Maine Historical Society



Professional Development and State Initiatives

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Teacher Workshop on the Wabanaki in Maine
presented by the Upstander Project and featuring the film Dawnland

Thursday, June 27, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

For most of the 20th century, government agents systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. Now, for the first time, they are telling their stories. Dawnland is a documentary film about cultural survival and stolen children: inside the first truth and reconciliation commission for Native Americans in U.S. history.

This workshop for middle and high school teachers will explore contemporary and historical issues of importance to the Wabanaki people and non-Native Mainers. The workshop includes a screening of Dawnland, as well as a visit to Maine Historical Society’s exhibit Holding Up the Sky. Participants will receive a discount on the purchase of the film, learn to use the film’s companion online learning resources, and receive orientation in primary and secondary source analysis, gaining valuable insights into interactive teaching and discussion techniques that can be applied in the classroom.

Presenters include Dr. Mishy Lesser, Upstander Project's Learning Director and author of the Dawnland Teacher's Guide and Adam Mazo, Director of the Upstander Project and Co-director and Producer of Dawnland.

This free workshop will be held at Maine Historical Society on Thursday, June 27, 9am-3pm. Advanced registration is required. For more information email Kathleen Neumann.

An Introduction to Community History for Teachers

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Available year round
Free of charge


A Maine Historical Society educator travels to your school to introduce teachers to the Maine Memory Network, our statewide digital museum. Sessions include a hands–on demonstration of the website and discussion of opportunities for teachers and their 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, and before or after school.


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Maine Historical Society is now on Edmodo, the social media learning platform for teachers, students, and parents. Connecting with us on Edmodo is a great way to stay up to date on MHS events, programs, and news that is especially relevant to teachers; new information is posted every week! It also a great place to connect and network with other teachers in Maine and to share your opinion and ideas with MHS as an education professional. To connect with MHS on Edmodo, visit the Maine Historical Society Education Community at

Maine National History Day

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National History Day promotes the teaching and learning of history to middle and high school students in Maine and throughout the United States. The competition encourages students to engage in historical research using primary and secondary source historical material and seeks to foster an interest in studying the past in young people. Each year, under the guidance of their teachers, students present their research in the form of papers, exhibits, performances, web sites and documentaries in competitions at the state and national levels. The project plays an important role in helping students develop skills in reading and research, oral and written presentation skills, self-confidence, and a sense of involvement in and responsibility for civic engagement.

Maine Historical Society is a supporting organization of Maine National History Day and a member of the statewide consortium that organizes and runs the competition, along with Maine Humanities Council and the University of Maine.

Registration for National History Day in Maine 2019 is now open! This year Maine NHD will host multiple events: two regional contests and a state contest. It is important to note that contestants must have competed in one regional contest for an opportunity to participate in the state contest. The dates are as follows:

Student, Teacher, and Judge registration are currently open at the links listed above. The registration window will close three weeks prior to the contest day.

More Information

Don't see what you're looking for? Do you have an idea or special request for a program? Need more information? Contact Kathleen Neumann, Manager of School and Interpretive Programs with your questions and inquiries at 207-774-1822 ext. 214, email