Maine Historical Society has awarded 10 new Maine Memory Network grants to organizations and communities around the state to digitize items, create online exhibits, or participate in the Maine Community Heritage Project (MCHP). Here’s a run-down of the awards.
Baldwin Historical Society will create an exhibit about aspects of early 19th century daily life in the town.
Bridgton Historical Society plans to scan and upload 300 of its more than 2,700 1930s-era property tax assessment cards. Each card has data about the town structure on the front and back, and includes a photograph. The Historical Society will focus on downtown buildings.
Great Cranberry Island Historical Society will create an online exhibit about “Squire” William Pitt Preble and his wife, Abigail, an important family in the town in the mid-1800s. Preble took depositions from masters of ships wrecked nearby; Abigail was the first president of the Ladies Aid.
Portland’s Maine Irish Heritage Center received a grant to digitize photographs in its collection that create a visual portrait of life among the Irish immigrant population in Portland over time. Material in the collections dates to the 1870s.
Princeton Public Library will develop an online exhibit examining early industries in the town, especially lumbering.
Stetson Historical Society’s exhibit will tell the story of Katahdin and Granger, the “world’s largest oxen.” The oxen were raised around the turn of the 19th to the 20th century. They were displayed at fairs and expositions all over New England and New York.
Waterford Historical Society plans to add to its items currently on Maine Memory Network by digitizing 100 photos dating from the late 1800s to the early 1900s.
Finally, multi-town teams from Mount Desert Island and the Western Foothills Region of Maine have been awarded MCHP grants. The MCHP begins in July with a two-day orientation at MHS, and continues through June 2013. Teams build comprehensive local history websites with Maine Memory.
The Mount Desert team is comprised of the MDI Historical Society, Northeast Harbor Library, the Mount Desert Island Regional School System, and Friends of Island History, a multi-organization network.
The Western Foothills team, oversee by RSU #10, will involved multiple historical societies, libraries, and schools in the district, as well as faculty and research assistants from University of Maine, Farmington. Participating towns include: Buckfield, Byron, Canton, Carthage, Dixfield, Mexico, Peru, Rumford, and Sumner.