Pittsfield- 150 year-old characters and modern day people came together today at the First Universalist Church in Pittsfield to commemorate the American Civil War.
The event was the final piece of a year long project by the Pittsfield Historical Society, Pittsfield Public Library, and the Maine Central Institute to research and establish Pittsfield’s role in the war.
“I think it’s a great event because it creates a common goal for different local societies and organizations to really come together and share the common memories and the local history,” said Guang Shou Yang, an MCI teacher and co-coordinator of the Civil War Program.
Today’s program served to showcase all of the years findings, which are now available online to the public at http://goo.gl/uq48hA.
“The focus has been for each of the five communities to look at their own community, look at what artifacts and information we had and to learn how did it impact us,” said Jane Woodruff, a co-coordinator of the Civil War Program.
Through the year of research, they were able to determine that 200 local men fought in the war, and 24 of them were killed. Their names were honored on a screen and during the ceremony.
“I think over the year we have touched on different angles of the civil war and different dimensions of local memory of civil war, so I think now the students have a much better understanding about the local town and town folks which before may have seemed a little bit far away,” said Yang.