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

Tuesday, February 14 – 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 14, 12pm | John Forti, “Edible Landscapes: For Health, Habitat, Families & the Future”
+ Tuesday, February 28, 12pm | Hannah Semler, “Triangulating Food Recovery, Food Security & 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”
+ Tuesday, April 18, 6pm | Film: Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story. Discussion moderated by Ryan Parker of Natural Resources Council of Maine.

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

Monday, February 27, 5:30 pm

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Birthday Celebration: Poetry Brings a Community Together

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Birthday Celebration: Poetry Brings a Community Together

Join Maine Historical Society in celebrating the life and legacy of Portland’s own Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and the diversity of his “beautiful town seated by the sea” on the poet’s 210th birthday!

This year we will mark Longfellow’s birthday in a very special way by honoring not only his poetry, but also his appreciation for the languages of the world. A professor of modern languages at both Bowdoin and Harvard, Longfellow could speak eight different languages and was the first American to translate Dante’s Divine Comedy into English. Today, his birthplace and hometown of Portland is a vibrant multicultural and multilingual community where dozens of different languages can be heard every day on our streets, in our schools, homes, libraries, and shops, and that is something we know Longfellow would have appreciated and celebrated!

Henry's 210th birthday celebration will feature the work of six international students from Portland High School, each of whom will read one of Longfellow’s poems that they have translated into the language of their choice. Former State Representative and historian Herb Adams will be with us well for his spirited annual reading of Paul Revere’s Ride. Join us for poetry, cake, and a special celebration of the culturally rich community that Longfellow called home – it’s not a party without you!

Free and open to the public!

March Programs

Wednesday, March 1, 12:00 pm

Intro to MHS: Library Tour (registration closed!)

Intro to MHS: Library Tour (registration closed!)

Tour Guide: Nicholas Noyes, Curator of Library Collections

Registration for this tour is now closed as we have reached capacity. The next available Library Tour is Wednesday, May 3.

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.

Friday, March 3, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Mills and Arts: A Multidisciplinary Symposium

Amy Stacey Curtis' interactive installation MEMORY at the Bates Mill in Lewiston

Amy Stacey Curtis' interactive installation MEMORY at the Bates Mill in Lewiston

MHS together with Ovations Offstage will host a dynamic panel discussion of artists who have used “the mill” as a featured character in their art-making.

Distinguished panelists include Amy Stacey Curtis, an installation artist whose work is shown in mills, most recently the Bates Mill in Lewiston; famed Maine author Monica Wood, who wrote the popular play “Papermaker,” recently at Portland Stage Company; Laura Faure, director of the Bates Dance Festival; Rachel Desgrosselliers, Executive Director of Museum LA; Steve Bromage, Executive Director of Maine Historical Society; and Anita Stewart, Executive and Artistic Director of Portland Stage.

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

Saturday, March 4, 08:00 am – 6:00 pm

Shoes! Glorious Shoes!

Sebastian Errazuriz, “The Golddigger,” “The Heartbreaker,” and “The Boss.” 3D-printed acrylonitrile-butadinene-styrene polymer, resin, and acrylic.

Sebastian Errazuriz, “The Golddigger,” “The Heartbreaker,” and “The Boss.” 3D-printed acrylonitrile-butadinene-styrene polymer, resin, and acrylic.

We invite you to join us on a tailor-made adventure admiring footwear from different nationalities and time periods while visiting the exhibition, Shoes: Pleasure and Pain, at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, MA – one of the oldest and most revered museums in America. We will be accompanied by Maine Historical Society’s very own Costume Historian, Jackie Field, who will guide us through this fun and fascinating show. Shoes: Pleasure and Pain, curated at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, will be closing on March 12 so this will be our last chance to see this amazing exhibition!

While at PEM we'll enjoy introductory remarks from Daisy Yiyou Wang, Ph.D., Curator of Chinese and East Asian Art, and have the opportunity to tour the Chinese House, a full-scale Huang family ancestral home offering a rare and rich perspective on Chinese art, architecture, and culture. After our morning at the museum, we'll enjoy a prepared lunch while relaxing at reserved seating in the atrium.

Following lunch, you'll have an opportunity to explore the rest of the museum, or visit the PEM Museum Shop where we've arranged a special 10% discount. Then we'll travel to Deerfield, NH for a special tour with artisan Molly Grant, proprietor of The Cordwainer Shop, a family-owned store where exquisite custom shoes have been crafted entirely by hand since the 1920s.

We hope you can join us for this glorious shoe-filled adventure!

Saturday, March 4, 2017
8am: Depart from Maine Historical Society (489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101) – meet in the MHS parking lot (Brown St b/w Congress St & Cumberland Ave) where complimentary parking will be available
6pm: Arrive back in Portland

Cost: $125 / MHS Members; $150 / general admission; RSVP by February 22.

Reserve your tickets TODAY!

Wednesday, March 8, 12:00 – 12:30 pm

Curator Tour: Veterans' Voices

Curator Tour: <i>Veterans' Voices</i>

Join MHS Outreach Curator Tilly Laskey for an insider’s view of the creation of the creation of the Veterans' Voices exhibit. On view through April 29, 2017.

There are approximately 127,000 veterans living in Maine today, and their histories are as diverse as their backgrounds. 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.

Free for MHS Members & Veterans; $8 general admission.

Register today!

Thursday, March 16, 5:30 pm

Story Slam with Veteran Bill Hinderer

Story Slam with Veteran Bill Hinderer

Join Vietnam Veteran Bill Hinderer as he tells two Vietnam-themed stories and then turns the mic over for audience members to share stories of their own. Come with a prepared story (anywhere from 2-10 minutes) or wait for inspiration to strike and tell your story on the spot. Stories can be any theme or subject.

Bill Hinderer of Peaks Island is a husband, father, grandfather, retired chef, and armed service veteran. He was born into a storytelling family and has been performing professionally before groups large and small for over 25 years. Bill is also the only storyteller to have performed at the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington, DC, and is presently featured in Veterans' Voices, the inaugural exhibition drawn from My Maine Stories, MHS's new online storytelling portal.

Free for MHS Members & Veterans; $5 general admission.

Register today!

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 fourth 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.

Thursday, March 23, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

A Conversation with Adam Cote

A Conversation with Adam Cote

Join us for a conversation between Adam Cote, Military Veteran, and Steve Bromage, MHS Executive Director. Guests will learn more about issues currently facing Maine’s veterans, and have an opportunity to ask their own questions. Wine and light refreshments will be served.

$5 for MHS Members & Veterans; $10 general admission.


Register today!

April Programs

Wednesday, April 5, 6:00 pm

Book Talk: Living the World War: A Weekly Exploration of the American Experience

Book Talk: <i>Living the World War: A Weekly Exploration of the American Experience</i>

Join us as professor Donald Zillman discusses his book, Living the World War: A Weekly Exploration of the American Experience. More info coming soon – please check back!

Free for MHS Members; $5 general admission.


Register today!

Thursday, April 6

World War I Centennial Day – Free Admission!

World War I Centennial Day – Free Admission!

On the centennial anniversary of the day the United States entered World War I, enjoy free admission to our exhibition World War I and the Maine Experience to learn more about the reasons for and impact of "the war to end all wars."




Wednesday, April 12, 12:00 – 12:30 pm

Curator Tour: World War I and the Maine Experience

Curator Tour: <i>World War I and the Maine Experience</i>

Join MHS Director of Library Services Jamie Rice for an insider’s view of the creation of MHS’s exhibit, World War I and the Maine Experience. On view through June 4, 2017.

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.

Free for MHS Members; $8 general admission.

Register today!

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.

Wednesday, May 10, 12:00 – 12:30 pm

Curator Tour: World War I and the Maine Experience

Curator Tour: <i>World War I and the Maine Experience</i>

Join MHS Director of Library Services Jamie Rice for an insider’s view of the creation of MHS’s exhibit, World War I and the Maine Experience. On view through June 4, 2017.

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.

Free for MHS Members; $8 general admission.

Register today!

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
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 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.