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 in Dover-Foxcroft.

Project goals:

  • Connect community members across generations and experiences through the act of sharing and listening to stories.

  • Explore the past, present, and future of life in the Heart of Maine.

  • Create an online archive to preserve our region’s history for use by students and other community members.

Our current collecting focus is the COVID-19 pandemic and other historic events that have impacted our communities (see: Emergency Archive). We welcome contributions in many forms, including text, images, oral histories, videos, sound recordings, and events (see: Share Your Story).

On this site, you can upload a digital item or browse items in our collection (Browse by Date, Browse by Tag, Browse Map). Items are shared under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license. View our Contributor Agreement here.

Maine Contemporary Archives

Heart of Maine Community Stories is a member of Maine Contemporary Archives, a statewide collaboration to collect, preserve, and provide access to materials related to Maine community members' experiences of current events. We welcome other libraries and organizations to join our collaboration. Please contact us if you are interested in getting involved!

Voices from HOME

Heart of Maine Community Stories is associated with Voices from HOME, a community-based oral history project coordinated by the Thompson Free Library and funded by a grant from the Maine Community Foundation. Voices from HOME provides recording equipment and interview guides to help you conduct interviews with family members, friends, and neighbors. It also hosts recording events, storytelling programs, and oral history workshops around the Heart of Maine region.