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Maine Historical Society Awarded $15,000 Grant From Maine Community Foundation

September 27, 2007

Portland, ME - Maine Historical Society (MHS) is pleased to announce it is the recipient of a $15,000 grant from the Maine Community Foundation (MCF).

MHS has received $15,000 from the PF Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to assist in improving the care of and public access to the privately held Pierce Family Collection. The collection will be cataloged and re–housed, then select items from the collections—approximately 200 pages of letters and other documents—will be digitized and made available to the public through MHS's online historical resource, the Maine Memory Network (MMN).

"The Pierce Family Collection is a remarkable historical resource and has great potential value to people in the Baldwin area and beyond," says MHS Historian Candace Kanes. "The project will focus on letters and other documents relating to education. These include letters between Pierce children and their parents when the children were away at school (Gorham Academy, Bridgton Academy, Bowdoin College). The material provides an opportunity to examine a family's commitment to the education of its children and the nature of nineteenth century education."

Maine Historical Society preserves the heritage and history of Maine: the stories of Maine people, the traditions of Maine communities, and the record of Maine's place in a changing world. Developed and managed by MHS, Maine Memory Network ( is an online museum and archive that houses digital copies of more than 13,000 historic items contributed by 180 organizations across the state.

A statewide organization with offices in Ellsworth and Portland, the Maine Community Foundation works in partnership with donors and community groups to strengthen Maine. For more information, visit MCF's website at , or call 1-877-700-6800.

For more information:

Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101

Maine Historical Society preserves and shares Maine's story to enrich life in contemporary Maine.