PORTLAND ‚Äď The Maine Humanities Council is again offering History Camp, a free week-long day camp for high school students who like history.¬† The first, at the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan, from June 28 to July 2rd¬† will focus on the Cold War, McCarthyism and Margaret Chase Smith. The second, from July 12 to July 16th¬† at the Colburn House in Pittston and Old Fort Western in Augusta, will explore Benedict Arnold‚Äôs connection with the Maine frontier.
The Maine Humanities Council is an independent, statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the people of Maine deepen their understanding of themselves, their communities, and the world. ¬†The Council works with volunteer literacy programs, educators, school systems and libraries to promote the power and pleasure of ideas through its programming; the Council also provides grants supporting projects in community history, exhibits, workshops and other areas of study.
If you think the political atmosphere is tough right now, you should have been around in the 1950s. Talk about scare tactics and one side demonizing the other! Senator Joseph McCarthy charged full steam ahead interrogating suspected Communists and the atmosphere was rife with suspicion. Imagine having the courage to speak your mind in the midst of such recrimination. Senator Margaret Chase Smith did just that in 1950. Her ‚ÄúDeclaration of Conscience‚ÄĚ speech represents the power of an individual holding firm to her own moral compass and creating change as a result
It‚Äôs 1775‚ÄĒthe start of the American Revolution. Benedict Arnold, a man better known to history as a traitor, led a risky and ultimately doomed expedition of rebel colonists through Maine to challenge the British in Quebec. At the time, Maine belonged to Massachusetts. Its wild, forested land offered no cities, roads, hospitals, or services to those colonists brave enough to build their lives there. Arnold, like the residents, struggled with fierce winter storms, transportation issues, food challenges, and unreliable relationships with Native Americans.
Both day camps are free of charge.¬† For more information or to register, please contact the Council at 207-773-5051 or 1-866-637-3233 or visit http://mainehumanities.org/programs/history-camp/index.html.
Contact Name: Sandra Neily