September Grant Deadline for Maine Memory Network Projects
August 8, 2012
Maine Historical Society (MHS), in partnership with the Maine State Library (MSL), announces an upcoming grant deadline of September 4 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 (www.mainememory.net) 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) and the creation of online exhibits (up to $1,500). 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.
A wide variety of projects have been created through the Community Mobilization program to date, from all corners of the state. Exhibits have included “From French Canadians to Franco Americans;” “Navy Firefighting School, Little Chebeague Island;” a history of Farmington State Normal School (now UMF); Waterville in 1911; “The Trolley Parks of Maine;” a profile of Aroostook County founding father, Shepard Cary, and more. These and other examples can be accessed at www.mainememory.net/exhibits.
Grant applications must be postmarked by September 4. For details, including program guidelines and applications, please visit www.mainememory.net/grants.
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 35,000 historic items contributed by 260+ Maine organizations; hundreds of exhibits; Maine History Online, a broad introduction to Maine history; a Civil War section; 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 historians to help participants use participation in Maine Memory to build the capacity of their organizations and community. Workshop dates and registration information are available at www.mainememory.net/training.
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