My Maine Stories

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

Everybody has a story...
My Maine Stories submissions, organized by topic, tell the history of Maine.

Added August 4, 2023

Sustainable Futures
by Bill McKibben, Schumann Distinguished Scholar Middlebury College

Climate change is the biggest thing humans have ever done. So we need to think big as we take it on.

Added February 25, 2022

We Gonna Be Alright and Say It Loud
by Ryan Adams

Creating artwork during a period of social and cultural awakening

Added June 22, 2021

"Mama sings 'get your hands up'": Maria's Diary June 2020
by Maria

Maria, 7 years old, records impressions of staying with her grandparents in Somesville in June 2020.

Added May 28, 2021

Two-minute Tale of the Pandemic
by Nancy Creighton Collins

What everyday life was like during the beginning of the pandemic.

Added May 19, 2022

A Florida Flatlander Finds Adventure in Maine (An Excerpt)
by Steve Hood

Humorous reminisces of former adventures in Maine from a Florida retiree

Added February 2, 2022

Tammy Ackerman: Falling in love with Biddeford
by Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center

Someone "from away" who fell in love with Biddeford and contributed to its transformation

Added March 3, 2022

Sarah Jane Poli: Biddeford’s first female school superintendent
by Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center

An Italian immigrant's daughter is key to a family grocery store and a leader in the school system

Added February 15, 2022

Bob Hodge:A rocky road to become Biddeford school superintendent
by Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center

The son of immigrants, Bob's hard work and determination leads to a life of community service.

Added April 4, 2023

Vegetarians and Zoonosis
by Avery Yale Kamila

Colds, influenza, tuberculosis, measles, smallpox, plague and COVID-19 group under zoonotic diseases

Added April 4, 2023

Eating lower on the food chain
by Avery Yale Kamila

Animal agriculture's ties to climate change

Added February 26, 2024

A Conversation with Charlotte Warren
by Charlotte Warren and Matt Matheny

A conversation with the former chair of Maine's Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee

Added February 7, 2024

Make It Great Again
by SC

2020, Acrylic on canvas

Added April 17, 2024

Bonita Pothier-the definition of a trailblazer
by Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center Voices of Biddeford project

Overcoming the challenges of being Biddeford’s first female mayor is but a part of her contributions

Added March 20, 2024

Jim Murphy-living a multi-dimensional life
by Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center Voices of Biddeford project

Life influences: Irish/Quebec ancestry, seminary, Navy, community businesses and organizations.

Added June 14, 2019

My Mom was a nurse in the 8055 MASH, Korea
by Pat MacPherson

I’m so proud of my mother and the thousands of Army & Navy nurses who served in WWII & Korea

Added December 11, 2018

During an epidemic, Sisters of Mercy came forward to serve
by Sr. Pat Mooney

Sister Mooney talked about her 55 years as a Sister of Mercy and her work with Mercy Hospital

Added December 20, 2023

From Istanbul to Machias
by Zeynep Turk

Zeynep Turk talks about moving from Istanbul, Turkey to Machias, Maine for school.

Added December 19, 2023

From France to Farmington
by Celine Couillaut

I arrived in Maine and never left.

Added June 11, 2021

The Equal Freedom to Marry
by Mary L Bonauto

Marriage Equality, Maine, and the U.S. Supreme Court

Added June 3, 2021

Maine and the Atlantic World Slave Economy
by Seth Goldstein

How Maine's historic industries are tied to slavery

Added January 21, 2020

A Maine Family's story of being Prisoners of War in Manila
by Nicki Griffin

As a child, born after the war, I would hear these stories - glad they were finally written down

Added March 11, 2024

Betty Cody, country music legend
by Maine Historical Society

Betty Cody is noted as Maine's most recognized female singer

Added March 10, 2024

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by Chris Sockalexis

Playing powwow music with my group, the RezDogs

Added January 18, 2024

by Brian Daly

I wrote a musical comedy about Lewiston hosting the Ali-Liston title fight in 1965.

Added March 15, 2022

Quinton "Skip" Wilson: different aspects of "standing out"
by Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center

Recollections of life as Biddeford's only student of color during the 1960-70s

Added November 27, 2023

“I got around” and “I told a lie”
by anonymous

Marine Corporal Stanley Gunn recalls his training locations and post war Memories

Added October 4, 2023

John Coyne from Waterville Enlists as a Railroad Man in WWI
by Mary D. Coyne

Description of conditions railroad men endured and family background on John Coyne.

Added April 3, 2023

Wabanaki Sovereignty
by Mali Obomsawin and Lokotah Sanborn

Bomazeen Land Trust, renewing and resuming Wabanaki caretaking and stewardship roles

Added March 15, 2023

Making the wapi-kuhkukhahs / Snowy Owl basket
by Gabriel Frey and Gal Frey

A story of a mother and son artistic collaboration.

Added November 9, 2018

The Point
by Norma K. Salway

In the summer, on the eastern shore of Songo, kids dove from a leaning tree

Added October 9, 2018

Water is Music
by P Leone

Throughout her life water has played an important part