Constance Carlson Public Humanities Prize

  • 2019: Monica Wood, for or 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.
  • 2017: Gary Lawless, poet, publisher, and bookstore owner, for his work to bring poetry and the creative process to the people of Maine, his commitment to helping Mainers of every background find their voice, and his ardent devotion to the environment and to all those that inhabit it.
  • 2015: Donald Soctomah, for working to preserve the language, history, culture and land base of the Passamaquoddy people in Maine.
  • 2010: Joe Conforti, for founding the American and New England Studies Program at University of Southern Maine, for his regional history scholarship, and for his generosity and accessibility statewide.
  • 2005: Neil Rolde, for his extraordinary contributions to the interpretation of Maine history as a historian and author and his encouragement and support of the humanities in Maine as a Representative in the State Legislature.
  • 2003Karan Sheldon and David Weiss, co-founders of Northeast Historic Film in Bucksport, for their contributions to the preservation and interpretation of New England’s historic moving-image history.
  • 1999: Billie Gammon, for her leadership in the field of “hands-on” history through her founding of the Norlands Living History Center in Livermore Falls.
  • 1998Tabitha King, for her efforts to kindle a passion for reading and a love of ideas in Maine people of all ages.