Heart of Maine Community Stories is a collaboration between Hartland Public Library, Newport Cultural Center, Pittsfield Public Library, Skowhegan Free Public Library, and Thompson Free Library (Dover-Foxcroft).

Help us document life in Central Maine during the COVID-19 pandemic by contributing to our Emergency Archive. We welcome anything created by you including audio or video diaries, journal entries, letters, photographs, drawings, personal recollections, and interviews with friends and family.

We also invite you to share stories about living through other times of emergency and upheaval. What personal memories or stories of community resilience do you have of those times? How have past events prepared you for our current moment of crisis?

Recently Added Items

A Physically Distancing Ladies Night Out

20200627_193512.jpg

These four friends have been having a ladies night every 3-4 months for a decade. After having several Zoom nights, we decided to try a physical…

Puritan Medical Products Coming to Pittsfield

DSCN9928.JPG

Puritan Medical Products is building a 2nd facility to continue making coronavirus testing swabs. Cianbro owns the building on Main Street in…

I Was a "Polio Pioneer"

20200625PolioPioneerText.pdf

Paul Schroeder reflects on his experience participating in a national test for the first polio vaccine as a second-grade student in 1954.