Maine Historical Society

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Upcoming Programs & Events

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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.

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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.

May Programs

Tuesday, May 30, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Book Talk: Southern Ladies and Suffragists: Julia Ward Howe and Women’s Rights at the 1884 New Orleans World’s Fair

Book Talk: <i>Southern Ladies and Suffragists: Julia Ward Howe and Women’s Rights at the 1884 New Orleans World’s Fair</i>

Activist Julia Ward Howe could create quite a stir. She did just that when developers of a Deep South international exposition called her to head the Woman’s Department at that event. Urban historian Miki Pfeffer tells how the question “Why Howe?” drove the research for her book. Her inquiry included a visit to the archives of the Maine Historical Society. Pfeffer will tell what she uncovered about Howe’s stumbles and triumphs when in unfamiliar Dixieland for six months. She will also show visuals from the World’s Fair that, in part, opened the region around New Orleans to strong-minded women and thoughts of suffrage.

Free & open to the public!

June Programs

Friday, June 2, 5:00 – 8:00 pm

First Friday Art Walk: Making Paper, Making Maine & First Friday Fiction

First Friday Art Walk: <i>Making Paper, Making Maine</i> & First Friday Fiction

Celebrate the opening of our newest exhibition Making Paper, Making Maine!

Paper has shaped Maine’s economy, molded individual and community identities, and impacted the environment throughout Maine. When the Otis Falls Pulp Company was opened by Hugh Chisholm in Jay in 1888, the mill was one of the most modern paper-making facilities in the country, and was connected to national and global markets. For the next century, Maine was an international leader in the manufacture of pulp and paper.

Making Paper, Making Maine recognizes the historic transition taking place in Maine’s paper industry, and asks, what’s next for Maine’s economy?

MHS Executive Director Steve Bromage, the exhibition's curator, will make remarks at 6:15pm.

PLUS! At 6:30pm in the Longfellow Garden is the launch of Portland Magazine’s First Friday Fiction series, a monthly First Friday gathering showcasing an author whose work has previously been published in Portland Magazine. This month is Portland author Brian Daly.

Free & open to the public 5-8pm during Art Walk.

Saturday, June 3, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

MHS 195th Annual Meeting

Alan Caron

Alan Caron

Please join us for MHS’s 195th Annual Meeting! The day’s program will consider the past and future of Maine's rural economy. As we prepare for Maine’s Bicentennial in 2020, economic development is a pressing issue throughout the state. The keynote will be delivered by Alan Caron, columnist for the Maine Sunday Telegram and Central Maine newspapers, author of Maine's Next Economy, and founder of Envision Maine. Caron is working with partners, communities, and leaders throughout Maine to develop a vision for Maine’s economy that draws on traditional strengths, including innovation and natural resources. Attendees will get an inside look at the new exhibit Making Paper, Making Maine which recognizes the historic shifts going on in Maine’s paper industry, and be the first to see recently-acquired collections from Great Northern Paper Co. that aren’t available to the public yet.

SCHEDULE
9:30–10am: REGISTRATION AND COFFEE

10–11am: BUSINESS MEETING
+ Welcome
+ Minutes of June 4, 2016
+ Moment of Remembrance
+ Chair’s Report
+ Treasurer’s Report
+ Executive Director’s Report
+ Report of Inspectors of Elections

PRESENTATION OF AWARDS
+ James Phinney Baxter Award: Mazie Hough
+ Elizabeth Ring Service Award: Tessa Surette
+ Neal W. Allen, Jr. History Award: Nathan Lipfert
+ Trustee Recognition Award: Jeff Miller and Horace Horton

CLOSING REMARKS

11am: BREAK

11:15–12pm: KEYNOTE: How Maine’s Past is Shaping the Next Economy by Alan Caron

12pm: BOX LUNCH

1pm: ACTIVITIES
+ Curator’s Tour: Making Paper, Making Maine with Executive Director and Exhibit Curator Steve Bromage
+ New Collections: Great Northern Paper, Co. and family material from Millinocket
+ My Maine Stories: Share your Maine story on Maine Memory Network’s new storytelling portal: mainememory.net/mymainestories

$25 MHS Members; $30 general admission. To register by phone call MHS Donor Relations Manager Kate Raymond at (207) 774-1822 ext. 216.

Register online today!

Tuesday, June 13, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Special Performance: The Lomax Folk Project

Special Performance: The Lomax Folk Project

Join us for an evening of live music from the Lomax Folk Project, a five-piece band performing songs collected and archived by John and Alan Lomax for the American Archive of Folk Music. This evening's performance will highlight music gathered in Maine.

John and Alan Lomax pioneered recording folklore by traveling across the United States. The father-son duo interviewed, recorded and learned from artists such as Leadbelly, Jean Ritchie and Muddy Waters. Together, they helped shape American music by influencing such artists as Jeff Buckley, Mumford and Sons, and Ed Sherran; all of whom have recorded folk classics from the Lomax collection. Hannah Grantham and Amanda Ekery created the Lomax Folk Project to commemorate the 150th anniversary of John Lomax in 2017 and celebrate American Folk Music with audiences.

The Lomax Folk Project explores the vast repertoire recorded by the Lomaxes for the American Archive of Folk Music, located at the Library of Congress. A five-piece band comprised of guitar, voices, keyboard, drums and bass, recreates these classics and invites audiences to join in. Ekery has arranged each of the songs, some being performed in an authentic way and some being reimagined with new harmony and melodic figures. Grantham, a musicologist, has researched the history of each song and spent years compiling stories about the artists, instrumentation, and time periods.

Free for MHS Members; $8 general admission.

Register today!

Thursday, June 15, 07:30 am – 7:00 pm

2017 Boston Bus Trip

Harry Carr's Second Jitney, Sanford, ca 1914. Collections of Sanford-Springvale Historical Society (MMN #16777).

Harry Carr's Second Jitney, Sanford, ca 1914. Collections of Sanford-Springvale Historical Society (MMN #16777).

Join Maine Historical Society & Greater Portland Chapter of Maine Genealogical Society on Thursday, June 15 for a trip to Boston! There are two options for the trip: New England Historic and Genealogical Society or JFK Library & Museum and Columbia Point in Boston.

7:30am Bus Departs: Park & Ride on Marginal Way (across from World Gym and Port City Flooring). Bus returns approximately 7:00pm.

Option 1: The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS)
NEHGS houses more than 200,000 genealogical and historical volumes, over one million manuscripts, as well as census records, vital records, deeds, probates, military records, plus the latest resources in print, microtext, and CD-Rom. The bus will drop you off at the door of the society. From this location you can also walk to Boston Public Library, Trinity Church, Newbury Street shops and the Hancock Building and shops.

+ Arrive NEHGS: 10:00 (drop-off at door)
+ Lunch: On your own at one of the many fine eateries near Copley Square, or bring you own and eat in the NEHGS lunchroom.
+ Depart NEHGS: 4:30 (Copley Square, near Trinity Church)

Option 2: JFK Library and Columbia Point
In addition to admission to the regular museum exhibits, visitors will receive a special introduction and be able to view the Ernest Hemingway Room, designed to resemble his residence in Cuba—complete with a lion rug and other Hemingway artifacts. In the afternoon, you can choose to visit the Edward M Kennedy Institute (additional $14.00 with your JFK ticket), the Commonwealth Museum featuring Paul Revere’s engraving of the Boston Massacre and an original manuscript copy of the Bill of Rights (free), or stroll along the Harbor Walk trail. The bus will pick up visitors from the JKF parking lot at 4:00.

+ Arrive at JFK: 10:30 (drop-off at bus parking)
+ Lunch: On your own. There are nice cafés in both the JFK Library and EMK Institute. (JFK asks larger bags remain on bus, so bringing a lunch is not advised).
+ Depart JKF: 4:00 (Bus Parking Lot)

***Please Note: The optional visit to the Edward M Kennedy Institute will be $14 at the door with your JKF Ticket ($12 for seniors, youth and veterans). The Commonwealth Museum and Harbor Walk are free activities.

To pay by check, please email Tiffany Link (tlink@mainehistory.org) to request a registration form.

To pay online, click here.

Tuesday, June 20, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Beer in the Garden: Privateers

Beer in the Garden: Privateers

Join us for beer and snacks, a rare opportunity to enjoy our historic garden at night, and a chance to see some very special artifacts from our collections!

Free for MHS Members; $5 general admission. Must be 21+. RSVP not required – drop in any time! Apply your program fee to MHS membership!

Beer in the Garden is sponsored by Shipyard Brewing Company.

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.

Monday, July 10 – Friday, July 14, 2017

Junior Docent Camp: Session 1 (grades 3-5)

Junior Docent Camp: Session 1 (grades 3-5)

Ever wonder what life was like before video games? Looking for a chance to step back in time? Want to be a history detective? Then Junior Docent Camp at MHS is for you! Participants in Junior Docent Camp will explore life in 18th and 19th century Portland and go behind the scenes at some of Maine's premiere historic locations and museums.

Junior Docent Camp I (for 3rd-5th grade campers; July 10-14, 9am-1pm) is based at Maine Historical Society and the Wadsworth-Longfellow House, the boyhood home of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Junior Docent Camp II (for 6th-8th grade and returning JDC 1 campers; July 24-28, 9am-2pm) is based at Maine Historical Society and Victoria Mansion. Both camps offer a fun mix of indoor and outdoor activities including historic games, gardening, crafts, cooking, and storytelling. Learn how the people of Portland's past lived, played, dined, studied and what it's like to work at a history museum!

Scholarships are available for those who qualify. To register or request more information, contact the Manager of Education and Interpretive Programs at (207) 774-1822 ext. 214 or kneumann@mainehistory.org.

Tuesday, July 18, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Beer in the Garden: The Founding Fathers

Beer in the Garden: The Founding Fathers

Join us for beer and snacks, a rare opportunity to enjoy our historic garden at night, and a chance to see some very special artifacts from our collections!

Free for MHS Members; $5 general admission. Must be 21+. RSVP not required – drop in any time! Apply your program fee to MHS membership!

Beer in the Garden is sponsored by Shipyard Brewing Company.

Monday, July 24 – Friday, July 28, 2017

In partnership with Victoria Mansion
Junior Docent Camp: Session 2 (grades 6-8 and Session 1 grads)

Junior Docent Camp: Session 2 (grades 6-8 and Session 1 grads)

Ever wonder what life was like before video games? Looking for a chance to step back in time? Want to be a history detective? Then Junior Docent Camp at MHS is for you! Participants in Junior Docent Camp will explore life in 18th and 19th century Portland and go behind the scenes at some of Maine's premiere historic locations and museums.

Junior Docent Camp I (for 3rd-5th grade campers; July 10-14, 9am-1pm) is based at Maine Historical Society and the Wadsworth-Longfellow House, the boyhood home of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Junior Docent Camp II (for 6th-8th grade and returning JDC 1 campers; July 24-28, 9am-2pm) is based at Maine Historical Society and Victoria Mansion. Both camps offer a fun mix of indoor and outdoor activities including historic games, gardening, crafts, cooking, and storytelling. Learn how the people of Portland's past lived, played, dined, studied and what it's like to work at a history museum!

Scholarships are available for those who qualify. To register or request more information, contact the Manager of Education and Interpretive Programs at (207) 774-1822 ext. 214 or kneumann@mainehistory.org.

August Programs

Tuesday, August 15, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Beer in the Garden: Botanical History

Beer in the Garden: Botanical History

Join us for beer and snacks, a rare opportunity to enjoy our historic garden at night, and a chance to see some very special artifacts from our collections!

Free for MHS Members; $5 general admission. Must be 21+. RSVP not required – drop in any time! Apply your program fee to MHS membership!

Beer in the Garden is sponsored by Shipyard Brewing Company.

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.

Tuesday, September 19, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Beer in the Garden: Historic Firearms

Beer in the Garden: Historic Firearms

Join us for beer and snacks, a rare opportunity to enjoy our historic garden at night, and a chance to see some very special artifacts from our collections!

Free for MHS Members; $5 general admission. Must be 21+. RSVP not required – drop in any time! Apply your program fee to MHS membership!

Beer in the Garden is sponsored by Shipyard Brewing Company.

October Programs

Tuesday, October 17, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Beer in the Garden: Past Medicinal Practices

Beer in the Garden: Past Medicinal Practices

Join us for beer and snacks, a rare opportunity to enjoy our historic garden at night, and a chance to see some very special artifacts from our collections!

Free for MHS Members; $5 general admission. Must be 21+. RSVP not required – drop in any time! Apply your program fee to MHS membership!

Beer in the Garden is sponsored by Shipyard Brewing Company.

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.

Tuesday, November 21, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Beer in the Garden: Traditional Toys & Games

Beer in the Garden: Traditional Toys & Games

Join us for beer and snacks, a rare opportunity to enjoy our historic garden at night, and a chance to see some very special artifacts from our collections!

Free for MHS Members; $5 general admission. Must be 21+. RSVP not required – drop in any time! Apply your program fee to MHS membership!

Beer in the Garden is sponsored by Shipyard Brewing Company.

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Group Trips

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Exhibitions

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World War I and the Maine Experience
February 3 through June 4, 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 May 28, 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

 

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Making Paper, Making Maine
Exhibition on view June 2 through October 28, 2017
Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. Lecture Hall

Paper has shaped Maine's economy, molded individual and community identities, and impacted the environment throughout Maine. Making Paper, Making Maine recognizes the historic transition taking place in Maine's paper industry, and asks, what's next for Maine's economy? Read More

 

Maine Memory Network homepage

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.