The Maine Historical Society, in partnership with the Maine State Library, is excited to announce that the first eight Maine communities have been selected to participate in the Maine Community Heritage Project (MCHP). The communities are: Bath, Farmington, Hampden, Islesboro, Lubec, New Portland, Presque Isle, and Thomaston.
Bath: The Bath team—a partnership between the Patten Free Library, Bath Historical Society, and Bath Middle School—will explore the history of downtown Bath and create an online map exhibit with links to highlight important events, sites, and people in Bath’s history. Bath is a small mid-coast city located on the Kennebec River.
Farmington: The Farmington team—a partnership between Farmington Public library, Farmington Historical Society, Mount Blue Middle School, and the Center for Community GIS—will identify local resources, use technology to promote the study of history, and to put their recently completed walking tour online. Farmington is located in the western Maine foothills of Franklin County.
Hampden: The Hampden team—a partnership between the Edythe L. Dyer Community Library, Hampden Historical Society, Reeds Brook Middle School, and the Hampden Communication Committee—will promote broad citizen involvement in presenting Hampden’s history and is interested in using broadcast and web media to make local resources available to the public. Hampden is located in Penobscot County, south of Bangor.
Islesboro: The Islesboro team—a partnership between the Alice L. Pendleton Library, Islesboro Historical Society and Islesboro Central School—will collaborate to preserve the island’s historical resources and to create a user-friendly way to access local historical source materials about the island. Islesboro is a small island community in Waldo County.
Lubec: The Lubec team—a partnership between the Lubec Memorial Library, Lubec Historical Society, Lubec Consolidated School, West Quoddy Lightkeepers Association, Association to Promote and Protect the Lubec Environment, and the Lubec Bicentennial Committee—will focus on preparing for Lubec’s bicentennial in 2011 and providing new research for an updated town history. Lubec is a small seacoast community on the Canadian border in Washington County.
New Portland: The New Portland team—a partnership between the New Portland Community Library, New Portland Historical Society, and MSAD #74—has created a new partnership to document and share the town’s history for the upcoming bicentennial and the 20th anniversary of their library. New Portland is a small town on the Carrabassett River in western Somerset County.
Presque Isle: The Presque Isle team—a partnership between the Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Library, Presque Isle Historical Society, MSAD #1, and University of Maine at Presque Isle —will utilize the MCHP to strengthen existing partnerships and tie their work into Presque Isle’s downtown revitalization, upcoming sesquicentennial, and their existing oral history project. The city of Presque Isle is located in central Aroostook County.
Thomaston: The Thomaston team—a partnership between Thomaston Public Library, Thomaston Historical Society, Georges Valley High School, and The General Henry Knox Museum—is committed to forging strong community relationships that will give student and adult researchers access to local history resources, capture local stories, and generate local interest in town history. Thomaston is a town in mid-coast Maine on the St. George River.
For more information, please contact Stephanie Philbrick, Community Partnership Coordinator, Maine Historical Society, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 774-1822.