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MHS receives grant from Maine Community Foundation

January 5, 2012

For immediate release: January 5, 2012 Contact: Deborah Tillman Stone, Director of Development (207) 774-1822 x231

Maine Historical Society Receives $3,000 Grant for its "Local History, Local Schools" Program (Portland, ME) Maine Historical Society recently received a $3,000 grant in support of its "Local History, Local Schools" program from the Edward H. Daveis Benevolent Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. This unique school partnership program offers local third, fourth and fifth graders an extended opportunity to study and interact with themes explored in the Maine Historical Society museum exhibits located on Congress Street in Portland.

The museum's current exhibit is entitled “Dressing Up, Standing Out, Fitting In: Adornment & Identity in Maine, 1750-1950” and will be on view until May 27, 2012. It features never before displayed items including hats, jewelry, shoes, hair combs, walking sticks, and several complete costumes. The participating students learn about historical research, primary sources and the importance of history. "Local History, Local Schools" program includes four in-depth workshop interactions with museum educators and culminates with an exhibit opening of student projects at the MHS museum-- inspiring celebrations for friends and families.

"We are pleased to be receiving the generous support of the Maine Community Foundation for this program. After seven years, the program continues to grow, with more schools participating. We have teachers returning every year who see our program as filling an important curriculum need and the students enjoy learning history in such a hands-on way," explains Education Coordinator Bridget McCormick. Participation in the "Local History, Local Schools" program is much sought-after when resources and extra-curricular opportunities in schools are being greatly reduced. Approximately 900 students are currently participating this year from public schools in Portland, South Portland, and Scarborough.

The 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. Because an understanding of the past is vital to a healthy and progressive society, we collect, care for, and exhibit historical treasures; facilitate research into family, local, state, and national history; provide education programs that make history meaningful, accessible and enjoyable; and empower others to preserve and interpret the history of their communities and our state. For more information visit our website at or stop by at 489 Congress Street, Portland, Maine 04101.

A statewide organization with offices in Ellsworth and Portland, the Maine Community Foundation partners with donors and nonprofits to strengthen Maine communities. For more information, visit or call 1-877-700-6800.

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Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101

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