Abbe Museum Resources for Native American History

Since the passage of LD291: An Act to Require Teaching Maine Native American History and Culture in Maine’s Schools the Abbe Museum has been creating resources to aid teachers in gaining the knowledge and comfort they need to teach about the Wabanaki people in their classrooms.

As part of this effort, the Abbe Museum is experimenting with offering online teacher webinars. Our inaugural webinar will take place on May 11, 2016, from 3:00-4:30pm and give teachers tips on how to: evaluate resource materials, choose the correct vernacular to talk about the Wabanaki people, ways to integrate Wabanaki information into discussions they are already having with their students. During this webinar teachers will also have the opportunity to ask questions of the Abbe Museum Education Team.

To sign up for this webinar teachers should contact Jen Heindel by email at:

If you are planning an upcoming teacher in-service and would like a member of the Abbe Museum’s Education Team to come present we would be happy to work with you to develop a presentation which fits your teacher’s needs. Under our current grant, these are being offered free to interested schools. Contact Jen Heindel ( to arrange a presentation for your next in-service day.

Also, this fall the Abbe Museum will launch their Educator’s Hub webpage with links to resources such as:
Curriculum developed by the Penobscot and Mi’kmaq Tribes
Lesson plans aligned with state learning results
Vetted list of resources broken down by grade level and topic which will be updated  periodically as new resources are reviewed.
Videos of interviews and programs presented by Tribal community members.
The Passamaquoddy Traveling Trunk which contains not only background information and lesson plans but also real and simulated artifacts.


Jen Heindel
Abbe Museum

Jen Heindel
Museum Educator
Abbe Museum
In Association with the Smithsonian Institution

26 Mount Desert Street
PO Box 286
Bar Harbor, ME 04609


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