ORONO – The University of Maine has been awarded a $293,500, two-year grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to complete the design and publication of the Historical Atlas of Maine.
The seven-year research project received $160,000 in seed money from the Maine Legislature in 1999, followed by $100,000 from the University of Maine System.
This most recent grant will provide funds to complete the atlas project that began in 1998 with the formation of a steering committee at UMaine, led by professor Burton Hatlen. In addition, more than 70 historians from Maine are contributing to the project by providing social, economic and demographic information that will be included in the atlas. The Maine volume also will emphasize cultural and environmental history as well as cross-border relations with Canada.
The NEH funding will be used to hire a second cartographer and an archivist, and also will offer three graduate research positions.