Scholar, Soldier, Statesman: Town of Brunswick Celebrates Life of Local Hero Chamberlain

The Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum

The town of Brunswick is celebrating the life of one of its most heroic former residents, Joshua Chamberlain. A member of the Class of 1852, Chamberlain was also a decorated Civil War general, president of the College and Governor of Maine, among other things.

Chamberlain Days, August 11-13, 2017, take place every other summer and are organized by the Pejepscot Hisorical Society, which also operates the Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum in Brunswick.

The weekend’s events include a presentation of highlights from the Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Collection at Bowdoin College. That will be hosted by Special Collections Education and Outreach Librarian Marieke Van Der Steenhoven at the George J.Mitchell Department of Special Collections and Archives.

Joshua Chamberlain

There will also be a walking tour titled “Bowdoin Through the years,” led by John Cross ’76, secretary of development and college relations and Bowdoin’s unofficial historian, as well as lectures, musical performances and an encampment on the town mall by civil war re-enactors, featuring drilling and firing demonstrators.

This year’s festivities also include a Civil War trivia quiz and a “moustache contest,” in honor of Chamberlain’s own impressive set of whiskers. Those events take place at Byrnes Irish Pub on Station Avenue.

 

 

Rudalevige in Washington Post: What Did Founding Fathers Think of the Press?

Founding Principles Chapter 7: The Media from Bowdoin College on Vimeo.

What role does the news media play in the functioning of the US government? “The principle of a free press is a cornerstone of the Bill of Rights,” wrote Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government Andrew Rudalevige in the Washington Post political science blog The Monkey Cage.

Every week over the summer The Monkey Cage is publishing an episode of Founding Principles, a series of short videos presented by Rudalevige explaining how American government works. The latest episode—the seventh—examines the role of the media in government and how that has changed over the years.