Maine Historical Society



Current Exhibitions

Admission to gallery: Adults - $8.00; Students with ID, Seniors & AAA members - $7.00; Children 6-17: $3; 5 and under, free
Free for MHS members.

400 Years of New Mainers

Exhibition on view February 4 through April 2
MHS Gallery

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Every day we are bombarded with stories of immigration. Controversy aside, immigration is America's oldest tradition, and along with religious tolerance, what our nation was built upon.

The history of immigration in Maine is happening today, and is in constant flux. 400 Years of New Mainers highlights personal stories of immigration through photographer Jan Pieter van Voorst van Beest's contemporary portraits of "New Mainers" and original works by street artist Pigeon displayed among items from MHS's permanent collection. The show's narrative includes the centuries-long history of immigration in Maine.

Open to the public through April 2, 2016 during regular museum hours, and is included in regular museum admission. This exhibition and related programs are supported by the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust and The Second Abraham S. and Fannie B. Levey Foundation.


Imbued with Hues

December 4, 2015 - February 27, 2016
Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. Lecture Hall

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Maine has always been a colorful place - from our autumnal foliage to our rich green fields and crisp blue sky, people have always enjoyed Maine in full color. But the black and white technology of our historical photographs do not capture that color, often leaving us with an impression of the past as distant and different. Portland artist Patty Allison brings historical images to life by colorizing them, showing the Maine of our past in the full color in which it was originally experienced.

For the exhibition Imbued with Hues, Patty Allison colorized select images from the Maine Historical Society collection. Never before seen in full color, these images document Maine's places and its people. Patty's attention to historical accuracy and interest in images that demonstrate typical daily activity provide us with a rich perspective of life in Maine.

Patty's colorized images appearing in this exhibition are available for sale as prints through the Maine Historical Society store.

This exhibiton is sponsored by Malone Commercial Brokers.