If you’ve been to the main MCHP page, you know that the program has reached two important milestones: the completion of the year one teams and the unveiling of their community websites, and the selection of the next “group of eight.” It’s an exciting time full of celebrations and new beginnings.
A big round of applause to the 2008-2009 teams in Bath, Farmington, Hampden, Islesboro, Lubec, New Portland, Presque Isle, and Thomaston, for their efforts over this past year. You are the pioneers! The time, energy, and creativity you invested in the program will now go on to serve not only your communities, but also the eight new communities in immeasurable ways.
And a hearty Congrats! to the newly minted 2009-2010 teams in Bangor, Biddeford, Blue Hill, Cumberland/North Yarmouth, Guilford, Hallowell, Lincoln, and Scarborough. You are about to set out on a remarkable journey of community collaboration, treasure hunting, and storytelling your local history for your neighbors and beyond.
I’m so pleased to be taking this journey with you, and especially thankful for the experience that the year one teams have shared with us as we seek to make the 2009-2010 project year the best it can be.
As the summer unfolds, check back regularly for new posts. The new teams have now received their introductory packets and are beginning to prepare for Orientation–July 30 and 31 here at MHS in Portland. Meanwhile, we on staff will be checking in periodically with team leaders, prepping all the myriad details for Orientation, and developing a master project manual (think well-stuffed 3-ring binder) to get you all off on the right foot (just as long as you don’t drop it ON your foot!)
In the meantime, do call/email with any questions. We’re here to serve!
Cheers ~ Larissa, Community Partnership Coordinator