In addition to the Council’s grants program, which has specific guidelines for the humanities projects it can support, we offer the following links to resources which may be helpful.

Community Resources

One Book One Community

Communities from California to Maine have discovered the power and pleasure of reading and discussing a single book. This One Book One Community site is intended to offer inspiration and support to community organizations interested in organizing their own One Book programs.

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The Center for Civic Reflection site was created in a collaborative effort by the Project On Civic Reflection at Valparaiso University, and the Maine Humanities Council, through the Council’s Thoughtful Giving: Philanthropy As Civic Engagement initiative. The site is intended for people and organizations seeking to convene conversations around giving, serving, associating, and leading. At its heart is an electronic “Resource Library” of suggested texts.



Echoes of War

Echoes of War: A Literature and Medicine Anthology is edited by Suzanne Hunter Brown. Created as a reader for health care professionals working in Veterans Administration Medical Centers, nevertheless any group of health care professionals can benefit from the readings. For more information or to order a copy, please see this page. The Table of Contents (225 Kb PDF) is also available.

For more information about Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Healthcare®

A Somalia Album

A Somalia Album is a trilingual book about Somalia, with text by Catherine Besteman, professor of anthropology at Colby College, and photographs by Jorge Acero. Order your copy here.

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Imagine What It’s Like: A Literature and Medicine Anthology is edited by Ruth Nadelhaft and published by the University of Hawai’i Press. This anthology of Literature & Medicine readings offers a great diversity of voices, from many times and places, addressing a myriad of conditions, topics and issues. Order your copy here, or download a copy of the Table of Contents (225 Kb PDF).

For more information about Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Healthcare®

A Somali Alphabet

A Somali Alphabet was written in 2001 by Nadifo Ayanle, a participant in the African Women’s Literacy Project of Portland Adult Education. Since then, the book has been used across the country in literacy trainings, library story-times, and classrooms at all levels. It comes with a recording on CD of a native Somali speaker reading the book aloud in Somali and English. Order your copy here.


Maine Links

Literary Compass

A Literary Map of Maine: Maine is unique in its rich cultural literary heritage. Explore a sampling of books with Maine settings recommended by readers- fiction and nonfiction for adults and children.

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The Maine Public Broadcasting Network brings independent media to Maine and parts of New Hampshire and New Brunswick. MPBN provides radio, television, educational, and web services free of charge. In doing so, it encourages the open exchange of information, ideas, and cultural content.

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The Maine Arts Commission is a state agency that promotes the arts through grant-making and capacity-building. Its programs include arts accessibility, arts in education, public art, and traditional arts. The MAC co-sponsors the Arts and Humanities grant program with the Maine Humanities Council.


This website from the state provides links to Maine’s many colleges and universities. Here is a gateway to the seven public universities and ten regional outreach centers that comprise the University of Maine System. The equivalent gateway for Maine’s seven community colleges can be found here.

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There are over 1,000 libraries in the state of Maine. "Find a Maine Library" serves as a directory of locations, hours, and events, as well as a link to Maine’s Virtual Library, MARVEL! Other library resources include the Maine State Library, partner in the Lets Talk About It program, and the Maine State Archives.

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Maine Archives and Museums is a network of institutions and individuals dedicated to identifying, collecting, interpreting, and/or providing access to materials relating to history and culture. This online directory of museums is searchable by name, focus, region, or town.

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Founded in 1822, the Maine Historical Society is the third oldest state historical society in the United States. The MHSis located in Portland, but its education and outreach programs have a statewide reach. It is comprised of the Wadsworth–Longfellow House and Longfellow Garden, the Maine Historical Society Museum and Store, the MHS Research Library and the Maine Memory Network.

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Northeast Historic Film collects and preserves film and video materials related to northern New England. Exhibitions and screenings at the historic Alamo Theatre in Ellsworth, as well as statewide outreach, ensure public access to this valuable archive.

Maine Philanthropy Center

Founded in 1995, the Maine Philanthropy Center is an association of 87 Maine grantmakers: small and large private foundations, community foundations, public foundations, corporate giving programs, family foundations and philanthropic individuals. Member organizations can access the online Directory of Maine Grantmakers.

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Since 1977, the World Affairs Council of Maine has been a leader in public education around international affairs, foreign policy, and other world issues. The Council brings distinguished speakers to the state and collaborates each year on the Camden Conference.

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The Maine Association of Nonprofits is a membership organization offering professional skill development programs, affordable healthcare and benefits plans, discounts on related programs and services, and advocacy resources.

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The Cultural Affairs Council is an alliance that serves as a primary forum for interagency cooperation and planning for seven statewide cultural agencies. Since 1999, the CAC has administered the New Century Community Program of matching grants, which leverages private and federal funds to augment state dollars for cultural projects.


National Links

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The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. As one of the 56 humanities councils located in U.S. states and territories, the Maine Humanities Council receives a portion of its funding through the NEH.


The Center for the Book at the Library of Congress stimulates public interest in books and reading, promotes literacy and library use, and encourages the historical study of books, reading, and the printed word. Its 50 state affiliates include Maine’s own Harriet P. Henry Center for the Book. The Center sponsors programs, such as Letters About Literature, and events, including the annual National Book Festival.


The national network of state humanities councils provides support in the form of research, conferences, collaborative projects, and communication to member councils, legislators, and others on issues of public interest. The Federation of State Humanities Councils collaborates with the Smithsonian to bring traveling humanities exhibitions to rural America through the Museum on Main Street program.

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The National Endowment for the Arts is an agency of the federal government dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Several communities in Maine have taken part in the agency’s “Big Read” initiative, which is a variation on One Book, One Community.