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Educators throughout Maine are hard at work preparing enhanced curricula about Maine history for their students, and developing ways to contribute to community celebrations.

Our Bicentennial is an occasion to honor and explore the importance of education to Maine’s historic, present and future success. During 2019 and 2020, teachers, administrators, students and communities will be involved in activities and courses that spark inquiry into our past, examine our present-day challenges, and help guide our progress towards meeting the educational needs of the future. 

This page is designed to support communities and educators in achieving the six core outcomes listed below, while providing a rich array of resources and materials that can jump-start bicentennial planning work by any school or community.


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.

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:

specific education related programming

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.