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ADD YOUR STORY to MY MAINE STORIES: A Special Initiative of Maine Historical Society

April 28, 2020

Red Cross staff, Portland Maine, 1926. Collections Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media, MaineMemory#18344

Red Cross staff, Portland Maine, 1926. Collections Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media, MaineMemory#18344

Portland, Maine: Do you have a story to tell about Maine? Have you recently uncovered photographs of an ancestor? Would you like to tell future generations about what it is like living during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?

At the heart of Maine Historical Society’s work is the belief that the experience of every person with a Maine connection matters. Our stories link us to Maine, to each other, and make Maine “Maine!”

During this unprecedented time, Maine Historical Society (MHS) seeks stories about how you, your family, and community are experiencing the Coronavirus pandemic. We also seek stories about the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, polio epidemic, AIDS crisis, or other instances when your community responded to challenge.

Maine Historical Society curator Tilly Laskey explains how people can submit their stories through Maine Memory Network, which features historical items, online exhibits, and much more contributed by 270 institutional partners around Maine.

“Individuals can now contribute stories with the easy to use and flexible My Maine Stories tool on Maine Memory Network, Maine's digital museum managed by MHS. People can add stories using text, photos and text, video, or audio. Once a person submits a story, it travels over the internet directly to me. I catalog it and get it ready to go online, where it joins tens of thousands of items on Maine Memory Network.”

The pandemic has created space where some families are filling time together with stories and memories. Your stories—historic or contemporary— will be permanently preserved, widely accessible, and help document this profound moment in Maine history. It will help create a sense of connection and community and become a valuable resource and source of perspective about Mainers 10, 50 or 100 years from now.

Laskey adds, “These stories show how welcoming individual contributions on Maine Memory Network has democratized the process of history, widening ideas of authority, diversifying content, and providing a contemporary perspective on Maine history.”

Add YOUR story to My Maine Stories here:

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.