The Maine Folklife Center has a four part mission: collection, preservation, study, and dissemination of the folklore and folklife of New England and the Maritime Provinces of Canada, with Maine as the nexus of that region. Research (collection and study) and exhibits (one form of dissemination) are therefor at the core of what we do.

Traveling Exhibits


Digital Exhibits

Along with publications and community engagements (like the American Folk Festival), exhibits are how the Center gives the research we collect back to the community.

Foodways: Cooking Bean-hole beans at the Common Ground Fair

Maine Song and Story Sampler

The Life and Songs of Larry Gorman

Women Folklorists

Women’s Work