Smithsonian Exhibit

The exhibition is complete!

Thank you to all who volunteered, helped and visited.

If you're looking for more information - check out some of the links below and The Smithsonian Website for more information.

Thank you to Local Sponsors:

Print Bangor, The Maine Humanities Council, Maine Public Library Fund - Maine State Library, The Friends of The Library and the City of Bangor Commission on Cultural Development. 

Thank you to Local Partners & Collaborators:

Maine Senior College, The Maine Science Festival, Cornerstones of Science, Maine Discovery Museum, University of Maine Museum of Art and the Emera Astronomy Center.


Congratulations to Essay Contest Winners!

The Bangor Public Library is excited to announce the Winners of the Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human? Youth Essay Contest!

The essay asked students to visit the traveling Smithsonian Exhibit titled Exploring Human Origins during its visit to the Bangor Public Library during the month of April. After their visit, they were asked to answer the following question: After viewing the Human Origins Exhibit at the Library, please tell us what you think it means to be human?

The contest was open to all Bangor School students’ grades 4-12, including public, private and home schooled students.

Prizes of gift cards were awarded for three grade categories; 4-6th grade, 7-8th grade and 9-12th grade.  The prizes were provided through grants with the Friends of the Library and the City of Bangor Commission on Cultural Development.

Over 60 entries were awarded and a selection committee picked the following winners.

In grades 4-6:

  • 1st Place Jaeda – 5th Grade Student
  • Runner Up Nuthi– 5th Grade Student
  • 3rd place Anonymous – 4th Grade

In grades 7-8:

  • 1st Place Franny -  8th Grade

In grades 9-12

  • 1st Place Tessa – 11th Grade  
  • Runner up Victor - 10th Grade
  • 3rd place Anonymous - 9th Grade