Maine: An Encyclopedia

Cultural Resources

Cultural resources in Maine range from the many community institutions to larger institutions with statewide or broader significance. This page contains a brief summary.

Acton Shapleigh HS
Albany Township History
Allagash HS
Alexander – Crawford HS
Andover HS
Androscoggin HS
Anson HS
Bangor HS and M
Bar Harbor HS
Bath HS
Belfast HS and M
Belmont HS & GS
Berwick HS
Bethel HS
Biddeford HS
Boothbay Region HS
Border HS, Eastport
Brewer HS
Bridgton HS
Burlington Lord Mem. HS
Meddybemps HS
Castine HS
Cherryfield-Narraguagus HS
Corinth HS
Cumberland HS
Deer Isle-Stonington HS
Dexter (history links)
Dover – Foxcroft HS
Edgecomb HS
Eliot HS
Fairfield HS
Falmouth HS
Fort Kent HS
Franco-American HC
Freeport HS
Frenchboro HS
Fryeburg HS
Gorham HS
Gray HS
Greene (town) HS
Harpswell HS
Islesboro HS and M
Islesford HS
Jackman-Moose River HS
Jay HS
Kennebec HS
Kennebunkport HS
Kittery HS & Naval Museum
Knox, Gen, Henry,  Museum
Lakes Region HS, Rangeley
Leeds HS
Limerick HS
Lincoln County HA
Lincolnville HS
Litchfield HS
Lovell HS
Lubec HS
Machiasport HS
Madawaska HS
Milbridge M and HS
Millinocket HS
Milo HS
Monmouth Museum
Moosehead HS
Mount Desert Island HS
New Gloucester HS
New Sweden HS
Newcastle HS
North Berwick HS
North Yarmouth HS
Norway HS
Oakfield RR Museum
Oakland Area HS
Old Berwick HS
Old Canada Road HS
Old York Museums
Pejepscot HS
Pemaquid, Friends of
Penobscot HS
Phippsburg HS
Poland HS
Presque Isle HS
Raymond-Casco HS
Readfield HS
Rumford Area HS
Sanford/Springvale HS
Scarborough HS
Sebago HS
Sedgwick-Brooklin HS
South Portland HS
South Bristol HS
Stockton Springs HS
Sullivan-Sorrento HS
Thomaston HS
Trescott HS
Union HS
Unity HS
Vanceboro HS
Vassalboro HS
Vinalhaven HS
Waldoborough HS
Warren HS
Waterborough HS
Waterville HS and M
Wayne HS
Wells and Ogunquit HS
West Bath HS
Westbrook HS
Whitefield HS
Wilton HS
Windham HS
Winterport HS
Woolwich HS
Yarmouth HS

Local Historical Societies

Pejepscot Historical Society on Park Row in Brunswick (2002)

Pejepscot Historical Society on Park Row in Brunswick (2002)

The web addresses of sites listed here may change as small societies organize, reorganize, and merge.  These represent only local historical organizations that have their own web sites, or are affiliated with a town or other local organization, and display a minimum of content about the area they cover.

Tante Blanche Museum and Historical Society in Madawaska on U.S. Route 1

Tante Blanche Museum and Historical Society in Madawaska on U.S. Route 1

The list does not include those with only minimal contact information, often associated with commercial sites that abound on the Internet.

Abbreviations: HS= Historical Society; HA= Historical Association; HC= Historical Commission; M=Museum.


Public School Academic Special Total
270 174 38 55 537

About half of Maine towns have a public library, some have several small libraries. Virtually every public school has its library. The academic libraries are found in in each branch of the University of Maine, in community colleges, other major colleges, and in private, for profit, colleges. See the Maine State Library for contact information on libraries in Maine.

Special libraries are located within other institutions, such as museums, medical facilities, law offices, prisons, and major private businesses.

Post-Secondary Educational Institutions

Major Statewide, Regional Repositories

Bates Museum of Art

Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Farnsworth Art Museum in Downtown Rockland (2005)

Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland (2005)

Colby Museum of Art

Farnsworth Art Museum

Maine Historical Society

Maine Maritime Museum

Maine State Archives

Maine State Museum

Northeast Historic Film

Ogunquit Museum of American Art

Penobscot Marine Museum

Portland Museum of Art

The Stanley Museum

Additional resources

Maine Archives and Museums
Contains listings for many museums and historical societies.

The State of Maine Office of Tourism maintains links to venues for theater, performing arts, music, and dance.

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