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Historical societies benefit from state grant

HARTLAND, Maine — A joint effort between the Hartland Public Library and the Palmyra, St. Albans and Hartland historical societies has resulted in a $1,000 grant from the Maine Memory Network.

The Maine Historical Society in partnership with the Maine State Library provides grants to its Community Mobilization Program. The program is designed to help local organizations — historical societies, libraries and schools in particular — use participation in Maine Memory Network, www.mainememory.net, to develop skills, build capacity and expand collaboration with local partners.

Maine Memory Network is a nationally recognized statewide digital museum created and maintained by the Maine Historical Society.

A scanner, laptop and digital camera have been purchased and the goal is to begin an ambitious effort to digitize the history of the three towns. The intent is to use the equipment to incorporate pictures, documents, and memorabilia from the local historical societies, as well as take the equipment into the homes of people who are concerned about the security of their items.

The three historical societies already have begun the digitization process with each town focusing on a special theme. The societies welcome questions, donations and loans of pictures for the project. For information, call John Clark at the Hartland Library at 207-938-4702.

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