Exhibit Opening Party:
ZOOM IN: New Approaches to Maine History
Thursday, June 24, 5-7pm
Maine Historical Society invites you to help us celebrate the opening of ZOOM IN: New Approaches to Maine History, a new exhibit in our gallery in Portland that will be on view from Friday, June 25 through May 29, 2011.
Zoom In! celebrates the launch of Maine History Online (www.mainememory.net/mho), a major new interpretive section of the Maine Memory Network (www.mainememory.net), and explores the rich ways that digital technologies complement and enhance the use of physical objects – and vice versa – in the telling of Maine history.
The exhibition, curated by Candace Kanes, includes physical and digital material from more than 40 historical organizations in Maine, ranging from the Lubec, Freeport, and Island Falls historical societies; to the Maine State Library, Bangor Public Library, and McArthur Library in Biddeford; to the Muskie Archives at Bates College and Northeast Historic Film in Bucksport.
Stories explored in the exhibition include: the widely popular Franco American snowshoe clubs formed by Louis-Philippe Gagné when he moved to Lewiston from Québec in 1922; Biddeford’s industrial transformation in the 19th century; peace movements in Maine; life at the Western Maine Sanatorium; and the experience of Maine prisoners of war; among others.
In development for three years with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Maine History Online provides a comprehensive introduction to key themes, topics, and events in Maine history through illustrated essays, nearly one hundred new online exhibits, and hundreds of primary documents.
Created by Maine Historical Society and launched in 2001, the Maine Memory Network is a statewide digital museum that includes digital contributions from more than 200 historical organizations, museums, and libraries across the state.
When: Thursday, June 24, 2010, 5-7pm
Where: Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101
For more information or to RSVP, call 207-774-1822; 207-774-1822 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org