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

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Pulitzer Centennial Campfires Initiative


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 “His Story, Her Story, Our Story: Making Meaning of Your Collections” that will culminate with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author Dr. Laurel Thatcher’s keynote address at MAM’s annual conference in October.


MAM’s 2016 Professional Development Workshop Series based on the theme of storytelling is designed to expand the knowledge and skills of staff and volunteers working with collections. With over 1,000 collecting institutions, Maine’s public and private collections span the breadth of the humanities- from arts and literature to religion and politics Much of the work in museums and archives is in the humanities and related to researching, preserving, and interpreting collections and this work culminates in sharing stories- whether it’s through interpretation and exhibits, research, marketing, publications, advocacy, and more.


MAM’s workshop series will offer avenues to varying perspectives, invigorating discussions and opportunities to gain deeper understanding of collections to the study of the humanities. Participants will learn how to better care for an manage their collections and understand inspiring new ways to interpret collections according to best practices in the field.


For more information, visit The Association of Maine Archives & Museums