History-themed trip to Brunswick, Maine offered

On July 2, 1863, Colonel Joshua L. Chamberlain was sent with the 20th Maine Infantry to defend Little Round Top in the battle of Gettysburg. When the 15th Alabama Infantry regiment mounted an attack on the hill, Chamberlain led a heroic charge which helped turn the tide of the battle.

Chamberlain received the Medal of Honor for his heroism, and his role at Gettysburg became a major focus of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Killing Angels” by Michael Shaara. Chamberlain’s character was portrayed by Jeff Daniels in the epic war film “Gettysburg.” When Chamberlain returned to his home state of Maine, he was elected as governor of Maine from 1866-70, and he went on to serve as president of Bowdoin from 1871-83.

On April 9, at 5:30 p.m., Banner Tours and Travel will give a presentation at the Historical Society of Cheshire County about a two-day trip to Brunswick, Maine to explore Chamberlain’s life, family, and career. The tour will go by motorcoach on Sept. 4 and return on Sept. 5. The tour will visit the Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum in Brunswick and the Peary MacMillan Arctic Museum at Bowdoin, and the Pejebscot Historical Society to see and hear Chamberlain’s correspondence during the war. Additional stops along the beautiful Maine coastline, including Freeport, home of L.L. Bean, are also included.

The presentation at the Historical Society will give people an opportunity to ask questions about the tour, sign up if they are interested, and pick up information on other historical tours.

This tour is part of a series of tours that Banner Tours and Travel is putting on with its partners the Historical Society of Cheshire County and the Monadnock Center for History and Culture. The tours have historical and cultural themes and they range from one-day trips to multi-day trips. Other tours in the series will include a trip to Edith Wharton’s home, the Mount, in Lenox, Mass.; a tour of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston; a two-day trip to the Glimmerglass Opera House to see Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Carousel”; a multi-day tour that will visit four historic railways in Colorado; and a river cruise from Paris, France to the landing beaches of Normandy.

For more information, contact HSCC at 352-1895.

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