Maine Historical Society



Current Exhibitions

Partner Place National Trust for Historic Preservation

Admission to gallery: Free for MHS members. Non-Members: Adults - $8.00; Students with ID, Seniors & AAA members - $7.00; Children 6-17: $3; 5 and under, free.
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Maine Historical Society is one of more than 2,000 museums across America offering free admission to military personnel and their families in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense. We are proud to be a Blue Star Museum.

World War I and the Maine Experience

February 3 through June 4, 2017
MHS Gallery

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Known as "The War to End All Wars", World War I ended nothing. 2017 marks the 100th Anniversary of American involvement in the first World War, and an opportunity to reflect on the tremendous impact it continues to have on American politics, society and culture. Our exhibition, World War I and the Maine Experience places emphasis on Maine's attitude towards the conflict, the cultural rhetoric of the period, and the service and sacrifice of Maine citizens on the front and at home.

It also explores the role the media played in public opinion, and highlights how Maine's economy, population, and development reflected and reacted to the global issues at hand. Through exhibited objects including posters, pamphlets, and political cartoons, the exhibition depicts a nation rallying together to support its allies and "preserve liberty." Also on view are uniforms and period clothing, military documents, and weaponry including a ca. 1895 Colt-Browning machine gun, as well as a rich collection of photographs and letters demonstrating the veteran experience, the complexities of reintegration, and the comradery of service.

This exhibition is made possible by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust and the Margaret Burnham Charitable Trust.


Veterans' Voices

Exhibition opens January 12, 2017; closes May 28, 2017
Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. Lecture Hall

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There are approximately 127,000 veterans living in Maine today, and their histories are as diverse as their backgrounds. Veterans' Voices features first-person stories from veterans spanning World War II to the Afghanistan wars—all ordinary people who have done extraordinary things in trying times.

Veterans' Voices is the inaugural exhibition drawn from My Maine Stories, Maine Historical Society's new online storytelling portal that, for the first time, opens Maine Memory Network to individual contributors to tell and archive their own personal histories. These veteran stories and other general contributions about Maine can be found at:

With sponsorship support from The Simmons Foundation.

Making Paper, Making Maine

Exhibition on view June 2 through October 28, 2017
Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. Lecture Hall

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Paper has shaped Maine's economy, molded individual and community identities, and impacted the environment throughout Maine. When Hugh Chisholm opened the Otis Falls Pulp Company in Jay in 1888, the mill was one of the most modern paper-making facilities in the country, and was connected to national and global markets. For the next century, Maine was an international leader in the manufacture of pulp and paper. Making Paper, Making Maine recognizes the historic transition taking place in Maine's paper industry, and asks, what's next for Maine's economy?

This exhibition is generously supported by The Elsie A. Brown Fund, Inc.

Millworker stories and other general contributions about Maine can be found at: