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History & Justice in the Classroom: An Online Workshop for Teachers

Supporting the ERA, Augusta, 1981

Supporting the ERA, Augusta, 1981

Recorded August 18, 2021 - Maine Historical Society and the Holocaust and Human Rights Center came together for a workshop on history and justice in the classroom. Maine Historical Society provided an in-depth look at the exhibit Begin Again; reckoning with intolerance in Maine with supporting educational and programming materials. The Holocaust and Human Rights Center presented the workshop "Finding Your Voice," a program shows students that young people have been involved in the fight for social justice for hundreds of years and asked students to think about and discuss what they were willing to speak up for and against. This workshop was designed for teachers of students in grades 6-12.

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Teaching Maine with Primary Sources: An Online Workshop for Teachers

Letter announcing Maine statehood, 1820

Letter announcing Maine statehood, 1820

Explore ways to teach the history of the land that is now called Maine and its peoples through various types of primary sources. Geared towards middle and high school teachers, this workshop includes presenters from Akomawt Educational Initiative, Maine Historical Society, and the Osher Map Library.

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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.

Maine Council for the Social Studies

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Maine Council for the Social Studies is a non-profit that promotes quality social studies education, including advocacy for curriculum, content, instructional method, and professional development. MCSS works to:

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.

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