Keywords: United States Capitol
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Contributed by: Margaret Chase Smith Library
Location: Washington; Bangor
Media: black and white photograph
Contributed by: Raymond H. Fogler Library
Date: circa 1980
In the 1950s and the 1960s, Maine's Civil Defense effort focused on preparedness for hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters and a more global concern, nuclear war. Civil Defense materials urged awareness, along with measures like storing food and other staple items and preparing underground or other shelters.
The Sanitary Commission, formed soon after the Civil War began in the spring of 1861, dealt with the health, relief needs, and morale of soldiers and their families. The Maine Agency helped families and soldiers with everything from furloughs to getting new socks.