We are pleased to unveil the 11 new Community Mobilization Grants that have been awarded for the fall. These grantees bring wonderful diversity to the program, in terms of both geography and project focus. Project coordinators for each, along with other core team members, will attend a one-day training at the Bangor Public Library on October 5, then hit the ground running on their projects. We can’t wait to see the finished products!
Camden Public Library ($750), to digitize the entire Edna St. Vincent Millay Collection. The collection was started by a former assistant librarian at the library, Corinne Sawyer, who was a high school classmate, and good friend, of Millay. It has been added to substantially over time and includes photographs, memorabilia, and letters.
Hartford-Sumner Elementary School ($600), in collaboration with Buckfield Historical Society, to digitize items in the Society’s collections related to Zadoc Long and his son, John Davis Long. The Long family was important to the development of Buckfield; the local library is named for the elder Long. John Long served as Governor of Massachusetts from 1897-1902 and was Secretary of the Navy from 1880-1883 in the McKinley Administration. Fifth and sixth grade Gifted and Talented students will scan, catalog, and upload the items, including photographs, artifacts, postcards, a journal written by Zadoc Long, and other memorabilia.
Robert A. Frost Memorial Library ($730), to digitize its local history collection, especially photographs and slides. Particular attention will be paid to a collection of materials on the Nichols Barn, an area-wide tourist attraction in the early 1900s, and Loring Air Force Base, in operation from the mid-1950s to 1994. Before its closure, Loring was the closest Air Force base to Europe on the east coast.
ONLINE EXHIBIT GRANTS
Franco-American Collection, University of Southern Maine ($740), to create an online exhibit about the experience of Franco-American children throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Items digitized will include photographs, schoolwork, and artifacts. Oral histories with Franco adults recalling aspects of their childhood, as well as Franco children today, may be part of the project.
Kennebec Valley Community College ($1,250), in collaboration with Coastal Enterprises, to digitize the college’s substantial archives, and to create several online exhibits about the history of the college. The first exhibit will be a story about KVCC’s first independent campus (1978-1986), the Gilman Street School, which was recently redeveloped into low-income housing.
Maine Folklife Center, University of Maine ($1,250), to create an online exhibit based on oral histories, documents, and photographs relating to Eastern Corporation of Brewer (1890-2004). The exhibit will chart the history of the company, which eventually employed up to 1,500 people, in the context of industrialization and de-industrialization of the United States. In 2008, Maine construction giant Cianbro opened its newest plant on the site, revitalizing the former paper mill facility.
Mantor Library, University of Maine at Farmington ($1,250), to create an online exhibit about Farmington State Normal School, the predecessor of UMF. The exhibit will focus on the first half of the 20th century, highlighting the “cottage baby” program that was part of the Home Economics curricula. Project activities will be undertaken by “History of UMF” students course under the guidance of history faculty.
Sebago Historical Society ($1,238), in collaboration with Spaulding Memorial Library, to create an online exhibit about Sebago during the Civil War—both the soldiers from Sebago who went to war, and the families on the homefront. Letters, stories, and memorabilia will provide the foundation for the exhibit, which will be unveiled during the town’s 2012 Memorial Day events.
Ski Museum of Maine ($1,250), in collaboration with Sugarloaf Mountain Ski Club, to create an online exhibit about the World Cup Alpine Ski Races held at Sugarloaf in 1971. The event, held in conjunction with the Maine Office of Tourism, was broadcast by ABC’s Wide World of Sports and put Sugarloaf on the world stage. Material digitized for the exhibit will include photographs and documents.
Topsham Historical Society ($1,242), in collaboration with the Town of Topsham’s History Committee and Topsham Public Library, to create an online exhibit about the town’s extensive collection of historic firefighting equipment, artifacts, and documents related to 19th century fire muster competitions. A highlight of the exhibit will be the 1850 hand-pumper, “Androscoggin,” recognized as a champion pumper in the 19th century.
Waterville Public Library ($784) to create an online exhibit about life in the city 100 years ago, focusing on business and economic development. The Library will also digitize items in its collection related to other topics including religion, education, music, transportation, and politics.