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Maine Archives and Museums (MAM) is the only professional association representing museums, archives, historical societies, and other collecting institutions in the state of Maine. The purpose of MAM is to actively stimulate the flow of knowledge and support among organizations and individuals in Maine who identify, collect, interpret, and/or provide access to materials relating to history, living collections, and culture, in order to strengthen and promote all collecting institutions in Maine.
We seek to fulfill this purpose by educating ourselves and the public through activities such as: Fostering the identification, preservation, and use of records, objects, and living collections of enduring value in Maine, both public and private, corporate and individual; Improving the management, public awareness and understanding of such records, collections,and objects; Sponsoring continuing professional education; Providing a forum for the exchange of information among individuals and institutions; Facilitating communication and cooperation with other organizations (local, regional, and national) and with individuals and groups representing allied disciplines and; Promoting member museums, collecting institutions, and archives to the public.
Our Annual Conference offers opportunities to gather with others with similar interests in Maine history, living collections, and culture to share ideas, network, and review and acquire the skills to manage our state’s cultural resources.
MUSEUMS UNITED is an initiative organized by the American Alliance of Museums and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services designed to strengthen and gather information about state museum associations like MAM. Here are some data charts prepared by Museums United to assist in these efforts.