Maine observes its bicentennial of statehood in 2020.  It is a time when we look to our past, consider our present, and prepare for our future. As one of Maine’s collecting organizations, you may already be considering how you can participate and contribute to the bicentennial. The Maine State Archives is prepared to help you.

For the next two years, and, we hope, continuing to 2020, competitive grants of up to $4,000 will be available from the Historical Records Advisory Board to aid organizations, with the emphases being on projects relating to the bicentennial, and on digitizing documents to promote broader access.

With 2020 approaching, it would help to start planning now. To that end, please consider the following questions:

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* 1. What type of organization are you?

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* 2. If you are a library, do you have a Special Collections/Archives?

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* 3. Do you have material that could be featured as part of Maine's bicentennial?

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* 4. Is this material already scanned / digitized?

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* 5. If not, do you need assistance to scan and/or preserve the material?

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* 6. Would you like to speak with someone from the Archives for advice about your preservation needs?

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* 7. Is there a certain time period you seek to highlight as part of Maine's bicentennial story?  Remember, you don't need to focus on only 1820s material!

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* 8. How many staff members does your organization have?

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* 9. Are you an all-volunteer organization?

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* 10. Address

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