The Dyer Library/Saco Museum is pleased to report that it is a recipient of a $10,000 award from the Maine Humanities Council for "Public History in Public Places for Saco Bay Cities," a multi-venue exhibition project slated for 2010. This semi-permanent exhibition, focusing on the history and culture of Saco, Biddeford, and Old Orchard Beach, will include displays at the Saco Museum and at Saco's new Amtrak Downeaster station in the city's historic mill district. The project is also designed to have a traveling element that will allow local schoolteachers to use original objects and artifacts in their classrooms.

This special grant program is funded by the New Century Community Program, made possible through a state bond. The grants provide support for infrastructure that supports public humanities programming, such as long term exhibits, museum display furniture, or electronic systems that facilitate public access and use of historic collections. This grant will enable the Dyer Library/Saco Museum to make its exemplary historic collections more accessible to visitors both to the museum and to the Saco area; to give local students an object-based experience of their cities' histories; and to integrate a historical narrative into the museum's permanent displays.

The Maine Humanities Council is a private nonprofit organization, Maine's affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It promotes strong communities and informed citizens by providing Mainers with opportunities to explore the power and pleasure of ideas. Since 1975, the Maine Humanities Council has used literature, history, philosophy and the arts to provide opportunities for people to come together in conversation that crosses social, economic and cultural barriers. The MHC continues to use the humanities as a tool for social change and to provide cultural enrichment opportunities through programs and grants for Mainers of all ages and abilities.