The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies is based in Portland, Maine and their mission is "to educate and promote documentary storytellers." The Institute was started in 1973 when a high school English teacher named Pamela Wood founded the organization in Kennebunk. Since then, over 700 students from all over the country and the world have attended Salt. First-time visitors should click on the Programs tab to learn about their many creative programs, which include writing, radio, and photography. The "Events & Exhibits" area allows users to learn about their film viewings, galleries, and other activities. Also, visitors should sign up to receive their free newsletter for updates about upcoming events and so on.