Maine Historical Society



Online Resources and Lesson Plans

On this page:   Maine Memory Network  | Finding Katahdin online  | 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.

Finding Katahdin online resources

image of the textbook

Finding Katahdin (University of Maine Press, 2001)

Finding Katahdin Online is a comprehensive resource for teaching Maine Studies that includes primary sources, lesson plans, and other activities. This resource is made possible through a partnership between the Maine Historical Society and the University of Maine Press.

Finding Katahdin Online complements Finding Katahdin: An Exploration of Maine's Past, a comprehensive Maine Studies text book developed and published by the University of Maine Press for Grade 7-12 teachers and students. While designed to complement the text book, Finding Katahdin Online includes much material that will be useful to teachers who don't have access to the book.

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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 School and Interpretive Programs with your questions and inquiries at 207-774-1822 ext. 214, email