Originally published in Castine Patriot, July 12, 2018
Castine nonprofits receive project grants
The Castine History Partners, a coalition of Castine’s nonprofits and town government, are developing an interactive-learning project focused on the history of Castine.
Thanks to two recent grants, the Castine Virtual Tour project will launch in September as an online alternative to the popular walking tour map of Castine sponsored by the Castine Merchants Association, according to a news release. The virtual tour will allow users to have a deeper understanding and connection with Castine’s rich history.
The Castine History Partners received a $4,000 grant from the Hancock County Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. The Maine Community Foundation, now in its 35th year, works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. In addition, the Partners received a $900 grant from the Maine Humanities Council, which brings people together in conversation crossing social, economic, and cultural barriers.
Members of the Castine History Partners include the Castine Historical Society, Maine Maritime Academy, the Town of Castine, Wilson Museum, and Witherle Memorial Library. The group began meeting in the spring of 2017 with the goal of finding a collaborative project that would benefit the town and further the missions of the partners.
Using the firm OnCell, the mobile and web-based application will be a walking and driving tour taking in 25 key historic sites in Castine. Thanks to digital technology, the tour will provide not only historic content, but historic photos, videos, and audio that will enrich the tour experience.
The project’s goals are to create excitement for history in Castine, meet the growing demand for information about Castine’s history, encourage increased tourism, and build partnerships among Castine’s cultural institutions and the town.
“This marvelous collaborative effort between nonprofits in Castine is implementing 21st century technology to help young and old interpret our rich history,” said Castine Town Manager Jimmy Goodson. “Come for a tour—or come for a lifetime!”