New Mini Grants | Winter 2017

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MHC Mini Grants support a wide variety of public humanities projects, such as exhibits, lecture and film series, reading and discussion programs, symposia, and cultural celebrations.

$1,000 for “Chart of the North Atlantic– Great Cranberry Historical Society, Great Cranberry Island

  • With design assistance from Willoughby Hastings, Archivist Anne Grulich will research, compose text and mount an exhibition of Great Cranberry Island’s 19th Century maritime history centered around its collection of ten 1855-1877 nautical charts used by Captain Meltiah Richardson and his navigator spouse, Carrie Stanley Richardson, for trans-atlantic voyages in 1878 and 1879 aboard their three-mast schooner, “Carrie M. Richardson.”


$1,000 for “Home in the Time of the Great War: 1917-1918″– Pejepscot Historical Society, Brunswick

  • With 2017 marking the 100th anniversary of America’s involvement in World War I, PHS will create collections and collect stories related to time in Maine during the war. A main gallery exhibit to be on display from May-Dec 2017.


$970 for “Inspired by NatureCathance River Education Alliance, Topsham

  • “Inspired by Nature” is a community program series driven by the idea that a connection to nature provides a continuous source of inspiration and insight, fueling our creativity and enlightening our problem solving. This project will share the stories of those whose lives and work have been inspired by their connection to nature, including writers, musicians, visual artists, and others. This community program promotes the idea that connecting to nature provides a continuous source of inspiration and insight, fueling creativity and enlightening problem solving. Through presentations and a reading discussion group, numerous writers, musicians, visual artists, and others will share stories of how their lives and work have been inspired by a connection to nature.


$300 for “Moose River Valley Historical Coloring BookJackman-Moose River Historical Society, Jackman

  • Local artist Gail McDougall will create outlines of locations and artifacts of historical importance to the history of Jackman’s Moose River Valley in the basic format for a coloring book. The Historical Society plans to distribute the books free of charge to local elementary students as a way of preserving and sharing their local history.


$1,000 for “Naomi Shihab Nye, Keynote poet for Terry Plunkett Maine Poetry Festival University of Maine at Augusta, Augusta

  • Naomi Shihab Nye, poet of international acclaim, will keynote the 15th Terry Plunkett Maine Poetry Festival. Her talk, subsequent book signing and reception, will be free and open to the public. The festival’s mission is to create an event to celebrate the spoken word, and be inclusive for our community.


$1,000 for “Neighbors Building Community Through StoriesWestern Maine Storytelling, Farmington

  • Western Maine Storytelling will offer storytelling events and workshops in four towns during the next year, with the goal of increasing community coherence and creating greater understanding and appreciation within families and among diverse neighbors.