Maine Historical Society



Current Exhibits

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

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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:

From Slavery to Maine

Exhibit Dates: April 4 - May 26, 2014

John Nichols, Lewiston, ca. 1880
John Nichols, Lewiston, ca. 1880

A number of former slaves, probably several hundred, settled in Maine during and after the Civil War. Some came through the auspices of Gen. Oliver Otis Howard, a native of Leeds and head of the Freedman's Bureau; some with individual soldiers, and others on their own. Letters, photographs, and newspaper articles tell the story of a few of the former slaves who came to Maine in the 1860s.

This show can be viewed in the Shettleworth Lecture Hall at MHS, and was curated by Candace Kanes, Historian and Maine Memory Network Curator.