Bowdoin Unknown: The Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Museum

Though he figures prominently in Bowdoin culture—from the way he greets visitors from his post on Maine Street to the places on campus that bear his name—Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain remains a surprisingly unknown figure.

A graduate and president of the College, as well as a Civil War hero and governor of Maine, Chamberlain was “a hero in his day,” said Arthur Banner, a volunteer guide at the Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum.

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