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Educators throughout Maine have work hard on enhanced curricula about Maine history for their students, and are contributing to community celebrations.

bicentennial curriculum initiative

Our Bicentennial is an occasion to honor and explore the importance of education to Maine’s historic, present and future success. Teachers, administrators, students and communities are involved in activities and courses all year long that spark inquiry into our past, examine our present-day challenges, and help guide our progress towards meeting the educational needs of the future. 

The heart of these efforts is the Bicentennial Curriculum Initiative (BCI), an online resource designed to help Maine teachers integrate Maine’s Bicentennial into their classrooms. It enables pre-k through adult educators to:

  • share their own lesson plans;
  • download lesson plans created by other Maine teachers; and
  • access new curriculum resources and primary documents related to Maine, its history, and culture.

Educators are invited to search the page by grade level, topic, content area, standard, and other fields for engaging and effective lessons geared towards different students.

It's easy to add to this growing library of high-quality lessons—which will endure well beyond our great state's 200th birthday. Click on the link below to harvest and contribute to in this educationally nourishing resource!


The BCI is designed to support communities and educators in achieving the six core outcomes listed below:

Bicentennial-related events and educational materials will...

  1. Allow our citizens—especially our youngest ones—to come together to envision a successful and prosperous future for themselves and the state as a whole;
  2. Include the challenges experienced, and contributions made by, a diversity of the people—racial/tribal, geographic, gender, and socioeconomic—who make Maine what it is today;
  3. Have long-term value for imparting historical information, and creating conversations that strengthen individuals, communities and their connections;
  4. Spotlight artwork and products of our past, while showcasing and providing market access for the emerging next generation of artists, makers, and innovators;
  5. Enhance and broaden community leadership to drive commemorations at a local level; and
  6. Allow our citizens to better understand key sustainability issues for Maine’s future, including demographics, environment, energy, and more.

The BCI is a product of the Maine Memory Network, a statewide digital museum created by the Maine Historical Society featuring historical items, online exhibits, and stories contributed by 270 organizations across Maine. It is a program of the Maine Department of Education (DOE), in collaboration with the Maine Bicentennial Commission and the Maine Historical Society, and is supported by funding from Jane’s Trust and the Maine Bicentennial Commission.

Explore these links to begin your Bicentennial adventure

We invite everyone in the community to use these Guidelines and Themes in planning Bicentennial events and preparing materials:

other related programs

Soap Box Derby, Portland, 1940 

Top L: Youth radio panel, 1953  |  R: Girls playing basketball, Naples, ca. 1930
Bottom L: Swimmers, ca. 1920  |  R: Students playing with blocks, North School, Portland, ca. 1910

Ten-year-old peace activist Samantha Smith of Manchester shares a laugh with Governor Joseph Brennan on May 10, 1983, the day she accepted Soviet Union leader Yuri Andropov’s invitation to visit his country.