Friday, March 6, 2009

Maine Community Heritage Project

See call of participation below:

The Maine Historical Society, in partnership with the Maine State Library, is seeking Maine communities to participate in the 2009-2010 program cycle of the Maine Community Heritage Project (MCHP), an innovative program that promotes collaboration between local schools, historical societies, and public libraries through the exploration and celebration of local history. The MCHP grows out of the Maine Memory Network, the Maine Historical Society's nationally recognized statewide digital museum, and is supported by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum & Library Services.

The MCHP is a year-long program designed to mobilize Maine communities around the exploration and sharing of their local history. Each participating community will build a website on the Maine Memory Network that gathers and radically expands access to historical images, documents, and information related to the history of their community.

Applications from local partnership teams—each of which must include a local school (grades 6-12), library, and historical organization are now being accepted. Eight communities will be selected to participate in the program which will run from July 2009-June 2010. Participating communities will receive extensive training in digitization, access to powerful yet user-friendly online tools, guidance and support from full-time project staff, and funds of up to $7,500 to support project activities. All Maine communities are eligible to apply. The application deadline is: April 9.

For an application, or to learn more about the MCHP, please visit here or contact Kristie Littlefield by email at or by calling (207) 653-9287.

Image Power

Wow . . .you need to check this out. Maine's own, Sharon Betts, just blogged about Time Space: World on Sharon's Share blog. This is yet another powerful, yet simple to use, online tool to make connections with photos and events. Along with one of my favorite tools, Cooliris (formerly PicLens), it is easy to scan the planet for that needed image. Just think of the possibilities!

There is an embedded version of Cooliris below, but to gain the full power of its capabilities, a browser plugin needs to be downloaded here.

Additional Photo Resources at the LIM Wiki

Got a New Computer?

Some sage advice from Maine's own, David Trask, at Flubbernuggets.

Image Credit