Maine Historical Society

MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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Upcoming Programs & Events

Events on this page: June | July | August | September | October | 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.

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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.

June Programs

Wednesday, June 28 – Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Children’s Hour: Story & Craft for Kids

Children’s Hour: Story & Craft for Kids

Children’s Hour is back at Maine Historical Society this summer!

Join us at each program for the reading of a favorite story book followed by crafts and activities for the whole family. This year we’ll explore the fun and wonder of making and inventing things, as well as the different types of jobs people do!

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.

June 28, 10:30am
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

July 19, 10:30am
Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do by Kathryn Heling (Author), Deborah Hembrook (Author), Andy Robert Davies (Illustrator)

August 9, 10:30am
Marvelous Mattie: How Margaret E. Knight Became an Inventor by Emily Arnold McCully

August 23, 10:30am
If I Built a House by Chris Van Dusen

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.

Friday, July 7, 5:00 – 8:00 pm

First Friday Art Walk: Creative Maine

Blacksmith banner by Joseph E. Hodgkins, 1841. Item #36610 on MaineMemory.net.

Blacksmith banner by Joseph E. Hodgkins, 1841. Item #36610 on MaineMemory.net.

Come see our newest exhibition Creative Maine: Trade Banners and the Crafts That Built Maine!

Creative Maine explores the creativity and ingenuity that created the Maine economy as we know it today through the historical parade banners of the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association. In 1841, MCMA members marched through the streets of downtown Portland to demonstrate their skills and support for their individual trades, as well as for craftspeople struggling to earn a supporting wage in the changing economy. The exhibition shares the stories of past individuals who led the MCMA, who were skilled in their trades, and who created successful industries for Maine. Each exquisitely-preserved banner is on display alongside both a historical account of a craftsperson, and a contemporary example of that same trade as it exists today.

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

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

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. Deadline to register: July 3.

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! Deadline to register: July 17.

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

Register Here

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 in the evening, 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. Deadline to register: July 3.

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! Deadline to register: July 17.

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

Register Here

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 in the evening, 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 in the evening, 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 in the evening, 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 in the evening, 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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Creative Maine: Trade Banners and the Crafts That Built Maine
June 22 through January 13, 2018
Museum Gallery

Creative Maine explores the creativity and ingenuity that created the Maine economy as we know it today through the historical parade banners of the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association and examples from some of the most innovative businesses in Maine today. 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.