Carving a National Image: The Civil War Sculpture of Maine’s Franklin Simmons
Speaker: Earle Shettleworth
In this illustrated lecture, State Historian Earle Shettleworth will illuminate the life and work of Maine born sculptor Franklin Simmons, for whom the Civil War was a major source of inspiration. As a young man near the end of the war, Simmons spent several months in Washington making bas reliefs and busts of the nation’s leading political and military leaders including Abraham Lincoln, William Seward, Ulysses Grant, and William Sherman. Simmons’ Civil War Monument in Lewiston may have been the first in the nation to use the popular motif of the standing soldier, though more elaborate war memorials by the sculptor are found in Portland and in Washington.
Call: (207) 774–1822