The Fourth of July parade in Bar Harbor in 1917. PHOTO COURTESY OF EARLE G. SHETTLEWORTH JR

Shettleworth to tell stories, share WWI photos



BAR HARBOR — 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 had joined the military, and by the end of the war, Maine civilians had 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.

A native of Portland, Shettleworth attended Deering High School, Colby College and Boston University and has received honorary doctorates from Bowdoin College and the Maine College of Art. At the age of 13, 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 Gov. 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 support from The National Endowment for the Humanities.

Contact the Jesup at 288-4245 or mrice@jesuplibrary.org.