On July 18 and 19, the two newest Maine Community Heritage Project community teams met at MHS for a comprehensive orientation to the year ahead. The slideshow below features images from the kick-off dinner and all-day training that took place over the course of the event.
This year, the “communities” are actually regionally-based groups that cross traditional town boundaries. The Mount Desert Island team consists of partners from Northeast Harbor, the town of Mount Desert, and Bar Harbor. The RSU #10 team, known as the Western Foothills Region of Maine, is made up of a number of the towns and the one city in the supervisory union: Buckfield, Byron, Dixfield, Mexico, Peru, and Rumford.
The two-day affair began on Wednesday evening with tours at MHS. Participants chose from one of three tours to go on–the Longfellow House, the Brown Library, or the current museum exhibit, Wired! How Electricity Came to Maine. The tours were led by the education, library, and curatorial departments, respectively, mirroring the three components of MCHP–school, library, and historical organization.
A collegial reception and dinner followed the tours, during which MHS Executive Director Steve Bromage welcomed the group, and Community Partnership Coordinator Larissa Vigue Picard laid out the training day ahead.
The training itself, led by the entire Maine Memory Network team, consisted of segments on what makes for “good history,” scanning and cataloging for Maine Memory, and project planning. It concluded with a four-person panel of MCHP veterans who shared their experiences and advice.
The teams begin their 10-month project in earnest in August with their first official team meetings. Monthly meetings and work sessions take place through May, when the final product–a substantive local history website–will be unveiled on Maine Memory Network.
Many thank to RSU #10 team coordinator, Nick Waugh, for taking many of the photos that appear in this slideshow.