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Upcoming Programs & Events

Events on this page: August | September | 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.

August Programs

Thursday, August 4, 5:30 pm

Poetry in the Garden

Poetry in the Garden

Join us for a free poetry reading in the Longfellow Garden! Readers include Megan Grumbling, Steve Luttrell, and Kevin Sweeney.

Free and open to the public. Works from the authors will be on sale at the event.

Megan Grumbling's collection Booker's Point, awarded the Vassar Miller Prize for Poetry, was released by the University of North Texas Press this April. Her work has been awarded the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly Fellowship, the Robert Frost Foundation Award, a Hawthornden Fellowship at Hawthornden Castle, Scotland, and a St. Boltoph Emerging Artist Award, and has appeared in Poetry, Crazyhorse, The Iowa Review, Memorious, Best of the Net, Best New Poets, and elsewhere. She is librettist of the new spoken opera Persephone in the Late Anthropocene, co-created with composer Denis Nye, which premiered this May in Portland, Maine; and she reviews theater for the Portland Phoenix, serves as reviews editor for Café Review, and teaches at UNE and SMCC.

Steve Luttrell is the founder and publishing editor of the acclaimed Café Review, which has published for a remarkable 25 years, including the work of twelve Pulitzer Prize winners. Former Poet Laureate of Portland, Maine, he has his own TV show (Poet's Café), giving him a strong presence in the region and a large following among New England poets and writers. His intimate, unassuming voice is driven by a musician's sense of rhythm and a deceptive simplicity. His editions of poetry include Home Movies, Conditions, The Vagaries: A Writer's Sequence, and Pemaquid and Other Poems. Plumb Line secures Luttrell's place as an important voice in contemporary poetry.

Kevin Sweeney is a Pittsburgh native who spent his early childhood years on Peaks Island, Maine. He has published poems in a variety of journals and is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. He has three books--Rags of Prayer, Ordinary Time, and Imminent Tribulations--from Moon Pie Press. He has taught at Southern Maine Community College since 1983 where he is department chair of English and shop steward for his union. He also serves an assistant poetry editor at the Café Review. He loves all cats and dogs and even many people.

Friday, August 5, 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Pokémon GO: Calling all Trainers to explore Maine history!

Pokémon GO: Calling all Trainers to explore Maine history!

During the August First Friday Art Walk, MHS invites you to play Pokémon GO on our campus and in the Longfellow Garden, one of Portland’s finest hidden gems! Bring your Team, learn more about the history of nearby Pokéstops, meet fellow gamers, charge your phone, and while you’re here come explore our two new exhibitions: Designing Acadia: Creating Maine’s National Park Experience and Images of Destruction: Remembering the Great Portland Fire of 1866.

Wednesday, August 10, 10:00 am

Children's Hour, a Story & Craft Activity for Kids: A is for Acadia: Mount Desert Island from A to Z

Children's Hour, a Story & Craft Activity for Kids: A is for Acadia: Mount Desert Island from A to Z

Children’s Hour returns to Maine Historical Society this summer! Join us each month for the reading of a favorite story book followed by crafts and activities for the whole family. In recognition of the centennial of both Acadia National Park and the National Park System, we’ll explore the fun and wonder of the great outdoors throughout the series!

In August we'll read A is for Acadia: Mount Desert Island from A to Z by Ruth Gortner Grierson. The accompanying craft is making paper plate jumping frogs.

Weather permitting, all programs will be held in the Longfellow Garden. Light refreshments will be provided. All programs are free; registration is recommended. All are welcome; recommended for ages 4-9. All children must be accompanied by a caregiver.

To register or request additional information please contact Manager of Education and Interpretive Programs, Kathleen Neumann at 207-774-1822, ext. 214, email kneumann@mainehistory.org.

Coming up!
September 7, 10am
When We Go Camping by Margriet Ruurs

Thursday, August 11, 5:30 pm

Walking Through History: Portland, Maine on Foot Book Launch

<i>Walking Through History: Portland, Maine on Foot</i> Book Launch

During its almost 400 years of recorded history, Portland has seen economic booms as well as war, massacres, economic downturns, riots, urban renewal and destructive fires. Every corner and every street has borne witness to some part of that story. In Walking Through History: Portland, Maine on Foot, Paul Ledman brings the city’s history to life through photos and maps, appealing to city residents as well as its visitors.

Join us for a reception and short talk by Ledman to launch his newly published book, Walking Through History: Portland, Maine on Foot. The evening will start with light refreshments, followed by Ledman’s talk and a chance to have a book signed by the author. Books will be available in the museum store.

A New York City native, Paul J. Ledman has lived in Maine for 25 years, and this is his second book about Maine history. A lover of cities, Paul has walked the streets of Portland for years, seeing the buildings and corners through historical eyes. Paul is also a great storyteller, having taught history for 11 years. He uses these skills to bring history to life as a volunteer with Maine Historical Society.

Free for MHS Members; $5 general admission.

Register today!

Tuesday, August 16, 12:00 – 12:30 pm

Curator Tour: Designing Acadia

MHS Chief Curator Kate McBrien

MHS Chief Curator Kate McBrien

Join MHS Chief Curator Kate McBrien for an insider’s view of the creation of MHS’s exhibit, Designing Acadia: Creating Maine's National Park Experience. On view through January 14, 2017.

For 100 years, Acadia National Park has captured the American imagination and stood as the most recognizable symbol of Maine's important natural history and identity. From the breathtaking views, to the roads and trails we use today, each section of the Park was carefully considered to both protect the environment and enhance the visitor experience. Acadia’s story is told here through artifacts including design blueprints, construction photographs, trail signs, period fashion, and even a 1927 Ford Model T Roadster.

Free for MHS Members; $8 general admission.

Register today!

September Programs

Wednesday, September 7, 10:00 am

Children's Hour, a Story & Craft Activity for Kids: When We Go Camping

Children's Hour, a Story & Craft Activity for Kids: When We Go Camping

Children’s Hour returns to Maine Historical Society this summer! Join us each month for the reading of a favorite story book followed by crafts and activities for the whole family. In recognition of the centennial of both Acadia National Park and the National Park System, we’ll explore the fun and wonder of the great outdoors throughout the series!

In September we'll read When We Go Camping by Margriet Ruurs. The accompanying craft is making sketch pads / memory books, to be used for collecting special memories from camping trips.

Weather permitting, all programs will be held in the Longfellow Garden. Light refreshments will be provided. All programs are free; registration is recommended. All are welcome; recommended for ages 4-9. All children must be accompanied by a caregiver.

To register or request additional information please contact Manager of Education and Interpretive Programs, Kathleen Neumann at 207-774-1822, ext. 214, email kneumann@mainehistory.org.

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Group Trips

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.

Exhibitions

On the Scenic Cadillac Mt. Road, Bar Harbor, ca. 1935

Designing Acadia: Creating Maine's National Park Experience

June 17, 2016 through January 14, 2017
MHS Gallery

For one hundred years, Acadia National Park has captured the American imagination and stood as the most recognizable symbol of Maine's important natural history and identity. Join us during Acadia's centennial anniversary year for an exploration of the landscape design that visitors continue to experience today. Read More.

 

George Frederick Morse painting of the Portland fire 1866

Images of Destruction: Remembering the Great Portland Fire of 1866

June 30 through October 2, 2016
Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. Lecture Hall and Showcase Gallery

On July 4, 1866, fireworks caused a fire in a Portland boatyard near the corner of Maple and Commercial Streets that quickly overtook much of the city. Photographs of the fire's aftermath, memorial paintings, maps, and commemorative newspapers shown with objects that survived the fire will bring the visitor back to this pivotal time in Portland's urban history. 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

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