Educator Professional Development

Democracy is Noisy: Civil Discourse in Maine and America

Wednesday and Thursday, August 2nd and 3rd, 2017

In partnership with the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, this two-day summer seminar program will feature guest speakers, and resources from Teaching Tolerance, the National Institute for Civil Discourse, the Newseum, and more. At the center will be a conversation of the methods of civil discourse that can be incorporated into schools.

Register for Democracy is Noisy: Civil Discourse in Maine and America

Program fees are $100 per seminar. Tuition includes light snacks and lunch. There are a limited number of stipends available for those traveling 80 miles or further from Augusta.

Classes are held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

For more information, contact Holocaust and Human Rights Center Executive Director Liz Helitzer at (207) 621-3532 or

For Kids

Speak Your Mind

July 10–14, 2017

We know you’ve got lots of opinions and guess what, it’s your First Amendment right to share them! In partnership with the Children's Discovery Museum, we’ll experiment with ways of expressing ourselves through art, storytelling, music, writing, and more. Take a stand for what you care about. We’ll cap off the week’s activities by publishing our own “zine.”

Space is limited, so call the Children's Discovery Museum at 622-2209 to make sure your child isn’t missing out!


The Bill of Rights and You

The Gannett House Project First Amendment Museum will host a pop-up exhibition from the National Archives, The Bill of Rights and You, commemorating the 225th anniversary of the ratification of this landmark document. The exhibit will be on view during upcoming programming hosted by the Gannett House.

The Bill of Rights and You spotlights one of the most remarkable periods in American history, explores the origins of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution (collectively known as the Bill of Rights), illustrates how each amendment protects U.S. citizens, and looks at how Americans exercise the rights outlined in the amendments. The Bill of Rights and You invites visitors to connect directly with the people, places, and events that mark this historic document’s evolution.

The Bill of Rights and You is organized by the National Archives and Records Administration, and traveled by the National Archives Traveling Exhibits Service (NATES). This exhibition was developed in collaboration with the National Archives’ National Outreach Initiative to commemorate the 225th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights. The exhibition is presented in part by AT&T, Seedlings Foundation, and the National Archives Foundation.

This exhibit is brought to you in collaboration with the Maine Humanities Council and the Federation of State Humanities Councils.

Educator Professional Development

The First Amendment in Your Classroom

NewseumED presents: The First Amendment and the Civil Rights Movement and Teaching Media Literacy to “Digital Natives.”
​Date: Monday, October 24, 2016
Location: Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, Michael Klahr Center, UMA 46 University Drive Augusta ME 04330

Educator Professional Development

2016 Annenberg-Newseum Summer Teacher Institute Grants

The Gannett House Project supported two Maine teachers attending the 2016 Annenberg–Newseum Summer Teacher Institute in Washington, D.C. with travel stipends. The Institute, Primarily Digital, is a valuable professional development opportunity for teachers who want to help students explore the power of free speech in print and across the digital landscape. Participating educators returned to share their experiences with other Maine teachers in the fall.