Wednesday, September 11, 2013

MAF Designs 
Civil War Soldiers and Abraham Lincoln Portraits
at Belgrade Maine Public Library Event

 Lincoln, bronze, 7 x 4 x 3 in., Modern Art Foundry

On August 7, 2013, Lincoln Prize winner Dr. Elizabeth Leonard, head of the history department at Colby College, presented and took questions in response to all five of her Civil War histories at the Belgrade Public Library. These works are:

-Lincoln’s Forgotten Ally: Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt of Kentucky, 2011
-Men of Color to Arms!: Black Soldiers, Indian Wars, and the Quest for Equality, 2010
-Lincoln’s Avengers: Justice, Revenge, And Reunion After The Civil War, 2004
-All the Daring of the Soldier: Women of the Civil War Armies, 1999
-Yankee Women: Gender Battles in the Civil War, 1994

Lincoln's Forgotten Ally: Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt of Kentucky won Dr. Leonard the prestigious 2012 Lincoln Prize awarded annually since 1991 by the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College for the best non-fiction historical work of the year on the American Civil War. The award includes a bronze bust of the Lincoln statue created by Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

Featured on display was MAF Designs coffee-table size portraits of Abraham Lincoln and four Civil War Soldiers. The soldier's, two of each alike, were created to represent all serving in the Civil War, and were on display in stylized patinas of blue and gray. The Lincoln portrait, shown in bonded bronze, as the bronze edition has sold out, was purchased and given as a gift from an anonymous benefactor.

It was noted that in attendance was Jay Hoar, retired professor from University of Maine, author, and Civil War researcher, who has been a presenter at prior Belgrade Civil War events.

Educational Civil War events have become a summer tradition in Belgrade, Maine and MAF Designs hopes to be asked to participate next year too.

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