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April 5, 2007
Contact: Don Cookson

Grants Awarded to Preserve Significant Historical Collections
Throughout Maine

Applications for Next Round of Grants Due June 1st

AUGUSTA , MAINE – Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, Maine State Archivist Jim Henderson and Maine State Museum Director Joseph Phillips announced on Thursday that facilities throughout Maine will benefit from grants awarded in March to preserve significant historical collections.

Grants have been awarded to libraries, museums, historical societies and other facilities in 18 communities through a joint project of the Maine State Archives and the Maine State Museum. This project offers one application to access funds from five different state and federal sources including the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and Maine’s New Century Community Program.

The primary purpose of this project is to preserve Maine’s significant historical collections--records, archives, artifacts, museum objects--and to make them available to the public. Funds are focused on Museum Facilities, Archives Facilities, Museum Collections, and Archives Collections, and support two types of preservation efforts. The first is designed to indirectly protect all collections at a particular location by improving the facility containing them. The second is intended to directly support the preservation of, and access to, specific historical records collections within a facility.

The documents below provide details about each grant. The next proposal deadline in 2007 is June 1st. More information is available at, and by calling the Maine State Archives at (207) 287-5788 or the Maine State Museum at (207) 287-2301.


FEBRUARY 2007 New Century Grants
Historical Facilities Grants

FP 07-01

Abbe Museum , Bar Harbor

Roof Repairs


FP 07-03

Blue Hill Historical Society

Firelock Vault


FP 07-04

Bowdoinham, Town of

Room Renovation for Safe Storage


FP 07-05

Freeport Historical Society

Fireproof File Cabinets


FP 07-06

Historic New England - Castle Tucker, Wiscasset

Structural Assessment of Barn and Studio


FP 07-07

Jefferson Historical Society, Jefferson

Adaptive Restoration of Old Jefferson Town House


FP 07-08

Town of Harrison

Preservation and Accessibility of Town Records


FP 07-09

L.C. Bates Museum , Fairfield

Installing Drainage Tiles


FP 07-10

Limerick Historical Society

Old Academy Roof Repair


FP 07-11

Mount Desert Land and Garden Preserve, Mount Desert

Provide solar shades and storage files for records


FP 07-13

St. Croix Historical Society, Calais

Replace Siding and Trim


Museum Collections Grants

MP 07-01

Jonathan Fisher Memorial, Blue Hill

Begin Painting Cleaning & Conservation Cycle


MP 07-02

L.C. Bates Museum , Fairfield

Hubbard Painting Conservation.


MP 07-03

Maine Lighthouse Museum , Rockland

Restoration of Whitehead Island Lens


MP 07-04

Old Berwick Historical Society, South Berwick

Hayes Painting Conservation.



Grants Awarded: February 07 Deadline

Funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission

Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College Vital Records
Microfilming Project

Prepare preservation microfilm copies of the earliest Board of Trustees/Board of Overseers Minutes (1794-1906) and Faculty Minutes (1805-1907), all bound volumes of formal manuscript minutes recording the establishment and early administration of Bowdoin College; and of manuscript student class ranking/grade sheets.

Bowdoinham, Town of $522.00
  Bowdoinham Town Hall Historical
Records Archival Consultant
To hire a consultant to asses our collection, tour the facility and write up an assessment and recommend a preservation plan for our documents and suggest any changes or upgrades to our facility.
Museum L-A $1,054.00
  Archival Organization of Selected
Bates Mill Records
Sort, inventory and re-house records located in Vault #1, Bates Mill #5 and those retrieved from attic of Bates Mill #1 Office.
Washington County
  Courthouse Archives
  Pres. Comm.
  Inventory Project -- Continuing
Process: Part II  
Continuing and possible completion of inventorying, preserving, and storage of the remaining boxes of archival materials found in the attic, and other locations throughout the Washington County Courthouse.
Windsor Historical Society $850.00
  Archival Survey and Organization Professional Survey and Assessment of Archival Materials.