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Fort Fairfield, Maine
Preserving a Remarkable Collection in Northeast Maine
The Jesse Drew Historical Room, reorganized and accessible to the public thanks to an NEH grant. Photo courtesy of Fort Fairfield Public Library.

An NEH grant enabled the Fort Fairfield Public Library to revive its impressive collection, which includes the vital records of many Maine communities and extensive resources for genealogical research. The cornerstone of the collection is a gift of over 2000 volumes—many of which are not available anywhere else in the state or region—given by Civil War veteran Colonel Franklin Drew upon his death in 1925. The grant funded a detailed preservation assessment that helped the library preserve these valuable resources and make them more accessible to the public.

“The NEH is a phenomenal institution. Getting a grant from them solidifies that this is definitely a collection that really needs to be preserved and lets people know about it, so that it’s not lost to history.”

–Jennifer Gaenzle, Librarian and Project Director

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