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Upcoming Programs & Events

Events on this page: 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.

April Programs

Tuesday, April 4 – 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” (canceled)
+ 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: Urban Agriculture and Social Justice Activism in New York City”
+ 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.

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.

Living the World War: A Weekly Exploration of the American Experience uses the Congressional Record and the New York Times to see how an American citizen of that era would have experienced the World War without knowing what would come next. In addition to the War, Americans living during the weeks of October 1, 1916 to December 31, 1917 also debated women's suffrage, race relations, Prohibition, the rights of organized labor, reconciliation of North and South, and coal and fuel shortages. That experience of war, and the emerging national issues, profoundly shape America in the 21st century.

Donald N. Zillman is the Edward Godfrey Professor of Law at the University of Maine School of Law. He majored in history at the University of Wisconsin and graduated from the Wisconsin (JD) and the Virginia Law Schools (LLM). In his career he served as an Army Judge Advocate officer and a professor of law at Arizona State University and the University of Utah before coming to Maine as the Dean of the University of Maine Law School. He also served as the President of the University of Maine at Presque Isle and as a visiting professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point and the University of Southampton (UK). His writings have focused on military law, energy law, and tort law.

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. RSVP not required – drop in any time! Apply your program fee to MHS membership!

Beer in the Garden is sponsored by Shipyard Brewing Company.

Thursday, April 20, 7:00 pm

Book Talk with Richard Rubin, author of The Last of the Doughboys and Back Over There

Book Talk with Richard Rubin, author of <i>The Last of the Doughboys</i> and <i>Back Over There</i>

In The Last of the Doughboys, Richard Rubin introduced readers to a forgotten generation of Americans: the men and women who fought and won the First World War. Interviewing the war's last survivors face-to-face, he knew well the importance of being present if you want to get the real story. But he soon came to realize that to get the whole story, he had to go Over There, too. So he did, and discovered that while most Americans regard that war as dead and gone, to the French, who still live among its ruins and memories, it remains very much alive. Years later, with the centennial of the war only magnifying this paradox, Rubin decided to go back Over There to see if he could, at last, resolve it. For months he followed the trail of the American Expeditionary Forces on the Western Front, finding trenches, tunnels, bunkers, century-old graffiti and ubiquitous artifacts. But he also found an abiding fondness for America and Americans, and a colorful corps of local after-hours historians and archeologists who tirelessly explore these sites and preserve the memories they embody while patiently waiting for Americans to return and reclaim their own history and heritage. None of whom seemed to mind that his French needed work. Based on his wildly popular New York Times series, Back Over There is a timely journey, in turns reverent and iconoclastic but always fascinating, through a place where the past and present are never really separated.

Free for MHS members; $8 general admission.

Register today!

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! The Magical History Tour is your key to unlocking fascinating historical places in Portland that are not usually open to the public. It’s a self-guided tour guaranteed to amaze and amuse both adults and children. Equipped with a map, and at your own pace, you will be greeted by guides at each location ready to share the history of the tour stop. This year, we celebrate Portland’s creative legacy—a rich history of art, entertainment, and architecture.

All of our sites are new this year, except for the winner of our People’s Choice site—voted your favorite from the past two years! And this year, the majority of sites will be walkable.

You’ll find out where the tour will take you when you get your map on Saturday—or join us for the grand reveal at Mr. Longfellow’s Cocktail Party 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!

Thursday, May 18, 6:00 pm

Book Talk: Unearthed: Storied Artifacts and Remarkable Predecessors of the Saint Joseph's College Campus

Book Talk: <i>Unearthed: Storied Artifacts and Remarkable Predecessors of the Saint Joseph's College Campus</i>

Who was here before us? In whose footsteps are we now walking? And what—if anything—did they leave behind? These are the questions that Steven L. Bridge, Professor at Saint Joseph’s College, was determined to answer. To do so, Bridge began digging—both literally and figuratively—into the campus’s past... all the way back to 1773. In the process, he uncovered a long forgotten and deeply buried history filled with storied artifacts and remarkable predecessors. Unearthed chronicles Bridge’s journey of discovery and showcases some of the best of our campus’s astonishingly rich heritage—one that crosses paths with the likes of George Washington, John Adams, John Quincy Adams, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison, Rudolph Valentino, and Babe Ruth, among others.

Free for MHS Members; $5 general admission.

Register 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.