Maine Historical Society

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Upcoming Programs & Events

Events on this page: February | March | April | May | July | September | November | Ongoing Programs | Podcasts | Group Trips | Exhibitions | Regional Genealogy Events

Program fees and registration details are listed in the program description. Programs for MHS members are free or discounted. Support MHS by becoming a member today. All programs take place at our facilities at 489 Congress Street in Portland, unless otherwise noted. Click here for Directions or Parking information.

If you have questions about any of the programs listed below, please contact us at (207) 774-1822.

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Ongoing Programs

Wadsworth-Longfellow House Tours - Daily, May - October. See details.

Exhibition Galleries (self-guided) - Changing schedule, year-round. See details.

Historical Walking Tours of Portland - Daily, June - Columbus Day weekend. See details.

Library Tours - First Wednesday at noon in January, March, May, July, September, and November. See below for next scheduled tour.

February Programs

Friday, February 3, 5:00 – 8:00 pm

First Friday Art Walk

First Friday Art Walk

Come see two new exhibitions exploring Maine’s wartime experience!

World War I & the Maine Experience illustrates how Maine communities responded to, were devastated by, and memorialized the First World War. Veterans’ Voices features moving first-person stories from veterans spanning World War II to Afghanistan. These exhibitions reflect upon the tremendous impact our military history continues to have on politics, society and Maine culture today.

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of American involvement in World War I. Known as “The War to End All Wars,” World War I ended nothing. World War I & the Maine Experience explores how Maine communities responded to, were devastated by, and memorialized the First World War.

Veterans’ Voices features first-person stories from veterans spanning World War II to Afghanistan. Veterans profiled in this exhibition are all ordinary people who have done extraordinary things in trying times. While we might think we know about veterans’ service, full of combat and heroism, the personal histories of people who served in the military are often more nuanced and humble. Recounting these stories can be a brave and emotional experience.

Free & open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, February 7 – Tuesday, April 11, 2017

New England FoodScapes

New England FoodScapes

Lecture Series co-sponsored by the Food Studies Program at University of Southern Maine and Maine Historical Society

In celebration of the founding of the Food Studies program at USM, the University of Southern Maine has partnered with MHS to offer New England FoodScapes, a program series exploring the critical aspects of New England’s food systems, fisheries, politics, and history. All programs take place at Maine Historical Society at 489 Congress Street in downtown Portland. The series is open the public, with USM students encouraged to sign up for credit through USM. Interested students should contact the Food Studies Program at 780-4490.

Bring your lunch, eat up, and learn about food!

+ Tuesday, February 7, 6pm | Film: Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story. Discussion moderated by Ryan Parker of Natural Resources Council of Maine.
+ Tuesday, February 14, 12pm | John Forti, “Edible Landscapes: For Health, Habitat, Families & the Future”
+ Tuesday, February 28, 12pm | Hannah Semler, “Triangulating Food Recovery, Food Security and Economic Development”
+ Tuesday, March 7, 12pm | Amanda Beal, "Visions for the Future of Maine and New England"
+ Tuesday, March 21, 12pm | Dr. Dona Brown, “Landscapes of Self-Sufficiency: Food, Security, and the Idea of the New England Farm in the 1930’s”
+ Tuesday, April 4, 12pm | Robin Alden and Ted Ames, “Seafood is all Downstream: The Promise of River Restoration and Collaborative Action for Ocean Fisheries.”
+ Tuesday, April 11, 12pm | Kristin Reynolds, “Beyond the Kale”

This program series is offered free of charge to the public. Click HERE for more information and to register.

Tuesday, February 21 – Thursday, February 23, 2017

February Vacation History Adventures

February Vacation History Adventures

Brought to you by Maine Historical Society & Victoria Mansion

Foods of our Forefathers: Tuesday, February 21 (grades 3-6)
Learn about foods from the past and how to make them with this hands-on cooking experience!

Pastimes & Playthings: Thursday, February 23 (grades 3-6)
Discover the fun of games, toys, and other forms of entertainment that were popular in the past!

Cost is just $25 per camper. Scholarships are available for students with financial need. Adventures run from 9am-1pm at Maine Historical Society.

To register or for more information, call or email Lucinda (lhannington@victoriamansion.org / 772-4841 ext. 104) or Kathleen Neumann (kneumann@mainehistory.org / 774-1822 ext. 214).

Tuesday, February 21, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Beer in the Garden: Temperance and Prohibition

Beer in the Garden: Temperance and Prohibition

Join us for complimentary beer and snacks and a chance to see some very special artifacts from our collections (inside our Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. Lecture Hall). Our fourth Beer in the Garden event is Tuesday, February 21 on Temperance and Prohibition.

All events are 4:30-6:30pm every third Tuesday through April:

March 21: Vintage Fashion Accessories
April 18: Historic Foodways

Free for MHS Members; $5 general admission. Apply your program fee to MHS membership!

Beer in the Garden is sponsored by Shipyard Brewing Company.

March Programs

Wednesday, March 1, 12:00 pm

Intro to MHS: Library Tour

Intro to MHS: Library Tour

Tour Guide: Nicholas Noyes, Curator of Library Collections

This 45-minute tour of the Brown Library, fully renovated in 2009, takes participants throughout the library's reading rooms and behind-the-scenes into the archive, normally closed to the public. Nicholas Noyes covers the history of the building, architectural details, the basics of doing research in the library, and even shares a few treasures from the collection.

Free and open to the public. Limited to 10; sign up in advance by sending an email to nnoyes@mainehistory.org or calling 774-1822 x207.

Tuesday, March 21, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Beer in the Garden: Vintage Fashion Accessories

Beer in the Garden: Vintage Fashion Accessories

Join us for complimentary beer and snacks and a chance to see some very special artifacts from our collections (inside our historic Brown Library). Our third Beer in the Garden event is Tuesday, March 21 on Vintage Fashion Accessories.

All events are 4:30-6:30pm every third Tuesday through April:

April 18: Historic Foodways

Free for MHS Members; $5 general admission. Apply your program fee to MHS membership!

Beer in the Garden is sponsored by Shipyard Brewing Company.

April Programs

Tuesday, April 18, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Beer in the Garden: Historic Foodways

Beer in the Garden: Historic Foodways

Join us for complimentary beer and snacks, a rare opportunity to enjoy our historic garden at night – complete with a fire pit! – and a chance to see some very special artifacts from our collections (inside our historic Brown Library). Our fifth Beer in the Garden event is Tuesday, April 18 on Historic Foodways.

Free for MHS Members; $5 general admission. Apply your program fee to MHS membership!

Beer in the Garden is sponsored by Shipyard Brewing Company.

May Programs

Wednesday, May 3, 12:00 pm

Intro to MHS: Library Tour

Intro to MHS: Library Tour

Tour Guide: Nicholas Noyes, Curator of Library Collections

This 45-minute tour of the Brown Library, fully renovated in 2009, takes participants throughout the library's reading rooms and behind-the-scenes into the archive, normally closed to the public. Nicholas Noyes covers the history of the building, architectural details, the basics of doing research in the library, and even shares a few treasures from the collection.

Free and open to the public. Limited to 10; sign up in advance by sending an email to nnoyes@mainehistory.org or calling 774-1822 x207.

Friday, May 12 – Saturday, May 13, 2017

Longfellow's Cocktail Party & Magical History Tour

Longfellow's Cocktail Party & Magical History Tour

Join us for our third annual exploration of fascinating historic sites in Portland that you've never seen – and maybe didn’t even know existed! We’ve gained access to very special places that will delight and intrigue adults and kids alike. The mystery sites will be revealed at a cocktail party we’re hosting on Friday, May 12 – and even the location of the party is part of the fun. Mr. Longfellow's Cocktail Party will be held at the historic State Theatre.

+ Longfellow's Cocktail Party: Friday, May 12, 5:30-8:30pm at the State Theatre
+ Magical History Tour: Saturday, May 13, 10am-4pm at secret sites around Portland

Buy tickets today!

July Programs

Wednesday, July 5, 12:00 pm

Intro to MHS: Library Tour

Intro to MHS: Library Tour

Tour Guide: Nicholas Noyes, Curator of Library Collections

This 45-minute tour of the Brown Library, fully renovated in 2009, takes participants throughout the library's reading rooms and behind-the-scenes into the archive, normally closed to the public. Nicholas Noyes covers the history of the building, architectural details, the basics of doing research in the library, and even shares a few treasures from the collection.

Free and open to the public. Limited to 10; sign up in advance by sending an email to nnoyes@mainehistory.org or calling 774-1822 x207.

September Programs

Wednesday, September 6, 12:00 pm

Intro to MHS: Library Tour

Intro to MHS: Library Tour

Tour Guide: Nicholas Noyes, Curator of Library Collections

This 45-minute tour of the Brown Library, fully renovated in 2009, takes participants throughout the library's reading rooms and behind-the-scenes into the archive, normally closed to the public. Nicholas Noyes covers the history of the building, architectural details, the basics of doing research in the library, and even shares a few treasures from the collection.

Free and open to the public. Limited to 10; sign up in advance by sending an email to nnoyes@mainehistory.org or calling 774-1822 x207.

November Programs

Wednesday, November 1, 12:00 pm

Intro to MHS: Library Tour

Intro to MHS: Library Tour

Tour Guide: Nicholas Noyes, Curator of Library Collections

This 45-minute tour of the Brown Library, fully renovated in 2009, takes participants throughout the library's reading rooms and behind-the-scenes into the archive, normally closed to the public. Nicholas Noyes covers the history of the building, architectural details, the basics of doing research in the library, and even shares a few treasures from the collection.

Free and open to the public. Limited to 10; sign up in advance by sending an email to nnoyes@mainehistory.org or calling 774-1822 x207.

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Group Trips

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Exhibitions

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World War I and the Maine Experience
Opens February 3, 2017
Museum Gallery

Known as "The War to End All Wars", World War I ended nothing. 2017 marks the 100th Anniversary of American involvement in the first World War, and an opportunity to reflect on the tremendous impact it continues to have on American politics, society and culture. Our exhibition, World War I and the Maine Experience places emphasis on Maine's attitude towards the conflict, the cultural rhetoric of the period, and the service and sacrifice of Maine citizens on the front and at home. Read More

 

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Veterans' Voices
Opens January 12, 2017; closes April 29, 2017
Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. Lecture Hall

Veterans' Voices features first-person stories from veterans spanning World War II to the Afghanistan wars—all ordinary people who have done extraordinary things in trying times. This is the inaugural exhibition drawn from My Maine Stories, Maine Historical Society's new online storytelling portal: mainememory.net/mymainestories. Read More

 

Maine Memory Network

Offers online access to numerous Web–based exhibits and a constantly growing collection of nearly 45,000 historical documents, images, and objects contributed by as many as 270 organizations around Maine. New exhibits added regularly. Go to www.mainememory.net.

Regional Genealogy Programs, Events, and Conferences

Find out about regional conferences and other family history instruction and workshops.