The National Endowment for the Arts will help a Rockport organization collect and document the personal stories of more Mainers by allowing it to launch a new effort in Brunswick.

With a $15,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant, Story Bank Maine plans to expand its efforts to record Mainers’ stories by training volunteers with the Five Rivers Arts Alliance in Brunswick to interview Mainers in the area.

“So many important pieces of Maine’s history and culture aren’t written down — they’re kept in memory and stories told for generations,” said U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, in a news release. “Collecting these stories is critical to preserving our state’s culture, and listening to the great way Maine people tell them is really captivating.”

Inspired by StoryCorps, a national effort to audio record people’s stories, Rockport-based Cultural Resources Inc. has been training volunteers to interview fellow Mainers for the last three years. They have collected dozens of stories featuring unique parts of Maine history and lifestyle, including ones about cutting hay, growing up Jewish in Maine, and farming life in Bowdoinham.

“Storytelling is such an important part of Maine’s culture,” said Cultural Resources Executive Director Kathleen Mundell. “Mainers appreciate it when these stories are highlighted and they love hearing about the places that are close to them.”

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