Maine Historical Society



Current Exhibitions

Admission to gallery: Adults - $8.00; Students with ID, Seniors & AAA members - $7.00; Children 6-17: $3; 5 and under, free
Free for MHS members.

400 Years of New Mainers

Exhibition on view February 4 through May 30
MHS Gallery

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Every day we are bombarded with stories of immigration. Controversy aside, immigration is America's oldest tradition, and along with religious tolerance, what our nation was built upon.

The history of immigration in Maine is happening today, and is in constant flux. 400 Years of New Mainers highlights personal stories of immigration through photographer Jan Pieter van Voorst van Beest's contemporary portraits of "New Mainers" and original works by street artist Pigeon displayed among items from MHS's permanent collection. The show's narrative includes the centuries-long history of immigration in Maine.

Open to the public through May 30, 2016 during regular museum hours, and is included in regular museum admission.

This exhibition and related programs are supported by the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust, the TD Charitable Foundation, The Second Abraham S. and Fannie B. Levey Foundation, and the University of Southern Maine Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.


Down the Allagash: Celebrating the Allagash Wilderness Waterway

May 6 through June 26, 2016
Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. Lecture Hall

Chase's Carry, 1911, MHS collection 1955, Henry L. Withee Collection

The wilderness of Maine has long been alluring to adventurers and nature lovers alike. 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, a stunning stretch of wilderness in northern Maine. This exhibit highlights the rugged beauty of the Allagash through the experiences of Henry L. Withee and Horace A. Bailey, two friends who canoed the Allagash in July of 1911.