How It Works
Maine Historical Society (MHS) provides training, support, and the technological infrastructure. Organizations and individuals across the state ("Contributing Partners") select items in their collections; scan or take digital photographs of those items; and then, through their own Maine Memory Network (MMN) account, use a web browser to upload, catalog, manage, and interpret the material online. Individuals may also send items without creating an account. All participation is free.
Maine Memory Network is a resource and jumping off point for a broad, quickly growing audience of people interested in Maine and its history, including researchers, teachers, students, planners, professionals, tourists, and the general public. It includes contributions from more than 270 organizations and individuals, and receives 500,000 unique visitors each year.
Participation helps contributors reach new audiences within their communities and beyond, deepen local partnerships, develop a broad range of skills and capacities, and energize the practice of local history.
There are many ways to participate, including:
- Sharing your comments about each item: Every items and exhibit on Maine Memory has a comment area at the bottom of every page. If you have additional information or just want to share your comments about an item or an online exhibit, enter your comments and start a discussion.
- Sharing Collections: Becoming a Contributing Partner enables organizations and individuals to digitize, catalog, and share historical collections online. You select historical items, create high resolution scans or photographs, complete catalog records, and upload them to Maine Memory.
- Building an online exhibit: Once historical items have been uploaded, MMN offers a variety of flexible tools that enable contributors to create exhibits that tell stories and explore topics, themes, and events in Maine's history.
- Building a website: Maine Memory Network also allows contributors and community teams to build their own websites within the network. Organizations use these websites to share information about their collections and programs. Local teams use these tools to gather and provide centralized access to a wide variety of information about their local history.