Maine Historical Society

MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

PRESERVING HISTORY
ENGAGING MINDS
CONNECTING MAINE

A Past Exhibit

400 Years of New Mainers

Exhibition on view February 4 through May 30, 2016
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 highlighted 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 included the centuries-long history of immigration in Maine.

This exhibition and related programs were 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.

Online Exhibition