Maine Historical Society



Online Resources and Lesson Plans

On this page:   Maine Memory Network  | Bicentennial Education  | Longfellow online

Maine Memory Network

Maine Memory Network homepage

Maine Memory Network is a free statewide digital museum developed by the Maine Historical Society to provide unprecedented access to primary source materials held by historical societies, museums, and libraries throughout Maine.

There are currently more than 45,000 items in the Network's constantly growing online database contributed by over 270 organizations around Maine. These include digital versions of letters, journals, and government records (all fully transcribed); photographs, paintings, maps, and other visual items; and clothing, tools, archaeological artifacts, and other objects. Maine Memory also hosts over 185 online exhibits and a timeline of selected events in Maine history.


We offer free classroom training for students and teachers. You can use the Maine Memory Network to:

An Introduction to Community History

Available year round, Free of charge

A Maine Historical Society educator travels to your school to introduce teachers and/or students to the Maine Memory Network, our statewide digital museum. Sessions include a hands-on demonstration of the website and discussion of opportunities for your students to explore the history of your community.

These sessions last about 45 minutes and should be held in a computer lab or classroom with Internet access. We are flexible and can schedule demonstrations during class periods, department meetings, in–service days or after school.

Download Maine Memory Network program descriptions (PDF) Complete with Maine Learning Results and Common Core State Standards alignments.

Bicentennial online resources

Moses Greenleaf's Map of the inhabited part of the state of Maine, 1829

Moses Greenleaf's Map of the inhabited part of the state of Maine, 1829

Maine is commemorating the 200th year of Maine statehood, following the district’s separation from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Maine Historical Society was founded in 1822, only two years after the District of Maine was admitted as the 23rd state under the Missouri Compromise, and is dedicated to telling Maine stories and preserving Maine history.

Maine Historical Society educators, and teachers from throughout Maine, have designed new lesson plans for grades K-12 and postsecondary classrooms as part of our Bicentennial Education Initiative. These lesson plans provide teachers and students with diverse subject matters for each Social Studies strand, and promote critical thinking as students interact with primary documents, oral histories, and the treaties, choices, industries, and influential people who populate Maine's storied past. New lesson plans and resources will continue to be added on a regular basis.

Our newly-launched Virtual Learning Hub contains video lessons and activities, all 10 minutes or shorter, ideal for distance learning or independent student learning.

Both our Bicentennial exhibit, State of Mind: Becoming Maine, and its preceding companion exhibit, Holding Up the Sky: Wabanaki People, Culture, History & Art, are available online. Student response sheets to these online exhibits and others are available in our Virtual Learning Hub.

Longfellow Online

Longfellow Website homepage

Students, teachers and researchers can find more information about Henry Wadsworth Longfellow at The site, which is intended to be a comprehensive collection of Longfellow–related information, grew out of "The Longfellow Institute," a program for teachers made possible through a partnership with the Maine Humanities Council with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and led by scholar Charles Calhoun, author of the published biography, Longfellow: A Rediscovered Life (Beacon Press, 2004).

Longfellow & the Forging of American Identity

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ca. 1878

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

Lesson Plans for All Grades
Thirty teachers from Maine and Massachusetts undertook an intensive two year study of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's life and poetry through a program created by the Maine Humanities Council with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The program–Longfellow and the Forging of American Identity–was designed to bring the life and work of Maine's Henry Wadsworth Longfellow back into the curriculum–in English, Social Studies, American Studies, Art, Music, and other subjects. See their work!

See and use the resources they created!


Don't see what you're looking for? Do you have an idea or special request for a program? Contact the Manager of Education and Public Programs with your questions and inquiries at 207-774-1822 ext. 214, email