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Farmington: Franklin County's Shiretown

About Us

The Maine Community Heritage Project (MCHP) Team for Farmington is comprised of The Farmington Public Library, The Farmington Historical Society, Mount Blue Middle School, The Center for Community GIS, and The University of Maine Farmington Secondary/Middle Education Department. In the first year (2008-2009) we formed a tight-knit team of dedicated volunteers who enjoyed the work as well as each other's company. As the year progressed, we added The Mallett School to our team.

We have established a foundation that will allow this team to grow and allow this project to continue as we share the rich and dynamic history that makes Farmington a great place to live and work. 2008-2009 team members and dedicated volunteers include:

  • Melanie Taylor Coombs, Farmington Public Library, Library Director
  • Taffy Davis, Farmington Historical Society, President
  • Tyler Duran, Center for Community GIS, Intern
  • Stephen Engle, Center for Community GIS, Director
  • Jean Oplinger, Farmington Public Library, retired Library Director
  • Theresa Overall, University of Maine Farmington, Assistant Professor
  • Nancy Porter, Farmington Historical Society, Volunteer
  • Wendy Simpson, Mount Blue Middle School, Teacher
  • Cindy Stevens, Mallett School, Teacher
  • Students in EDU 221 "Technology Integration for Secondary/Middle Educators" at University of Maine Farmington, Fall 2008
  • Students in Mrs. Stevens' Second Grade Class at Mallett School

The Maine Community Heritage Project (MCHP), a partnership between the Maine Historical Society and Maine State Library, is an innovative program that promotes collaboration between local schools, historical societies, and public libraries through the exploration and celebration of local history. The MCHP grows out of the Maine Memory Network, the Maine Historical Society’s nationally recognized statewide digital museum. The Maine Memory Network features a constantly growing online collection of more than 15,000 historical items contributed by over 200 historical organizations around Maine; nearly 100 online exhibits that explore a diverse range of themes and topics in Maine history; lesson plans; a gallery of student history projects; online tools that allow site visitors to create and share their own albums; and much more. This project is supported by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum & Library Services.

The Farmington MCHP Team
The Farmington MCHP TeamBack Row, L to R: Taffy Davis, Nancy Porter;
Center Row, L to R: Stephen Engle, Theresa Overall, Cindy Stevens;
Front Row, L to R: Tyler Duran, Melanie Taylor Coombs, Wendy Simpson