2015 Maine Native American history and culture essay contest

Maine DOE is pleased to notify schools of a contest sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of State. In an effort to enhance Maine Native American Studies lessons, the Secretary of State sponsors an essay contest in which middle and high school students explore at least one aspect of Maine Native American history and then write an essay on their findings.

Authors of selected essays in both the middle and high school categories and their respective classmates will be guests of the Secretary of State for a day where they will visit the Maine State Archives in Augusta.

Students will view Maine’s original treaties with Native peoples and original field books of the early European explorers. These historical documents are preserved in vaults and are rarely available for public viewing, so this is a very special opportunity.

Visit the Secretary of State’s website for details including contest rules, helpful links for student research and the registration form. Entries are due Nov. 13 and winners will be announced by Dec. 18.

For questions contact, Special Project Director Nicole Ladner at nicole.ladner@maine.gov or 626-8400.