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Expanded Hours for Civil War Exhibit

Winslow Homer illustration, "NEWS FROM THE WAR," Harper's Weekly, June 14, 1862.

The Osher Map Library at the University of Southern Maine has announced expanded summer hours for the traveling exhibition, “Torn in Two: the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.” The exhibition will be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The new hours begin this Saturday, June 1 until the end of the exhibition on August 24, 2013.

This unique presentation commemorates, explores and illuminates the Civil War through maps and historic items.  The overarching theme of the exhibition is the central role geography played in the causes, conduct, consequences, and commemorations of the Civil War.

“Torn in Two” originated at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library. Its appearance at Osher, the final stop on its national tour, is sponsored by Liberty Mutual Insurance Group. It was previously shown at the Grolier Club in New York City and Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.

The expanded Saturday hours will also include special map activities for parents and children. K-12 curriculum materials and educational resources based on the exhibition’s themes, and consistent with Common Core standards, are offered at the Leventhal Map Center .

Guided group tours are available for schools or adults and can be arranged by calling 207-780-4850 or via e-mail Osher Map Library.

The Osher Map Library is free and open to the public.