Maine Memory’s Community Gallery provides a place to share, celebrate, and learn about student history projects around Maine. These projects include online exhibits, exhibits in libraries and schools, scanning projects, iMovies, oral histories, and historic preservation campaigns.
Every community in Maine has its own rich historical resources and unique stories to tell. At all grade levels, exploring local history is a great way to enhance classroom learning, get students involved in their community, and develop a broad range of important skills. It is also a great opportunity to build relationships with historical organizations in your community.
Maine Historical Society staff help schools in every corner of the state develop their own local history projects. If you have a project to share or are interested in setting one up in your community, please contact us.
Richard Moore, a 7th and 8th grade teacher at Philip W. Sugg Middle School in Lisbon Falls, knew the town had a rich history, an active historical society, and a group of Gifted & Talented students who were ready for a new challenge. View the student project
Dorothy Small, the Technology Integrator for elementary schools in MSAD 54, and Janine Leach, third grade teacher at Norridgewock Central School, saw the local history projects that middle school students in Skowhegan were doing through Maine Memory and decided that their students, too, should become historians. View the student project
Students at Skowhegan Area Middle School (SAMS) know their local history! Laura Richter, the Technology Integrator at SAMS, has been a social studies teacher for 17 years and has always looked for creative ways to help students study their community. View the student project
Lyman Moore Middle School teacher Ray St. Pierre was given a special opportunity in the Winter of 2003-2004: the chance to take 17 At-Risk eighth graders under his wing full-time for three months. His goal: to take the students into the community and create a project that would teach them practical skills and help them discover their own abilities. View the student project
Carol Toppe and Meg Dyer, teachers at Molly Ockett Middle School in SAD #72, wanted to interweave a community service project with a study of local Maine History with their 7th grade students. 43 Middle Schoolers took part in the state's first ever Scan-a-Thon, adding 31 new images into Maine Memory Network on behalf of the Fryeburg and Lovell Historical Societies. View the student project
When students at Greely Jr. High School study the Civil War in the Spring, they do so through the eyes of James and Luther Lawrence, brothers from North Yarmouth who fought in the War. View the student project
George Jones, history teacher at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, wanted his students to do more than just read about their local history, he wanted them to go out and learn how the town of Norway has changed over the years. The students produced an online exhibit about the history of the Oxford County Fair. View the student project