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
Dear Old Maine, I'm Coming Back: Home & Hearth Reflected in the Maine Historical Society Sheet Music Collection
Exhibit Dates: November 1 thru January 2014
This collection of eye-catching sheet music cover art contains a recurrent theme of Maine and New England as a place to come home to, a place of nostalgia - no matter how far one roams. Whether keeping warm inside by the hearth, or outside enjoying winter scenery, Maine, for many, embodies the idea of winter being a time to return to family roots, and the familiar scenes and traditions of youth.
Whichever holidays you celebrate--Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, the Winter Solstice, New Year's Day--the winter season can generate complex emotions, happiness tinged with melancholy, hopefulness mingled with yearning. These themes are expressed in the lyrics you see here, perfect for this time of year when many come home for the holidays, if only in their mind.
This exhibit is curated by Nancy Noble, MHS Archivist, with help from Holly Hurd-Forsyth, MHS Registrar, and is on view in the Shettleworth Lecture Hall.