Stipend supported Teacher Workshops coming in August!

LOCTPSlogoMaine Historical Society recently received a Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources grant to create robust lesson plans pairing historical items on Maine Memory Network with related items from the Library of Congress’s American Memory. Curriculum is being created on three pilot topics (immigration, World War I, and Maine statehood) and two teacher workshops will be held in August (one in Portland on August 4, one in Bangor on August 6) to share the plans and provide hands on sessions using the databases.

Stipends of $50 are available to attend the workshop. Teachers are encouraged to share what they learn back in their district with members of their teaching teams and other colleagues. Five teachers who attend the workshops will be invited to serve as case studies during the 2015-2016 academic year for an additional, larger stipend. Case studies involve having 4-6 classroom visits by MHS education staff throughout the year.

If would you like to learn more about the workshops and get a registration form, please email Kathleen Neumann, Manager of School Programs, at If you know a teacher who might be interested, please pass this along.


Local History Local Schools: Small School

On Thursday, March 5, Small School from South Portland visited our campus to celebrate the completion of their Local History Local Schools study. Fourth grade students from Mr. Stoner’s and Ms. Cloutier’s classes gave presentations and shared their work with fellow classmates, parents, and MHS staff. Their projects will continue to be on display in the Student Gallery, we invite you to come check them out!

Enjoy this slideshow of images from the event:

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Back to School!

Chemistry class, Fryeburg Academy, ca. 1906 (MMN #17500)
Chemistry class, Fryeburg Academy, ca. 1906 (MMN #17500)
Yes, it’s that time already–back to school. Since the first compulsory education law was passed in Maine in 1887, round about Labor Day has meant leaving behind the sun and fun of summer and returning to academic pursuits.

This online exhibit focuses on early 20th century public education in Maine with photographs of schoolhouses, classrooms, and extracurricular activities from around the state.