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My Maine Stories

Story Prompts

Having trouble getting started telling your story? Try using some of these story prompts-you don't have to answer all of them, but choose the ones most relevant to your story. If you are having trouble selecting a topic-for example you are a veteran and an immigrant-you could choose the most relevant topic, or use the "general Maine" topic to tell your story.

General Maine Stories
  • How did you come to live in Maine?
  • Where did you grow up?
  • What is your favorite place in Maine?
  • What do you think is unique about Maine?
  • Is there a person who "means" Maine to you?
  • Is there an important family or town tradition you want to tell?
  • Is there an important date or event in your history involving Maine?
  • What keeps you in Maine?
  • Is there a story about your family, ancestors, or town you'd like to tell?
  • Is there a specific event you want to talk about?
  • Can you detail the significance of the objects or photos you chose to tell your story? How are they important to you?
  • How do the objects or photos you uploaded help to tell your story? What's their significance? Rather than describe the item, tell us what the item or photo means to you.
Immigration stories
  • How did you come to live in Maine?
  • What keeps you here?
  • How does living in Maine differ from your country of origin?
  • Is there an important family tradition you'd like to tell?
  • Can you detail the significance of the objects or photos you chose to tell your story? How are they important to you?
  • How do the objects or photos you uploaded help to tell your story? What's their significance? Rather than describe the item, tell us what the item or photo means to you.
Stories about being LGBTQ in Maine
  • Where did you grow up?
  • How did you come to live in Maine?
  • Has being a Mainer (or living in Maine) impacted your identity as a queer person?
  • Have you ever participated in LGBTQ activism in Maine?
  • Does your town or community feel like a safe and supportive place to live as a queer person? Why?
  • Is there a specific event [in LGBTQ history?] that you'd like to share your experience with?
  • Has your experience of being a queer person in Maine changed over time with the advancement of LGBTQ visibility and rights?
  • Can you detail the significance of the objects or photos you chose to tell your story? How are they important to you?
  • How do the objects or photos you uploaded help to tell your story? What's their significance? Rather than describe the item, tell us what the item or photo means to you.
Stories about working in Maine mills
  • How did you start working at the mill?
  • Why did you decide to work there?
  • How long did you work at the mill? What jobs did you do?
  • Were you involved in the Union or any of the extracurricular groups, like the bowling league? Tell us about those experiences.
  • How did working at the mill change your ideas or perception about Maine?
  • Can you detail the significance of the objects or photos you chose to tell your story? How are they important to you?
  • How do the objects or photos you uploaded help to tell your story? What's their significance? Rather than describe the item, tell us what the item or photo means to you.
Stories from/about veterans
  • Where did you grow up? Did you live in Maine prior to entering the military?
  • Were you drafted or did you enlist? Why?
  • In which branch of the military did you serve?
  • Did you receive specialized training that you'd like to discuss?
  • How did you adapt to military life?
  • How do you think being from Maine affected your experiences at basic training or in service?
  • How did joining the military, or into war during WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq or Afghanistan change your perception of Maine?
  • Did other members of your family serve in the military? Did this influence your service?
  • Would you like to discuss your homecoming? How did you adjust to civilian life?
  • How do you feel now?
  • If you are a family member of a veteran or a citizen who lived during a conflict, can you discuss your experiences?
  • Can you detail the significance of the objects or photos you chose to tell your story? How are they important to you?
  • How do the objects or photos you uploaded help to tell your story? What's their significance? Rather than describe the item, tell us what the item or photo means to you.
Stories from Wabanaki people
  • How did you start making your artwork?
  • How do you think your artwork fits into your cultural traditions?
  • How do you think non-Indian Mainers view your art?
  • Can you detail the significance of the objects or photos you chose to tell your story? How are they important to you?
  • How do the objects or photos you uploaded help to tell your story? What's their significance? Rather than describe the item, tell us what the item or photo means to you.

Tell your story!