My Maine Stories

Everyone has a story... What's yours?

Welcome to My Maine Stories, a participatory storytelling forum that provides an online space for sharing your recollections about Maine. Stories could include your experiences in Maine, memories of your family, ancestors, or town; your work life, or impacts a historical event in Maine had on you.

How it works
You can type your story, make a video, record audio, and upload photographs on the Tell My Story page. After a quick review, we'll post it online.

Featured Stories

Wabanaki Fashion
by Decontie & Brown

Keeping the spirit and memories of our ancestors alive through fashion and creativity

Masters and apprentices
by Theresa Secord

Wabanaki basket makers learn to weave by apprenticing with master artists.

The Pilots Grill, Bangor
by Rodney Duplisea

Memories of the Pilots Grill in Bangor

The Tomah Basket
by James Boyce

Learning to make Maliseet Tomah baskets

Welimahskil: Sweet grass
by Suzanne Greenlaw

Weaving Indigenous Knowledge (IK) and western science around Sweetgrass

Mali Agat (Molly Ockett) the famous Wabanaki "Doctress"
by Maine Historical Society

Pigwacket Molly Ockett, healing, and cultural ecological knowledge

Wikpiyik: The Basket Tree
by Darren Ranco

Countering the Emerald Ash Borer with Wabanaki Ecological Knowledge

Wampum Belts
by Donald Soctomah

My great grandfather was a wampum keeper

Restoring the Penobscot River
by John Banks

My role as the Director of the Department of Natural Resources for the Penobscot Indian Nation

Why environmental advocacy is critical for making baskets
by Jennifer Sapiel Neptune

My advocacy work for the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance

Working as a telephone operator in the 1940s
by Doris Tardy

Working as a telephone operator in 1946 was new and exciting, and challenging.

My work as chief of surgery at Mercy Hospital
by Dr. Robert McAfee, MD

Dr. McAfee, MD, former chief of surgery discussed his former colleagues and his work at Mercy