Upcoming Events at the Maine Historical Society
All programs are open to the public, with a suggested donation at the door. Programs take place at our facilities at 489 Congress Street in Portland, unless otherwise noted.
Thursday, December 12, 7:00 pm
The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World
Speaker: Lincoln Paine
Portland resident Lincoln Paine takes us on a monumental tour of human history through the lens of the sea in his brand new book. The book reveals in depth how people first came into contact with one another by ocean and river, and how goods, languages, religions, and entire cultures spread across and along the world’s waterways. A book sale and signing will follow the talk – a great holiday gift for that maritime enthusiast on your list!
Lincoln Paine is the author of four books and more than fifty articles, reviews, and lectures on various aspects of maritime history.
Saturday, December 14, 1:00 pm
Maine Children's Authors: A Book Talk and Signing
Join us before the holidays for a fun and family-friendly program with four Maine-based authors of children's literature. During the 1-2PM hour, the authors will read from their books and talk about how history and lore was woven into their stories. From 2-3PM, they will be available to talk with individuals one-on-one and sign books. A great gift opportunity for the children (or anyone) on your list!
Confirmed authors: Jeannie Brett (www.jeanniebrett.com), illustrator of My Cat, Coon Cat, L is for Lobster, One if By Land, and the “Little” Board Book series (for which she also authored Little Maine); Toni Buzzeo (www.tonibuzzeo.com), author of Lighthouse Christmas and The Sea Chest; Heidi Bullen, author of Eddy the Yeti, and Daniel Minter, illustrator of the award-winning Ellen's Broom.
Saturday, December 14, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Home for the Holidays
Join us for a family-friendly open house celebrating domestic arts and holiday traditions in Maine. Children's book authors and illustrators will be in the lecture hall, and we'll have a blacksmithing demonstration on the Longfellow House lawn. Inside the house you'll find piano music, spinning demonstrations, and food historian Sandy Oliver will discuss Civil War era food and preparation. Refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon.
General admission $5, free for MHS members and children 6 and younger.
Celebrate the Season with MHS!
Tuesday, January 21 – Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Presented in partnership with Maine Humanities Council
MHS Book Group: Making Sense of the American Civil War
Facilitator: Candace Kanes, MHS Historian and Maine Memory Network Curator
Join us this January through May for our fifth annual MHS reading group--a great opportunity to engage in discussions about history and connect with members of the MHS community.
Created and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of its We the People initiative, “Making Sense of the Civil War” is a Maine Humanities Council “Let’s Talk About It” program designed as a succession of five conversations exploring different facets of the Civil War experience. Each session will explore a different topic informed by reading the words written or spoken by powerful voices from the past and present.
Books will be provided on loan by Maine Humanities Council and include March by Geraldine Brooks, Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam by James McPherson, and America’s War, an anthology published by the NEH expressly for this series. There is no charge for this year's group.
WHEN: Tuesdays 1/21, 2/18, 3/18, 4/15, 5/20 @ 6:30PM
WHERE: MHS Lecture Hall
BOOKS: On loan from Maine Humanities Council
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, January 10. Registration is required; space is limited and the group has traditionally filled up fast. To sign up, Download the Flyer, call 774-1822, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with "book group" in the subject heading.
Tuesday, January 21, 12:00 pm
Intro to MHS: Museum Collections: Recent Acquisitions and PastPerfect Online
Facilitator: Holly Hurd-Forsyth
MHS Museum Registrar Holly Hurd-Forsyth provides a show-and-tell of recent or topical museum collection items, discusses how accessions are researched and processed, and trains participants how to search and use the MHS PastPerfect Online database. (Third Wednesdays in Jan, Apr, July, and Oct, at 12PM, in the MHS lecture hall; free; limited to 12. Sign up in advance by sending an email to email@example.com.)
Ongoing & Family Programs
Historical Walking Tours of Portland
While learning about several sites in downtown Portland, guests are presented with the area's historic narrative on a walk down to the waterfront. (Daily June 17th—Sep 30th at 1:30pm weather permitting, $10.00 adults, Tour size limited: 1st come 1st serve, $15.00 combo Longfellow House ticket, Call for group bookings) .
This 45-minute tour of the Brown Research Library, fully renovated in 2009, takes participants throughout the first floor reading room and behind-the-scenes into the archive, normally closed to the public. Head of Library Services 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. (First Wednesdays in Jan, March, May, July, Sept, Nov, at 12PM. Sign up in advance by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Library Catalog Instruction (Library Conference Room)
MHS Research Librarian Jamie Kingman Rice provides in-depth instruction of the MHS library catalog, Minerva, including how to search and access records, as well as other databases available for research. Program lasts about 45 minutes. (First Wednesdays in Feb, Apr, Aug, Dec at 12PM, and October 9 at 12PM. Sign up in advance by sending an email to email@example.com.) The October and December demonstrations will discuss recent changes to the Minerva interface.
Maine Memory Network Demonstration (Lecture Hall)
A Maine Memory Network staff member provides an in-depth review of content and search functions on Maine's premier statewide digital museum. Bring a laptop or tablet (optional) and search as you go. (Third Wednesdays in Feb, May, Aug, and Nov, at 12PM. Sign up in advance by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Museum Collections: Recent Acquisitions and PastPerfect Online (Lecture Hall)
MHS Museum Registrar Holly Hurd-Forsyth provides a show-and-tell of recent or topical museum collection items, discusses how accessions are researched and processed, and trains participants how to search and use the MHS PastPerfect Online database. (Third Wednesdays in Jan, Apr, July, and Oct at 12PM; Limited to 12. Sign up in advance by sending an email to email@example.com.)
CRUISE - The Black Sea aboard Oceania Riviera
September 19 - October 2, 2014
Join us as we see Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Russia, and Greece. Eric Baxter from AAA Northern New England and a MHS Trustee will once again serve as your escort throughout trip.
This Rebellion: Maine and the Civil War
(June 28, 2013 – May 26, 2014)
(June 28, 2013 – May 26, 2014)
This Rebellion showcases a rich array of MHS's Civil War collections related to Maine soldiers' experiences during and after the war. Items in the MHS museum and library collections that help tell the human story of the Civil War inspire this exhibit.
A Memorial Wall presents the names of members of Maine regiments who died during the war. It lists their names, ranks, regiments, and hometowns. The wall also lists those who were missing in action. Read More.
Dear Old Maine I’m Coming Back: Home & Hearth Reflected in the MHS Sheet Music Collection
(November 1 thru January 2014)
This collection of eye-catching sheet music cover art contains a recurrent theme of Maine and New England as a place to come home to, a place of nostalgia - no matter how far one roams. Whether keeping warm inside by the hearth, or outside enjoying winter scenery, Maine, for many, embodies the idea of winter being a time to return to family roots, and the familiar scenes and traditions of youth. Read More
Maine Memory Network
Offers online access to numerous Web–based exhibits and a constantly growing collection of nearly 30,000 historical documents, images, and objects contributed by more than 270 organizations around Maine. New exhibits added regularly. Go to www.mainememory.net.