects the lives and culture of the Midcoast today. The series will kick off on Tuesday, Oct. 1 with a talk by historian and Civil War expert Blaikie Hines of Thomaston.
Hines will come to the library in the garb of a Maine U.S. Christian Commission Delegate of 1861, and portray how the citizens on the home front during the Civil War responded to the horrors and reality of wounded patients in primitive Army hospitals, and prisoners of war at a time when there was no Red Cross, Salvation Army, Goodwill, or any other disaster relief organization.
Local historian Hank Lunn will give a presentation on Camden’s experience in the War of 1812, on Tuesday, Oct. 8, based on diaries and historical records.
Author Robin Lloyd will give a talk on his new historical novel, "Rough Passage to London: A Sea Captain’s Tale," on Thursday, Oct. 10. The book is based on the career of his real-life ancestor Capt. Elisha Ely Morgan, who plied the New York-Liverpool-London trade during the packet era. Books will be available at the talk, provided by Sherman’s Books of Camden.
On Tuesday, Oct. 15, historian and author George Daughan will follow up on his history of the War of 1812 with "The Shining Sea: David Porter and the Epic Voyage of the U.S.S. Essex During the War of 1812." In the book , Daughan tells the swashbuckling true tale of a lone American commander and his monomaniacal quest to rout the British from the South Pacific during the War of 1812. A thrilling narrative of risk and ruin on the high seas, "The Shining Sea" brings to life one of the war’s most charismatic figures, and one of its greatest tragedies.
The final speaker of the month will be Stephen Haynes, director of the Maine Granite Industry Museum on Mt. Desert, on Thursday, Oct. 24. He will speak about the granite industry in the quarries of Knox County, including notable quarries in St. George, South Thomaston, Tenants Harbor, Vinalhaven, Hurricane Island, and Muscle Ridge Plantation.
Discover History Month is presented thanks in part to support by the Camden National Bank.
All History Month programs begin at 7 p.m. in the library’s Picker Room.