My Maine Stories is a storytelling forum that provides an online space for sharing your recollections about Maine. Stories might include your Maine experiences, memories of your family, ancestors, or town; your work life, or the impact of a historical event in Maine on you or your family. At the heart of My Maine Stories is the belief that the experience of every person with a Maine connection matters.
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From Chinese Laundress to Mother of the Year
by Dr. Andrea Louie
Toy Len Goon's granddaughter recounts her immigration to the US and becoming Mother of the Year.
Margaret Moxa's Blanket Coat
by Jennifer Neptune
A contemporary artwork in memory of Penobscots murdered for scalp bounties.
Epidemic of violence against Indigenous people
by Michael-Corey F. Hinton
Systemic racism, murder, and the danger of stereotypes
A New Beginning for Wabanaki Land Relationships
by John Banks
Wabanaki leadership in land stewardship
Cape Verde and the Doctrines of Discovery
by Lelia DeAndrade
My Cape Verde family's culture and history is tied to the Doctrines of Discovery
Redlining and the Jewish Communities in Maine
by David Freidenreich
Federal and state policies created unfair housing practices against immigrants, like redlining.
Dancing through barriers
by Garrett Stewart
My Dad performed on the Dave Astor Show in Portland during the civil rights era.
by Matthew Jude Barker
Prejudice in Maine against immigrants dates back to at least the mid-1700s
Maine and the Atlantic World Slave Economy
by Seth Goldstein
How Maine's historic industries are tied to slavery
Reverend Thomas Smith of First Parish Portland
by Kristina Minister, Ph.D.
Pastor, Physician, Real Estate Speculator, and Agent for Wabanaki Genocide
We Are An Ordinary Family
Maine's abolitionists offer an answer to my questions about my family's experiences.
Creating the Purr-Sist button
by Ellen Crocker
Motivated by the Women's March and Sen. Warren, I created these buttons
Black Lives Matter Protest Portland, Maine
by Joanne Arnold
Documenting the signage at Portland Police Station following the BLM Protests of June 2020
by Sherri Mitchell Weh’na Ha’mu Kkwasset
Women's leadership in Wabanaki communities
Monument Square 1967
by C. Michael Lewis
The background story and research behind a commissioned painting of Monument Square.