Maine’s Bicentennial

Written by Maine Humanities | Published on April 5, 2019

We see Maine’s Bicentennial year – 2020 – as an opportunity to take stock, to ask ourselves, after 200 years of statehood, who are we? where are we? how did we get here? and where might we be going? We plan to take four broad, interrelated themes as points of entry to our exploration of… Read more

Book Groups

Written by Maine Humanities | Published on February 11, 2019

Hospitals Libraries Schools Domestic Violence Prevention centers Correctional facilities Homecare and hospice providers Adult education centers Drop-in centers The people who gather for our book groups are members of staff, community partners, volunteers, clients, supporters, students; they are veterans, or caregivers, or people living in incarceration; they are interested in reading and talking together. Each… Read more

Consider This

Written by Maine Humanities | Published on November 28, 2018

It’s through storytelling that we can better understand collective struggles and resilience. Consider This inspires people to share their stories and engage community members in civic dialogue, inspiring us to think, feel, remember, imagine, and relate to the lives of fellow Mainers. Working with community leaders, we build a team of panelists who will illuminate specific themes… Read more

Library Programs

Written by Maine Humanities | Published on May 13, 2015

The Maine Humanities Council relies on libraries as community hubs, as the place everyone goes to learn, to discuss, to be together. Our library programs are easy to manage, offer high-quality content that will spark critical conversations, and provide you with a simple way to deepen your community relationships. Read more


Published on October 3, 2014

Our grants assist Maine’s nonprofit organizations in developing community projects that incorporate one or more humanities disciplines. We are particularly interested in supporting projects that: Stimulate meaningful community dialogue, Attract diverse public audiences, Are participatory and engaging, Invite discovery of the humanities in interesting and exciting ways, Incorporate the guidance of humanities professionals, Are free, and… Read more

Veterans Book Group

Published on September 8, 2014

Talking about ideas that touch us is really difficult— and vitally important. Our ideas develop when we are called upon to share them, to bounce them around, and to encounter new ones, and that’s what happens when people with shared experiences meet to talk to each other, to listen to each other, to ponder and… Read more

The Big Question

Published on September 8, 2014

On the third Saturday in October, people gather to wrestle with a large philosophical question together. In a setting suited to the year’s task, with expert guides on hand, people get to spend longer than usual thinking, listening, moving, talking, sharing a meal – feeling their way through one big, relevant question from lots of… Read more

Students and Schools

Published on September 5, 2014

  Civil Rights Team Project MHC is proud to collaborate with the Civil Rights Team Project (CRTP), a program based in the Attorney General of Maine’s office. The only program of its kind nationwide, the CRTP’s mission is to increase the safety of elementary, middle level, and high school students by reducing bias-motivated behaviors and harassment in our schools. Letters… Read more

Letters About Literature

Published on August 4, 2014

Letters About Literature is an annual, national reading and writing program offered by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. To enter, students in grades 4-12 write a letter to the author (living or dead) of their favorite book, poem, or short story, explaining how that author’s work changed their way of thinking… Read more

New Books, New Readers

Published on August 3, 2014

New Books, New Readers uses books at various, accessible reading levels to open the world of books and ideas. Series are comprised of 9 books that explore a relevant and complex theme, such as “Carrying the Past,” “Real Life,” “Community,” or “Caught Between Cultures.” There are 25 series with a new one developed each year. Participants… Read more

Winter Weekend

Published on August 3, 2014

In the winter of 2020 we’ll be exploring Toni Morrison’s Beloved. Stay tuned for early registration, sponsorship, and scholarship opportunities! Winter Weekend is an evening and a day of stimulating conversations around a book. Scholars present their expertise, delving into history, literature, politics, and more. They build bridges between themes, times, places, and people. Winter Weekend is an… Read more

Constance H. Carlson Prize

Written by Maine Humanities | Published on January 8, 2014

Join us for a luncheon honoring Maine author Monica Wood with the 2019 Constance H. Carlson Public Humanities Prize. Monica will receive this award for her commitment to Maine communities, her support of Maine libraries, and all that she does to support and nourish the literary and cultural life of the State. Read more