Civil War historian to present at Food for Thought

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LEWISTON — Dr. Charles Plummer, a Civil War historian, living-history performer, and long-time L.A. Senior College instructor, will be the presenter at the next LA Senior College Food for Thought session on Friday, May 12.

Plummer will share a few Civil War poems that illuminate the literary meanings and memory of the Civil War as well as the role that poetry plays in American popular culture.

He is a firm believer that it is important to understand that poetry is a literary art form that can be associated with a vast array of ideas and emotions and that many poets throughout history have incorporated their political views and their personal thoughts through the use of poetry. The Civil War poems that he will share reveal this.

He has divided the poems that he will be sharing into the following seven categories: the horrors of war, moral fervor, snapshots of war, Pantheon, Lincoln, aftermath, and stillness. Prior to reading each poem, he will share a few words about the author who wrote it.

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Senior College, now in its 19th year, presents this monthly luncheon program that is open to the public in Function Room 170 at USM LAC. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and the program will begin at noon.

The cost, which includes lunch, is $7 with an advance reservation or $8 at the door. Advance reservation must be made by noon on Wednesday, May 10. Reservations calls made later will be considered at the door.

FMI, RSVP: 207-753-6510.

Charles Plummer

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