Upcoming Programs & 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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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.
Tuesday, February 9, 12:00 – 12:30 pm
Curator Tour: 400 Years of New Mainers
Join MHS Outreach Curator Tilly Laskey for an insider's view of the creation of MHS's newest exhibit, 400 Years of New Mainers. The show 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 history of immigration in Maine is a huge topic,” says Tilly. “We’ve worked to tell individual immigrant stories using items from MHS collections, contemporary artwork, and loans from the community. Hopefully, the personal histories of people over four centuries will provide some context and insight into immigration today, and remind us that unless you’re of Wabanaki descent, you are an immigrant to Maine.”
$5 MHS Members; $8 general admission. Buy tickets online.
Thursday, February 11 – Sunday, February 14, 2016
Love in The Longfellow House
Bring your special someone to a love-themed tour of the Wadsworth-Longfellow House in celebration of Valentine's Day. Come hear about 19th-century courtship rituals and the family's many romances, heartbreaks, marriages, and more… including Henry's honeymoon!
Prior to the tour, enjoy locally-made chocolates by Haven's Candies, a glass of champagne or sparkling cider, and leave with a reproduction print of a vintage valentine from our collection, and roses from Harmon's & Barton's.
Tour Dates & Times:
+ Thursday, February 11 at 6:00-7:30pm
+ Friday, February 12 at 6:00-7:30pm – Singles Night mixer! Come solo or bring a friend; meet fellow history fans!
+ Saturday, February 13 at 4:00-5:30pm & 6:00-7:30pm
+ Sunday, February 14 at 4:00-5:30pm & 6:00-7:30pm
Reservations are required and each tour is limited to six couples // Singles Night limited to 12 participants.
Cost: $40 per couple for MHS members; $50 per couple for general admission // Singles Night: $20 MHS members; $25 general admission. Buy tickets online.
Vancouver and the Canadian Rockies
September 27 - October 6, 2016
Join MHS and the New Hampshire Historical Society as we enjoy all the splendors the Canadian Rockies have to offer. From Vancouver to Banff and Lake Louise and finally Calgary, this ten day trip combines striking natural beauty with intimate views of cosmopolitan Canadian cities and explorations of local culture and history. Get Trip Details.
400 Years of New Mainers
February 4 through April 2, 2016
February 4 through April 2, 2016
This exhibition 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. Read More.
Imbued with Hues
December 4, 2015 - February 27, 2016
Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. Lecture Hall
Portland artist Patty Allison brings historical images to life by colorizing them, showing the Maine of our past in the full color in which it was originally experienced. This exhibition features colorized images from the Maine Historical Society collection. 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 more than 270 organizations around Maine. New exhibits added regularly. Go to www.mainememory.net.
Regional Genealogy Programs, Events, and Conferences