The mission of the First Amendment Museum at the Gannett House is to examine the history and promote the practice and understanding of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. The Gannett family’s local, state, and national involvement in such history and practice will set the stage for the examination of these freedoms around the world.

The museum is repurposing the home of Maine newspaper publisher Guy P. Gannett as an interactive First Amendment museum honoring the Gannett family legacy.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
The 1A in your words from participants in First Amendment Museum programming.
The 1A in your words from participants in First Amendment Museum programming.

Inspiring through Outreach

American democracy is predicated on the participation of an active and informed citizenry. It is the vision of the First Amendment Museum at the Gannett House to engage the citizens of Maine and beyond as stewards of the First Amendment as the guardian of our democracy and to inspire future generations to practice and protect this vital tenet of our Constitution.

Repurposing a Landmark

The Gannett House is one of a trio of significant properties representing key aspects of governance—the Capitol, home to the citizens’ Legislature, the Blaine House, home to Maine’s Governor, and the Guy P. Gannett House, home to one of Maine’s most influential journalists and business leaders.

Honoring a Legacy

Guy P. Gannett founded the Guy Gannett Publishing Company as an "institution to be managed for the public good." What started with a publishing venture that merged Portland’s newspapers together as the Portland Press Herald, grew into a major communications firm operating newspapers, radio, and television stations around the country.

Check out Maine Historical's exhibit Eye in the Sky. It features images from MHS' Portland Press Herald glass negative collection. Guy Gannett brought together his passion for aviation and community news and reporting in the work of the media company he established while living at the Gannett House.

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