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Storytelling workshop comes to Rangeley

Originally published on August 16, 2017 in the Daily Bulldog “…events are part of Western Maine Storytelling’s ‘A Community Celebration of Stories!’ – a series of workshops and informal storytelling gatherings in four area towns—Livermore Falls, Wilton, Rangeley, and Farmington. All is made possible by grants from the Maine Humanities Council and United Way of… Read more

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Panel discussion on women’s rights in Maine

Originally published on August 10, 2017 on Seacoast Online “The presentation will include a discussion of Maine women’s rights history and a panel discussion on women’s ongoing equality battle in the state, with three women of varying ages and experiences…the Third Thursday Talks are generously supported by the Maine Humanities Council.” Full article Read more

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Sculptors Arrive for Maine Coast Stone Symposium

Originally published in The Lincoln County News on August 2, 2017 “At the heart of the Maine Coast Stone Symposium is a 10-day sculpture symposium. The participating artists will be arriving soon and are scheduled to begin work at Boothbay Railway Village on Friday, Aug. 11 and continue daily through Monday, Aug. 21…The Maine Coast… Read more

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Celebrating Maine’s stone foundation

Originally published in the Boothbay Register on July 25, 2017 By Margaret Hoffman, Staff Writer “The Maine Coast Stone Symposium is funded in part by an Arts & Humanities Grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Maine Humanities Council” Full article Read more

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Author to visit library as part of ReadME

Originally published in South Portland-Cape Elizabeth Sentry on July 14, 2017 “Debra Spark, author of “Unknown Caller,” will visit South Portland Public Library’s main location for a book talk on Thursday, July 20 at 6:30 p.m….ReadME is made possible through the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine State Library.” Full article   Read more

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UMF Awarded Grant

Originally published in Mainebiz on July 11, 2017 “Starting in fall 2017, UMF will work with the Maine Humanities Council, schools, libraries and other groups to solicit video entries about works of literature, philosophy, history, music, art, film, theatre and other arts and humanities disciplines.” Full article Read more

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Maine Humanities Council Selects Book for 2017 Route One Reads Initiative

  May 19, 2017—Portland—For the third consecutive year, the Maine Humanities Council will participate in the Route One Reads initiative, a program under the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. In 2017, the theme of the initiative will be memoirs and biographies, and the selected book to represent Maine is Here If… Read more

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Maine Humanities Council Receives $220,000 Grant from NEH

  For More Information: Hayden Anderson, Maine Humanities Council, 207-773-5051 April 3, 2017 PORTLAND, Maine – The Maine Humanities Council has been awarded a grant of $220,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support programming that will create opportunities for Mainers to discuss matters of critical civic importance. Literature & Public Life is… Read more

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Students create ‘We are Westbrook’ with street artist

Originally published on Keep Me Current on March 16, 2017. By Kate Gardner “The project was set up by the Maine Humanities Council, which awarded grants to eight schools so Pigeon could work with them.” Full article Read more

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What is a Criminal?

Originally published in the Portland Phoenix on March 5, 2017. By Tom Gillis “Titled “What Is a Criminal?”, the event was the first in a four-part series of panel discussions called “Policing, Protection, Community, and Trust in the 21st Century,” sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council and moderated by Samaa Abdurraqib of the Maine Coalition… Read more

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Don’t Let Anyone Tell You the Humanities Aren’t Worth the Cost

This Maine Voices op-ed by MHC Executive Director Hayden Anderson appeared in the Portland Press Herald on March 4, 2017.   The National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities are again under fire in Washington, reportedly targeted for elimination in the Trump administration’s upcoming budget proposal. Let’s be clear: this move… Read more

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Maine poet to be honored for giving voice to refugees, disabled and homeless

Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on February 15, 2017 By Beth Brogan, Staff Writer “In March, the Maine Humanities Council will honor Lawless, 65, for decades contributing to public humanities — bringing poetry and voice to refugee communities, veterans and developmentally disabled adults, among others — and bestow on him the 2017 Constance… Read more

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Our view: In refugee crisis, turning away is not an option

Originally on February 5, 2017 in the Portland Press Herald “The Camden Conference, an annual gathering of foreign policy experts and concerned citizens, will celebrate its 30th anniversary from Feb. 17-19,with a topic that could not be more relevant: ‘Refugees and Global Migration: Humanity’s Crisis.’” Full article Read more

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Maine arts groups prepare to fight Trump in case of budget cuts

Originally posted on January 29, 2017 in the Portland Press Herald By Bob Keyes, Staff Writer “The Maine Humanities Council receives about 73 percent of its annual $1.2 million budget from the National Endowment for the Humanities.” Full article Read more

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Bookseller, poet and progressive, Gary Lawless helps others find their voices

Originally posted on January 22, 2017 in the Portland Press Herald. By Bob Keyes, Staff Writer “In March, the Maine Humanities Council awards Lawless its Constance H. Carlson Public Humanities Prize, which recognizes people and organizations who make a difference in the lives of others through the humanities.” Full article Read more

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Pejepscot exhibit reminds us of our ‘rights’

Originally published on January 6, 2016 in the Times Record. By Ben Goodridge, Staff Writer “This exhibit came to our attention through the Maine Humanities Council, which was working in partnership with the National Archive to make these kiosks available to libraries, historical societies and other nonprofits around the state.” Full article Read more

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Winslow Public Library to show off new display of historical artifacts

Originally published on December 21, 2017 in the Morning Sentinel. By Madeline St. Amour, Staff Writer “The grant, offered by the Maine Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit that provides humanities programs and grants to Maine communities, helped the library buy two archival-quality exhibit cases it can use to display the rich history of the Kennebec Valley… Read more

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Maine State Music Theatre to Present Children’s Interactive Programs

Originally published on November 28, 2016 on Broadway World. “Maine State Music Theatre will present “Magic Time: A Program of Story and Song” – combining classic fairytale literature with contemporary musical adaptations – on Friday, February 24, 2017, at 10 AM and 3 PM at the Morrell Reading Room at Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick.”… Read more

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In Longfellow’s Footsteps, Photographer Updates “Evangeline”

Originally published on November 17, 2016 on mainetoday.com  Written by Bob Keyes “The PhoPa exhibition consists of 16 24-by-30-inch and two 32-by-40-inch color prints. He completed the project with grants from the Maine Humanities Council…” Full article Read more

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Special conversation aims to unify people following divided election

Originally aired November 16, 2016 on Fox ABC Maine. “A big turnout for a special discussion Tuesday night, aiming to not only understand the path of our county, but to unify the citizens following a divided election.” Watch full coverage Read more

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USM Provost Dr. Uzzi featured in summer 2016 Maine Humanities Council newsletter

Originally published on September 19, 2016 by the University of Southern Maine “USM Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Jeannine Uzzi wrote a feature article for the summer 2016 issue of the Maine Humanities Council newsletter entitled, ‘How I Learned to Read the Odyssey.’” Full article Read more

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Exhibit Explores the 14th Amendment

Originally published on centralmaine.com on September 15, 2016 “The exhibition, opening reception, and other associated programs are free and open to the public which is supported by the Maine Humanities Council through their broad and sure foundation program.” Full article Read more

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USM ready to get students started in Maine’s food scene

Originally published in the Portland Press Herald on September 14, 2016 “Two visiting scholars will jump-start the food studies program next spring. Ardis Cameron, who taught American and New England Studies at USM before the program was eliminated in budget cuts, will collaborate with the Maine Humanities Council on a lecture series bringing nationally known… Read more

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‘The Zany, Majestic Bard’ to be presented at Bailey Public Library

Originally published on centralmaine.com on September 8, 2016 “The event is part of the ongoing Lakes Region Forum held at the Bailey Library and sponsored by the Winthrop Public Library Foundation through a grant from the Maine Humanities Council and Maine State Library.” Full article Read more

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New generation of teens doesn’t remember 9/11

Originally published on September 11, 2016 in the Portland Press Herald By Edward D. Murphy, Staff Writer “Anne Schlitt, assistant director of the Maine Humanities Council, said it’s important for people to recognize that 9/11 isn’t really a static event, that the perception of it and its relevance to today has shifted and will continue… Read more

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Voices of the Kennebec to begin Sept. 13

Originally published on centralmaine.com on September 9, 2016 “This program is funded in part by the Maine Humanities Council as part of the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative, a joint venture of the Pulitzer Prizes Board and the Federation of State Humanities Councils, in celebration of the 2016 Centennial of the Prizes.” Full article  Read more

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Abbe Museum launches database

Originally published on August 30, 2016 in the Mount Desert Islander “The Abbe Museum has begun making its non-archaeological items available online with the goal of uploading all such items to its searchable database over the course of the next 12 months…this project is funded by grants from the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine… Read more

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‘Afro/Solo/Man’ to premiere at Denmark Arts Center

Originally published on August 23, 2016 in the Sun Journal “With the support of the Maine Humanities Council and Maine Arts Commission, Orlando and Ricarrdo began creating “Afro/Solo/Man,” a multimedia performance piece exploring African-American ancestry and connection to the natural environment.” Full article Read more

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Foreign policy speakers series beginning at Lovell library

Originally published on August 18, 2016 in the Lewiston Sun Journal “The World in Your Library, a foreign policy speakers series, will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library. The library is partnering with the Maine Humanities Council, the Margaret Chase Smith Foundation and the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations.” Full… Read more

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Stories of Downeast Women Working for Equality and Enrichment of their Communities

Originally published on July 14, 2016 in the Bangor Daily News “In 1868, Congress passed the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution guaranteeing equality for all before the law. One central issue since that time has been the enfranchisement of women and their full participation and representation in politics—all the way to the highest office in… Read more

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Portland discussion to view equality via law, art

Originally published in the Forecaster on July 25, 2016 By Colin Ellis, Staff Writer “Maine Humanities Council, the state’s affiliate for the National Endowment for the Humanities, will facilitate a conversation to explore civil rights through both art and law at the Portland Museum of Art. Hayden Anderson, executive director of the MHC, said the… Read more

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Transformer Tales: Stories of the Dawnland

Originally published on Broadway World on July 26, 2016 Transformer Tales: Stories of the Dawnland is funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and with support from: City of Bangor, C. Walder Parke Family Foundation, EMHS Foundation, amd Maine Humanities Council. Full article Read more

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New visitor center opens to visit reconstruction of historic ship Virginia

Originally aired on WCSH6 NBC on July 9, 2016 “Thanks to a grant from the Maine Humanities Council, the visitor center got a facelift and will now be open to educate people on a replica of the first ship ever built in North America by English colonists.” View news footage Read more

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How Maine did — and then didn’t — play a role in the 14th Amendment

Originally published on June 19, 2016 in the Bangor Daily News. by Patrick Rael “Patrick Rael is professor of history at Bowdoin College and a project scholar for the Maine Humanities Council. Throughout 2016, the Maine Humanities Council will offer ways for Mainers to talk with one another about equality and inclusiveness, in commemoration of… Read more

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Major grant brings Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author to Maine

  Originally published in the May 2016 Maine Archives and Museums newsletter   The Association of Maine Archives  & Museums (MAM) is pleased to announce it is the recipient of a major grant from the Maine Humanities Council and the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative. The award will fund MAM’s 2016 Professional Development Series titled… Read more

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Noble High announces top 10 students

Originally posted on Foster’s Daily Democrat on June 2, 2016 “Victoria Simons, graduating summa cum laude and ranking fifth, is the daughter of Michael and Amy Barker of North Berwick, Maine. Victoria was a student ambassador for the Maine Humanities Council…” Full article   Read more

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“White Privilege” and other Civil Rights conversations with Middle School Students

Originally aired on WFVX Fox Bangor on May 23, 2016 “On Monday, five hundred students from more than forty schools met in Augusta to open up about civil rights in our schools.” View the news footage Read more

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Students Discuss Civil Rights Issues at State Conference in Augusta

Originally aired on WABI on May 23, 2016 “Middle school and high school students from across the state met in Augusta today to discuss civil rights. The Civil Rights Team Project State Conference brings students together to discuss issues they see in their own schools.” View the news footage Read more

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Maine Civil Rights Team Project sparks conversation

Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on May 23, 2016 By Beth Brogan, Staff Writer “Asked to identify forms of privilege on Monday morning, middle school students from around the state started with what they see the most…” Full article Read more

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Three Local Students Selected for Maine Humanities Council Ambassador Program

Originally published in the Rangeley Highlander on May 20, 2016 “The Maine Humanities Council (MHC) Ambassador Program chose its 2016/2017 Maine ambassador(s) out of hundreds of submissions they received and interviewed across the entire state, and they are three of Rangeley High School’s sophomores…” View a PDF of the full article Read more

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Maine Voices: A Captain America for Civil Rights

Originally published in the Portland Press Herald on May 29, 2016 By Vishavjit Singh I flew from New York City to the Portland airport last Sunday for my first-ever trip to Maine. The first curious eyes I encountered upon arriving were not on my turbaned and bearded countenance, but on my checked piece of luggage,… Read more

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Students have frank talks about race and identity at civil rights conference in Augusta

Originally published in the Kennebec Journal on May 23, 2016 By Charles Eichacker, Staff Writer “The Office of the Maine Attorney General hosted Monday’s conference with support from the Maine Humanities Council.” Full article Read more

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The 14th Amendment on MPBN Maine Calling

Originally aired on May 17, 2016 Join guests Kenneth W. Mack, Lawrence D. Biele Professor of Law and Affiliate Professor of History at Harvard University, and Patrick Rael, Professor of History at Bowdoin College, as they discuss the historical and contemporary significance of the 14th Amendment on MPBN Maine Calling. Passed 150 years ago, the 14th Amendment ensures… Read more

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The Moving Wall at Knox Museum

Originally published on May 16, 2016 in the Penobscot Bay Pilot “Monday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., is Knox Museum’s special 2016 exhibition, funded by the Maine Humanities Council, and featuring U.S. Army Capt. Beth Parks’ photographs from her deployment serving as a nurse in Vietnam, entitled Blood, Dust, & Mud. Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran and Knox… Read more

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The conversation about equality in Maine is just getting started

Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on May 15, 2016 By Hayden Anderson “Equality is a bedrock American value, yet somehow it feels like we’re not very good at it. From the founding to the present day, we have always talked pretty well about equality while falling well short of the ideal. It’s worth… Read more

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Literary Nights

Originally published in Portland Magazine in May, 2016 By Karen Hofreiter “Intellectual curiosities (and a few libations) will have a salubrious effect on your brain at Think & Drink Portland’s cerebral happy hour” Full article Read more

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The language of Shakespeare topic of Pittsfield event

  Originally published on centralmaine.com on May 3, 2016 “‘The Zany, Majestic Bard: Celebrating the Inventive Language of Shakespeare’ will be presented at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at the Pittsfield Community Theatre. The educational one-hour performance-lecture is for audiences of all ages. The program will include history, a brief guide on how to read and… Read more

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Maine Mystery Writers the Focus of State Library Summer Book Group Series

  Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on May 2, 2016 By Adam Fisher “The Maine State Library has once again partnered with the Maine Humanities Council to host a “Let’s Talk About It” summer reading and discussion series covering books written by Maine mystery writers.” Full article Read more

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Art in Exodus

Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on April 26, 2016 By Nancy Walker “This project is funded in part by an Arts & Humanities grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Maine Humanities Council.” Full article Read more

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Adaptations in the Arts conference set

Originally published on centralmaine.com on April 25, 2016 “FARMINGTON — A two-day international conference, “Adaptations in the Arts: Theory and Practice,” hosted by the University of Maine at Farmington, will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 28, and 9 a.m. to noon, Friday, April 29, in the Emery Community Arts Center… Read more

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Veterans book club fosters camaraderie

Originally published in the Andrews Gazette on April 8, 2016 By Bobby Jones,  Staff “Originating from the Maine Humanities Council, the Maryland Humanities Council and the Baltimore Public Library, the Veterans Book Group program conducts free reading and discussion series, lectures and poetry readings – which focus on different subject matters.” Full article Read more

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Maine Humanities Council announces 2016 Veterans Book Group programming

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For More Information: Lizz Sinclair, Maine Humanities Council, 207-773-5051   March 15, 2016 PORTLAND, Maine – Although Maine ranks 41st in population, it has one of the highest percentages of Veterans in the country—roughly one in every 10 Mainers is a Veteran. To serve this group, the Maine Humanities Council is offering… Read more

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Pulitzer Prize winners visit, sow seeds of wisdom for Pulitzer Week

Originally published on The Maine Campus on April 4, 2016 By Taryn Carrie Lane  “According to the UMaine website, a grant from the Maine Humanities Council, support from the UMaine Humanities Center and the UMaine Department of Communication and Journalism’s Alan Miller Fund for Excellence in Communication and Journalism made Pulitzer Week possible.” Full article Read more

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Pulitzer Prize winner: Consumers can help restaurant workers get fair pay

Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on March 29, 2016 By Dawn Gagnon, BGN Staff “Pulitzer Week was funded by a grant from the Maine Humanities Council as part of the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative, with additional funding provided by the University of Maine Humanities Center and the University of Maine Department of… Read more

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Pulitzer-winning writer discusses book about transgender Maine teen Nicole Maines

Originally posted in the Bangor Daily News on March 25, 2016 By Dawn Gagnon, BGN Staff “Nutt, who covers health and science for The Washington Post, is the writer of “Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family,” the true story of a transgender girl who grew up in Orono, her identical twin brother, her… Read more

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Education, shared missions open up opportunities

Originally posted on centralmaine.com on March 17, 2016 By Greg Fahy, University of Maine at Augusta “Individually, I am working with the Maine Humanities Council to bring a veterans’ book discussion group to the Kennebec County Correctional Facility. This is similar to veterans’ book groups that the MHC has run throughout the state that encourages… Read more

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Immigration through the decades on display across Maine

Originally published in the Portland Press Herald on March 13, 2016 By Bob Keyes, Staff Writer “The currency of the issue prompted the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine Arts Commission to create a one-time grant program to encourage arts organization to create programming to honor the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Passed by Congress… Read more

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UMaine professor speaks on Pulitzer novels as films

  Originally published in Castine Patriot on February 11, 2016 by Monique Labbe “To open its Pulitzer Prize film series, Witherle Memorial Library hosted Michael Grillo, professor and chairman of the Department of Art at the University of Maine in Orono on Tuesday, February 9. Grillo, who lives in Penobscot, spoke on several films spanning the decades… Read more

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Theater year-in-review: A look back at trauma, vibrancy and revelation on the Portland-area stage

Published December 23, 2015 in the Portland Phoenix By Megan Grumbling “The Lonely Soldier was another theater production of 2015 that aimed to observe and process real-life traumas. Playwright and oral historian Helen Benedict interviewed women who had served in Iraq; this play presents the stories of seven soldiers (portrayed by a fine ensemble of Catherine Buxton,… Read more

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Grant supports expansive library programming statewide

PORTLAND — The Maine Humanities Council has received a $25,000 grant from the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust to support expansive library programming in 2016. The MHC’s range of new programming includes a civil rights-themed Let’s Talk About It book discussion series, a local-issues speaker series, and a special initiative made possible by the Folger Shakespeare Library…. Read more

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MFS Awarded Infrastructure Grant from Maine Humanities Council

“Maine’s First Ship has been awarded an Infrastructure Grant from the Maine Humanities Council, a private non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress Center for the Book. The grant will allow MFS to update its Visitor Center located in the Bath Freight Shed.” Read more

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Northeast Historic Film lights up downtown Bucksport with new marquee

For Immediate Release Date: December 9, 2015 Contact: Northeast Historic Film, Brook Minner phone: 207-469-0924 email: brook@oldfilm.org Bucksport, Maine, USA–Thanks to a generous grant from the Maine Humanities Council, Northeast Historic Film (NHF) has installed a new digital marquee at the Alamo Theatre, the community cinema owned and operated by NHF. The new marquee will… Read more

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MHC receives $145,000 grant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For More Information: Hayden Anderson, Maine Humanities Council, 207-773-5051 December 15, 2015 PORTLAND, Maine – The Maine Humanities Council has been awarded a highly competitive National Endowment for the Humanities grant for $145,000 in the new “Humanities in the Public Square” category. The project, A Broad and Sure Foundation: The 14th Amendment… Read more

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Artists in Maine make climate change personal

Published November, 1 2015 in the Portland Press Herald. Marina Schauffler, Ph.D., is a writer who runs Natural Choices.   ” ‘I sing now like the North American brown thrasher, who at one point in its song orchestrates four different notes: one grieves, another frets, a third prays, but a fourth celebrates.” GREG DELANTY, IN… Read more

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Maine French Heritage Language Program

The MHC awarded a $5,000 Major Grant to this project to support consulting fees for teachers, cultural associates, and evaluation work as the program expanded in 2012-2013. If you spend time talking with a member of one of Maine’s Franco-American families, you’re likely to hear a story of past cultural loss. Depending on the generation… Read more

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Letters About Literature Winner To Meet Best-Selling Author At National Book Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For More Information: Leah Kuehn, Maine Humanities Council, 207-773-5051 WINSLOW—Gabriel Ferris, 14, of Waterville Junior High School, a national winner of the Letters About Literature contest, has been invited to the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., an event organized by the Library of Congress, to meet Walter Isaacson, author of the… Read more

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ME Student Wins National Letters About Literature Competition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For More Information: Leah Kuehn, Maine Humanities Council, 207-773-5051   June 22, 2015 WATERVILLE, Maine- Gabriel Ferris, 13, of Waterville Junior High School, beat 21,713 national submissions to win first place in Level 2 of the national Letters About Literature contest. He will receive $1000 for his letter to Walter Isaacson, author… Read more

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Final ‘Local and Legendary’ event scheduled for June 3 at MVMS

Published May 20, 2015 in the Lewiston Sun Journal. By Matthew Daigle, Staff Writer “MEXICO — Mountain Valley Middle School students will perform Civil War monologues from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, at Mountain Valley Middle School. Peru resident and Local and Legendary team member Nick Waugh said that the students will perform… Read more

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Local Students Honored by Maine Humanities Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For More Information: Leah Kuehn, Maine Humanities Council, 207-773-5051 May 20, 2015   PORTLAND, Maine – The Maine Humanities Council is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Letters About Literature contest. Elizabeth “Lacey” Brune of the Center for Teaching and Learning won the Level 1 (grades 4 – 6) competition,… Read more

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Students better understand impact of Civil War through study of Washburn family

Published May 20, 2015 in the Lewiston Sun Journal. By Pam Harnden, Staff Writer “LIVERMORE — Ten students in a history class titled “Our Hands on History” have spent the past year taking a close look at the Civil War and the impact it had on people from all walks of life by studying the Washburn… Read more

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Filmmakers, authors, historian highlighting speaker series

This coverage of a Maine Humanities Council grant project was published May 21, 2015 on Fosters.com. “ALFRED – The Friends of Alfred Shaker Museum (FASM) and the Sanford-Springvale Historical Society are sponsoring a series of speakers on four Sunday afternoons during the coming tourist season. The guest speakers include two authors, a filmmaker and teacher,… Read more

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Civil War project concludes with performance

Published May 26, 2015 in the Scarborough Leader. By Michael Kelley, Staff Writer “History came alive last week on the stage at Wentworth School as middle school students reenacted the role Scarborough residents had in the Civil War as part of a year-long look into the important period in U.S. history. The performance, which was written and… Read more

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Richmond library to offer reading, discussion group

Coverage of the Let’s Talk About It program was published on CentralMaine.com on Tuesday, May 26th, 2015. Read the full piece here.  “RICHMOND — The Isaac F. Umberhine Library was selected by the Maine Humanities Council to offer “Let’s Talk About It,” a free reading and discussion group with copies of the books available, according… Read more

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150 Year Anniversary Civil War Reenactment Hits Pittsfield

WFVX Bangor covered the recent Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War event put on by the Pittsfield community team. Local & Legendary is a project between MHC and Maine Historical Society, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Posted May 3, 2015 | Written by  Ashley Paul “Pittsfield- 150 year-old characters and modern day people… Read more

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Rumford Historical Society presents exhibit on local Civil War soldiers

Two members of the Rumford Historical Society on Wednesday presented their research on residents, including a nurse and a musician, who served in the Civil War. Society member Jane Peterson said she and member Nghia Ha spent weeks visiting libraries and historical societies throughout the state to get information. Their findings were uploaded to the… Read more

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National History Day Competition

This article was published in the Sun Journal on April 16, 2015. ORONO — More than 300 students and teachers from 36 middle and high schools in nine counties participated in the Maine National History Day competition at the University of Maine on March 28. The event on campus was made possible by a partnership between UMaine… Read more

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Book explores how Civil War changed ways people thought about death

The Norlands Living History Museum and Spruce Mountain High school hosted a discussion of the book This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War. This event was part of the MHC’s Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War grant with Maine Historical Society. This event was covered in the Sun Journal by staff writer Pam Harnden on April… Read more

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Donald Soctomah Donald Soctomah rows a birch bark canoe with his son, also named Donald. The canoe was built based on a 21-foot Passamaquoddy canoe dating from 1850.

Committed to His Native Roots: Soctomah to Be Honored for Contributions

Executive Director Hayden Anderson was interviewed for an article in Indian Country Today highlighting Donald Soctomah, 2015 recipient of the Constance H. Carlson Prize. This is the Maine Humanities Council’s highest honor, and is awarded to an individual, institution, or group in recognition of exemplary contributions to public humanities in Maine. Here is an excerpt from Alysa… Read more

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Book group explores ‘Muslim Journeys’

The Mount Desert Islander covered the upcoming “Muslim Journeys” book group at the Southwest Harbor Public Library. “Each month beginning in February, a different book will be discussed, exploring the issues and challenges raised. These discussions will be led by Reza Jalali, coordinator of Multicultural Student Affairs at the University of Southern Maine.” Read the… Read more

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Maine Humanities Council welcomes three leaders as new Board Members

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For More Information: Hayden Anderson, Maine Humanities Council, 207-773-5051   February 2, 2015   PORTLAND, Maine – The Maine Humanities Council welcomed three new members to its Board of Directors. New additions include Victoria Bornheimer, a human resource professional; Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko, the director of the Abbe Museum; and Reza Jalali, the Coordinator… Read more

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Maine Author’s Civil War Book highlighted in Scarborough program

Maine author Jean Flahive’s Civil War book “Billy Boy: The Sunday Soldier of the 17th Maine,” will be featured in the One Book, One Community discussion as part of Scarborough’s Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War project. She was interviewed by Kate Irish Collins in KeepMECurrent.com. Read the article here. Read more

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Successful launch of “Hooked”

January 22 was the launch of a brand-new MHC program, Hooked: A Critical Look At Shows We Love. About 40 people gathered at Guthries in Lewiston to discuss the theme of work in the show Breaking Bad with University of Southern Maine philosophy professor Jason Read. A group of avid fans led the discussion, all… Read more

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The world needs the humanities, and UMaine is responding

Originally published in the Bangor Daily News Jan. 21, 2015 By Liam Riordan, Special to the BDN For about two years, the University of Maine System has made headlines, almost always in the context of an economic crisis. There is no question that the global recession, increasing inequality and the still unclear possibilities of digital… Read more

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Maine’s Hayden Anderson Blends Practicality and Idealism to Advance the Humanities

Maine Humanities Council’s Executive Director, Hayden Anderson, was recently interviewed by  Edgar Allen Beem for HUMANITIES Magazine, January/February 2015 | Volume 36, Number 1 Click here for the article. Hayden Anderson. Photo by Diane Hudson Read more

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Anshe Sfard: Portland’s Forgotten Chassidic Synagogue

This article from the Maine Historical Society blog discusses one of the projects supported by the Maine Humanities Council’s grants program. The online exhibit “Anshe Sfard, Portland’s Early Chassidic Congregation” written by Susan Cummings-Lawrence can be found on the Maine Memory Network. Click here to read the article.    Read more

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Spruce Mountain High School and Washburn-Norlands Partner for Civil War program

A Sun Journal article on October 8. 2014 covered the partnership between Spruce Mountain High School in Jay and the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center in Livermore in the  Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War grant. Read article here. Read more

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Community unites for Civil War grant

This article by Michael Kelley on the Scarborough Public Library, Scarborough Historical Society and Scarborough Middle School in the Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War project appeared in the Scarborough Leader on October 3, 2014. Read the article here. Read more

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Maine Humanities Council and Portland Vet Center Host Book Group for Combat Veterans

What does a legendary adventure story created nearly 3,000 years ago have to do with the modern experience of coming home from a war zone? “A lot more than you may think,” says Cliff Trott, an Afghanistan and Iraq Veteran. Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, follows the Greek hero Odysseus as he attempts to return home after fighting in the Trojan War. Read more

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‘That’s what it used to be like’: Oral history initiative preserves Maine fishing tales

This article by Beth Brogan on the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association appeared in the Bangor Daily News onJuly 13, 2014. It covers a project sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council grants program. . Read the article here.  Read more

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Maine Humanities Council Announces Letters About Literature Winners

The Maine Humanities Council, the state’s partner with the national Letters About Literature competition, announced the 2014 winners today. Katie Larson of Edgecomb won the Level I (grades 4 – 6) competition, Augusta Stockman of Camden won the state’s Level II (grades 7 & 8) competition, and Isabel Crane of Camden won in Level III (grades 9 – 10). There were also several semifinalists. (See below for entire list). Read more

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Maine Humanities Council receives $150,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Maine Humanities Council receives $150,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For More Information: Lizz Sinclair, Maine Humanities Council, 207-773-5051 April 24, 2014 PORTLAND, Maine – The Maine Humanities Council has received a grant of $150,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop and offer programming for veterans in Maine and nationwide…. Read more

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Maine Humanities Council and Maine Historical Society award Grants to Five Maine Communities

The Maine Humanities Council and Maine Historical Society recently awarded fiveLocal and Legendary: Maine in the Civil War grants, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, to Bethel, Livermore-Livermore Falls-Jay, Pittsfield, Rumford, and Scarborough to support local history and humanities programs about the Civil War. The grants will allow local organizations—historical societies, libraries, and schools in particular—to develop skills, build capacity, expand collaboration with local partners, and use their community as a laboratory to explore connections between Maine’s Civil War story and national themes and experiences. Read more

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