Dirigo is the motto of the State of Maine and is Latin for ‘I direct’ or ‘I lead.’ Maine was once the first State to hold elections annually which inspired the sentiment, “As Maine goes, so goes the nation.” When the State seal was adopted, which also features the word Dirigo as well as the image of the North Star, the following text was included in the resolution, “…as the Polar Star has been considered the mariner’s guide and director in conducting the ship over the pathless ocean to the desired haven, and as the center of magnetic attraction; as it has been figuratively used to denote the point, to which all affections turn, and as it is here intended to represent the State, it may be considered the citizens’ guide, and the object to which the patriot’s best exertions should be directed.”
Membership in the Museum’s NEW Dirigo Circle is made up of individuals who make gifts to the Museum totaling $1,000 or more annually. These giving leaders are like the North Star to the Museum. Their gifts lead the way for others and allow the Museum to chart a course towards a vibrant future.
Starting immediately, members of the Dirigo Circle can deepen their involvement with the Museum including:
- Invitations to exclusive events just for Dirigo Circle Members
- Private custom-themed and/or behind the scenes tours lead by the Executive Director for you and your guests when scheduled in advance
- Dirigo Circle supporters typically make their gifts over and above their annual membership support. Those who are not already members will receive a complimentary family level membership that provides free admission and other benefits.