Adults: $8.00; Students with ID, Seniors & AAA members: $7.00; Children 5–17: $2.00
Free for MHS members.
This Rebellion: Maine and the Civil War
Exhibit Dates: June 28, 2013 – May 26, 2014
This Rebellion showcases a rich array of MHS's Civil War collections related to Maine soldiers' experiences during and after the war.
Items in the MHS museum and library collections that help tell the human story of the Civil War inspire this exhibit. Battlefield relics, uniform parts, documents, letters, various objects, paintings, photographs, and evidence of post-war commemorative activities bring to life people and stories from the 1860s. The items people saved and passed on to descendants and ultimately to Maine Historical Society help us understand the variety of experiences of soldiers and civilians and the meanings the war had to those involved.
A Memorial Wall presents the names of members of Maine regiments who died during the war. It lists their names, ranks, regiments, and hometowns. The wall also lists those who were missing in action.
In addition, visitors can read letters from soldiers, their families, and others, as well as listen to selected letters being read and to music of the Civil War era.
View the online version of this exhibit.
With gratitude to our sponsors:
- BHA Foundation Fund
- Elsie A. Brown Fund
- Patriot Insurance Company
- The Phineas W. Sprague Memorial Foundation
From Chop Suey to Washington Pie: Maine Menus
Exhibit Dates: February 24 thru April 2014
This exhibit highlights a wonderful collection of menus from all over the state of Maine; as far north as Greenville, as far south as York, as far west as the Rangeley Lakes, as well as from the coastal towns and islands. There are also examples "from away," from ships, our nation's capital, and from London--all of which relate to Maine or Maine people.
As with many ephemeral objects, these menus represent places that have been torn down, burned, or remodeled. Whether destinations on a tourist route, or convenient roadside stops frequented by locals, they evoke a different era, when fish dinners cost 75 cents, and one could have their lobster served pickled. They tell of the people and events in our history, such as the Civil War, World War II, transatlantic voyages, and Maine's poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Menus reveal how people lived, and entertain us with their color and (sometimes inadvertent) humor.
Dating from 1882 to 1949, these menus are a fascinating resource that show us what people ate in times past, both plain and fancy. Some of the offerings are more familiar, but others may perplex and even mystify. All will make you either hungry--or thankful that some foods are no longer served!
This show was organized by Nancy Noble, MHS Archivist/Cataloger and is made possible by funding from Rabelais: Fine Books on Food & Drink, in Biddeford and online.