Civil War speaker will present at Androscoggin Historical Society dinner


AUBURN — Bates College history professor Margaret Creighton will be guest speaker at the annual dinner meeting of the Androscoggin Historical Society at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, in the High Street Congregational Church hall, 106 Pleasant St.

Creighton will discuss the contributions of women and black civilians during the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. Much of her talk will be based on her most recent book, “Colors of Courage: Gettysburg’s Forgotten History,” a story of the battle from the viewpoint of white women, African-American civilians and immigrant soldiers. The book was a runner-up for the esteemed Lincoln Prize in 2006.

Creighton teaches a variety of courses at Bates. Her American history courses consider the experiences of ordinary and extraordinary Americans, and the ways that ideas about race, ethnicity, gender, sexual and class differences inform historical and contemporary experience. She also teaches a course on women and cultural geography and a fieldwork course for American cultural studies that features work and study in Lewiston.

The books she has written take the vantage point of people frequently dismissed from conventional history. “Rites and Passages” and “Dogwatch and Liberty Days: look at 19th-century seafaring from the perspective of mariners before the mast. “Iron Men, Wooden Women,” a co-edited collection of essays, considers the way women and gender shaped Atlantic seafaring.

Creighton received a Ph. D. in history from Boston University and a bachelor of arts from Indiana University.

The annual dinner will be at 6 p.m., followed by a business meeting, election of officers and the speaker at 7. Dinner tickets are $10. Reservations may be made until Thursday, May 20, by calling 784-0586. Both the dinner and program are open to the public.