Mission

The mission of the Gannett House Project 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.

Educating through Outreach

American democracy is predicated on the participation of an active and informed citizenry. It is the vision of the Gannett House Project 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 tenant of our Constitution.

Repurposing a Historic 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.

The slates are going up. If you pass by the Gannett House, you'll see that the front dormers are now fully re-slated. Progress on the roof restoration is moving swiftly.

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The Gannett House is the keeper of the Maine Press Association Wall of Fame. Today we're remembering Richard Dudman. In an archived interview with Maine Public, Dudman shared what he tells young journalists: “I tell them first, they’re performing a vital function. Because a democracy that’s not an informed democracy is going to fail.”

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