Below are links to the products of community projects between schools and historical partners such as historical societies, museums, and archives. Projects pairing schools and community organizations doing work with Maine Memory Network have existed for more than a decade and highlight the benefits of doing hands-on history work with students.
Most school-community Maine Memory Network projects have involved the creation of an online exhibit, but all of them began with the building blocks of digitization. The following links showcase exhibits created by historical societies and their school partners, and the individually digitized items. In most cases, the individual images illustrating the exhibits were digitized by students. Projects are designated basic, intermediate, or intensive depending on the level of student involvement.
For examples of community history website projects, visit Our Partners.
Friendship Village School and Friendship Museum
Intermediate: A single elementary classroom participated in the project. Nineteen sixth-graders participated in activities including taking a historical walking tour along the waterfront, hearing from community historians in the classroom, working in pairs to scan photographs and write draft descriptions of them for the cataloging record, and generally researching the topic. One student assisted the historical society representative in writing the exhibit and shares the byline.
Gould Academy and Bethel Historical Society
Intensive: This project involved up to 50 11th grade U.S. History and AP U.S. History students. They took field trips to the historical society, learned to scan and digitally photograph collection items and artifacts, and cataloged those items. The AP U.S. History class researched five different aspects of their town during the Civil War period and five students took the lead on writing the text for the exhibit sections.
Leeds Central School and Leeds Historical Society
Basic: A core group of six students in a sixth grade classroom worked closely with the historical society to handle and analyze historical collections, scan and catalog some of them, and learn more about the selected exhibit topic. They presented their work at a community event.
Spruce Mountain High School and Washburn-Norlands Living History Center (Jay/Livermore)
Intensive: A three-teacher team designed a year-long elective course to carry out the activities of MHS's and Maine Humanities Council's 2014-2015 Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War project. The students undertook every aspect of completing the online exhibit from multiple field trips to their historical partner, to all the digitization and cataloging work, to considerable research, writing, and editing, to presenting their work at a final event.
South Bristol Historical Society and South Bristol School
Intermediate: This project revolved around the town's centennial celebration. Sixteen fifth and sixth graders took field trips, selected the collection items to be digitized, scanned and assisted with cataloging them, and wrote sections of the final exhibit.
Early Community Projects with Schools
The following projects were Maine Memory's earliest foray into working with schools around the state. These pilots remain powerful examples of students and community members working together to share their local history.
The projects below include online exhibits, physical exhibits in libraries and schools, scanning projects, iMovies, oral histories, and historic preservation campaigns.
- Lisbon Falls: Phillip W. Sugg Middle School
- Fryeburg: Molly Ockett Project
- Skowhegan Area Middle School