Maine Historical Society, in partnership with the Maine State Library, received a $745,313 grant to expand training and support services to local historical societies, libraries, and schools who participate in the Maine Memory Network.

The three-year program will offer professional development to library, museum, and education professionals to use history to encourage the development of 21st century skills. It will also support programs to help professionals digitize local historical collections and develop online exhibits.

The National Leadership Grant was awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The funding will also help expand the Maine Memory Network, a digital museum created by Maine Historical Society which includes an interactive database of more than 20,000 documents and other resources for learning about Maine’s history.