Maine State Archives Bicentennial Projects
The Maine State Archives is celebrating the State of Maine’s bicentennial in 2020 with two special projects to help the public engage with Maine history. Our archivists have curated this information from our holdings and beyond to provide a glimpse into the people and places that have played an important role in the history of our State, in hopes of inspiring Mainers and admirers of the State to dig deeper in to the Archives holdings and other historical resources to learn more. Content will continue to be added during the commemoration period.
Maine Virtual Reality Experience
The Maine Virtual Reality Experience uses VR technology to put you in some of Maine’s most notable places. Viewers will feel as though they are standing at the site of interest and can activate pop-ups of historical anecdotes about the site simply by directing their gaze. These experiences can be viewed on a desktop computer, but are most effective when using a cell phone in a VR headset, for the full 360-degree immersive view. The Archives has headsets available and welcomes groups to visit and explore Maine through VR. (VRs located on Thinglink.) Interested in having the Archives staff bring our VR kit to your school or community group? Email Heather Moran to set up a visit.
Special thanks to: Old Orchard Beach Historical Society, OOB Historian
Dan Blaney and “The Great Steel Pier” by Peter Dow Bachelder
Special thanks to the Maine Dept. of Transportation, PNBO/Fort Knox Executive
Director Dean Martin, and Capt. Thomas N. Curtis of Verona Island Charters
More VR experiences coming soon...
Maine Bicentennial Moments
The Maine Bicentennial Moments are 30-second public service announcements featuring Maine history. Each PSA includes images and documents from the Archives and other sources to highlight a particular person, place or event in Maine history. These PSAs will be aired on broadcast television throughout the State during the bicentennial commemoration period in addition to being posted online. Batches of PSAs will be released seasonally during the bicentennial commemoration period, taking viewers from Maine’s Act of Admission to the Union all the way up to modern times. Each PSA is meant to pique viewers’ interest and encourage further exploration of the topic.
Maine’s Act of Admission to the Union
Gov. William King
Tribal Fishing Rights
The Treat Journal
Gov. Enoch Lincoln
The Abyssinian Church
Charles Bulfinch and the State Capitol Building
The Kennebec Arsenal
The Aroostook War
Daniel Webster and the Border Treaty
Hiram Ricker of Poland Spring
Vice President Hannibal Hamlin
Adjutant General John Hodsdon
Samuel Cony and the University of Maine System
The Atlantic Coast pilot logs
Gen. Joshua Chamberlain (Civil War)
Charles Tilden and the 16th Maine (Civil War)
Baxter State Park
Acadia – Creation of the national park/ Pres. Woodrow Wilson
Acadia – Beatrix Jones Farrand’s landscaping and carriage trails
Sen. Margaret Chase Smith
Fire tower maps
Amos Winter and Sugarloaf Mountain
Myron Avery and the Appalachian Trail
Gov. James Longley
More content coming soon...