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K-12 Education at Osher Map Library


In compliance with University of Maine System and University of Southern Maine directives related to Covid-19, we are unable to offer onsite Field Trips or in-person Classroom Visits for the 2020-2021 academic year. We are uncertain if we will be able to welcome classes in-person during the 2021-2022 academic year. We will know by the end of summer 2021, and will update our offerings accordingly.

Instead, we are offering free interactive Virtual Field Trips to be hosted synchronously over Google Meets for groups of 10 to 35 (per session). Themes currently available include:

Theme(s) for Grades K-2:
     • “All About Maps”
Theme(s) for Grades 3-5:
     • “World Geography & Landforms”
     • “United States Geography”
     • “New England Geography”
     • “Maine Geography”
Theme(s) for Grades 6-8:
     • Two-Part “World Maps & Geography”
     • “United States Geography”
     • “Maine History in Maps”
     • “Maine Geography”
     • “New England Geography”
Theme(s) for Grades 9+:
     • “World Maps in History”
     • “Maine History in Maps”

CLICK HERE to Request Virtual Field Trip

We are hard at work creating additional Virtual Field Trip themes; if you have any requests or recommendations, please send them to Renee Keul at, and please also consider filling out our short Educator Survey Form

Classroom Activity Kits Available for Borrow

Available for teachers within a 30 minute drive from Portland, our Classroom Activity Kits include high-quality printed reproductions of map sets as well as a variety of age-appropriate worksheet activities, answer keys, hands-on craft or game, and all necessary instructions.

Classroom Activity Kits can be borrowed at no cost for up to a week (or more in special cases). Kits will be quarantined for 72 hours in between uses. OML educators will deliver and pick up the activity kit from your school office. Teachers outside of the 30 minute driving range can arrange to pick up the maps themselves if they wish.

Maine State History
Colonial New England
Expansion of the United States
History of Portland
World Geography & Maps

CLICK HERE to Request Classroom Activity Kit

We also have many resources that can be accessed remotely:

Educational Games
Worksheets & Activities
MapPlay Website
Learn at Home pages
     • Maine State History
     • Colonial New England
     • Growth of the United States
     • History of Portland
     • World Maps & Geography

We look forward to resuming regular programming when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, thank you for your patience and understanding. Please contact with any questions.

University-Level Instruction at OML

For Fall 2020 classes, please use the following form:

Note: Dr. Edney is on sabbatical during the 2020-2021 Academic Year

The Osher Map Library “faculty scholar” ~ currently Prof. Matthew Edney ~ is a member of the USM faculty. He teaches full courses on maps and their history, all of which meet in OML, and supervises USM and other students who seek an intern experience working with early maps.

The faculty scholar helps other faculty integrate maps into their own pedagogy and conducts guest classes for university-level courses on-site at OML. The courses for which he has given guest classes include:

American & New England Studies ~ Hispanic America; Native Peoples of North America; Practices of Everyday Life in Early America; Museums and Public Culture

Art ~ 2-D Drawing; Introduction to Printmaking: Intaglio and Relief

Community and Planning Development ~ Elements of Plan Making; Principles of Design

English ~ English Renaissance Literature and Culture; Literature of Discovery, Exploration, and Colonization; The Atlantic World in the Age of Discovery (cross-listed with History).

Geography ~ Human Geography; Cartography; Urban Geography

History ~ Colonial Latin America; Modern Latin America; Research, Reference, and Writing; History of Maine

Sociology ~ Sociology of the Body

Tourism and Hospitality ~ Tourism Product Development; Introduction to Cultural Tourism