Union Historical Society will meet Wednesday, Aug. 7, at the Old Town House on Town House Road/Route 235, just off Union Common. The evening will start with a 6:30 p.m. potluck supper, where guests are invited to bring a main dish or salad to share and their own place setting. Beverages and dessert will be provided by hosts Jennifer Arbour and Suzi Barbee.

A short business meeting at 7:30 p.m. will be followed by the evening’s program. Stephen May, a Union summer resident who is an independent historian, writer and lecturer about art, culture and historic preservation, will give a presentation titled Their Eyes Have Seen the Glory: Art of the Civil War. He will illustrate the art of Union and Confederate artists, on land and sea, with an emphasis on Union and Maine's participation in the bloody conflict.

May’s subjects vary widely from current exhibitions on view in museums to overviews of specific artists and contemporary subjects in art and culture. He has summered in Maine all his life and has a special interest in the art and artists of Maine. He has lectured at museums, universities, historical societies and retirement communities, including a half-dozen in Maine, as well as writing for a wide variety of periodicals and newspapers focusing on art and culture.

May’s first career was in government (1955 to 1988). He served successively as Executive Assistant to U.S. Sen. Kenneth B. Keating; as Mayor of Rochester, N.Y.; as Chairman of the New York State Board of Elections; and as Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He has practiced law, visited 50 states and 50 countries and has written and spoken widely about his observations. He divides his time between Washington, D.C., and Midcoast Maine.

All meetings of Union Historical Society are free and open to the public. Union Historical Society owns and maintains the Robbins House on Union Common; the Cobb’s Ledge historic site on Town House Road; and the Old Town House, which is available to rent for functions.  Membership is $5 per year. For more information, call 785-5444 and leave a message; or visit unionhistoricalsociety.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.