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April 1st Grant Deadline for MMN Projects

January 24, 2012

Portland, ME – Maine Historical Society (MHS), in partnership with the Maine State Library (MSL), announces an upcoming grant deadline of April 1 in its Community Mobilization Program. The Program is designed to help local organizations—historical societies, libraries, and schools in particular—use participation in Maine Memory Network ( to develop skills, build capacity, and expand collaboration with local partners.

The grants and accompanying training empower communities to digitize and share their local history. Grants support digitization projects (up to $1,000), the creation of online exhibits (up to $1,500), and the creation of websites dedicated to the history of local communities (up to $4,000).

All grant-supported projects will be shared through and become part of Maine Memory, which provides a robust technical infrastructure, a platform for training and skills development, consistent standards, and broad public access.

Applications must be postmarked by April 1. There will also be a fall deadline of September 1 for digitization and online exhibit projects only. Two additional grant cycles will take place in 2013. For details, including grant program guidelines and applications, please visit

For more information about how your organization or community can use participation in Maine Memory to achieve its goals, please visit

Maine Memory Network is a nationally-recognized statewide digital museum created and maintained by Maine Historical Society. Launched in 2001, Maine Memory features more than 30,000 historic items—including photographs, letters, documents, artifacts, and more—contributed by 260+ organizations from every corner of Maine; hundreds of online exhibits that explore stories from Maine history; Maine History Online, a comprehensive introduction to Maine history; websites dedicated to the history of Maine towns created by community teams; a section devoted to the 1924 Portland Tax Records; lesson plans; and much more.

This project is supported by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum & Library Services. The grant also supports “21st Century Skills” professional development workshops for librarians, teachers, and representatives from historical organizations designed to help participants use local history, technology, and participation in Maine Memory to build the capacity of their organizations and community. A schedule of workshop dates and registration information is available at

According to Richard D’Abate, Executive Director of Maine Historical Society: “These grant opportunities ensure that any community in Maine who wants to share historical collections and stories online through Maine Memory can. Through the process, all participants—local historians, librarians, teachers, and students in particular—will develop technology skills, and learn to partner and share resources with organizations in their communities more effectively.”

For more information:

Maine Historical Society 489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101 207–774–1822

The Maine Historical Society promotes the understanding and enjoyment of Maine history.

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.