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 Eats: The Food Revolution Starts Here

Exhibition on view March 2, 2018 through February 9, 2019
MHS Gallery

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From iconic lobsters, blueberries, potatoes, apples, and maple syrup, to local favorites like poutine, baked beans, red hot dogs, Italian sandwiches, and Whoopie Pies, Maine's identity and economy are inextricably linked to food. Now, a food revolution is taking us back to our roots toward the traditional sources, preparation, and pleasures of eating food that have sustained Mainers for millennia.

Using historical and contemporary stories of individual people and communities, Maine Eats: The Food Revolution Starts Here, tells the Maine food story. Throughout the interactive exhibition, visitors are invited to engage their senses and to think deeply about the past, present and future of Maine's relationship with food.

Maine Eats is supported by Hannaford Supermarkets, Amato's, BHA Foundation Fund, Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust, and Maine magazine.


Eye in the Sky

Exhibition on view April 11 through September 30, 2018
Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. Lecture Hall

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Guy Gannett's consolidation of Portland newspapers allowed him to combine two of his passions: photography and aviation. Gannett was an innovator in the field, highlighting local interest stories with heavy illustration during the 1920s and 30s. Featuring aerial photographs from MHS' Portland Press Herald glass negative collection, the Eye in the Sky exhibition provides a glimpse at the past through one of Maine's most significant media influences. It also highlights the glass negative collection's large-scale digitization effort, funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).