Maine Historical Society



Past Exhibits

ZOOM IN: New Approaches to Maine History

June 25, 2010 – May 29, 2011

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The exhibit celebrated the launch of Maine History Online, a major new interpretive section of the Maine Memory Network (, and explored the rich ways that digital technologies complement and enhance the use of physical objects—and vice versa—in the telling of Maine history.

Zoom In! included physical or digital material from more than 40 historical organizations in Maine, ranging from the Lubec, Freeport, and Island Falls historical societies; to the Maine State Library, Bangor Public Library, and McArthur Library (Biddeford); to the Muskie Archives at Bates College and Northeast Historic Film (Bucksport).

Stories explored in the exhibit included: the widely popular Franco American snowshoe clubs formed by Louis-Philippe Gagné when he moved to Lewiston from Québec in 1922; Biddeford’s industrial transformation in the 19th century; peace movements in Maine; life at the Western Maine Sanatorium; and the experience of Maine prisoners of war (and German and Spanish POWs held here); among others.

In development for three years with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Maine History Online ( provides a comprehensive introduction to key themes, topics, and events in Maine history through illustrated essays written by scholars, nearly one hundred new online exhibits, and close study of thousands of primary documents.

Created by the Maine Historical Society and launched in 2001, the Maine Memory Network ( is a statewide digital museum that includes digital contributions from more than 200 historical organizations, museums, and libraries across the state.

Fairpoint Communications, Elsie A. Brown Fund, Spectrum Medical Group, and Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram generously provided funding for the exhibition.

Exhibition Poster