Swan’s Island Memory Project

Welcome to the Swan’s Island Memory Project.

What is the Swan’s Island Memory Project?
This project started as a way to build a new historical collection to replace the one that was lost when the Swan’s Island Library burned to the ground July 24, 2008.  Along with all of the books destroyed in the library fire, historical artifacts, cassette recordings, old photographs, and much of the Island’s past perished as well.

The Swan’s Island Memory Project was started as a collaboration of the Swan’s Island Historical Society and Island Institute, through their Fellows program.  In November 2009,  Meghan Vigeant arrived on Swan’s Island to work as the historic preservation fellow and the Swan’s Island Memory Project was born.  Meghan, her advisors Gwen May and Donna Wiegle, and other volunteer community members began working together to gather stories and photographs of the community’s past.

SIMP, short for Swan’s Island Memory Project, has been an incredibly successful project in its first two years.  Meghan’s skills in recording, interviewing and audio editing have produced a large number of oral histories from members of the island community.  Excerpts from many of those interviews are available for listening on this website. 

In December 2009, the arrival of an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner helped the Swan’s Island Memory Project begin its historical digital photo collection portion of the project.  Volunteers were recruited and trained in the proper techniques of handling historic photographs, identification of the photographs and  proper scanning techniques.  Photographs are currently being collected from community members and from other archival collections around the state.  Those images should be available on this website soon.

Meghan’s fellowship ended in September 2011 and a new Island Institute fellow, Kate Webber, has arrived on the island to help continue the work of the Swan’s Island Historical Society. 

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