Maine Historical Society



Upcoming Programs & Events

Events on this page: December | January | May | 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.

Please review our Refund and Return Policies for tickets and event admissions.

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.

December Programs

Thursday, December 14, 7:30 pm

Christmas Bells: A Holiday Handbell Concert

Photo courtesy of the Penobscot Bay Ringers

Photo courtesy of the Penobscot Bay Ringers

In partnership with Penobscot Bay Ringers and Maine Charitable Mechanic Association
Join MHS and the Penobscot Bay Ringers to ring in the holidays with a festive program of seasonal music, including arrangements set to the words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, Christmas Bells (I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day).

Penobscot Bay Ringers is a community handbell choir based in Camden, Maine. The group has been ringing 5 octaves of handbells and handchimes in venues throughout Maine and New England since its founding in 2008.

Performance venue: Mechanics Hall, 519 Congress Street, Portland, ME

For more information on the Penobscot Bay Ringers, visit

Ticket Price: $10 for MHS & MCMA members, $15 general admission

Register today!

January Programs

Wednesday, January 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 or calling 774-1822 x207.

May Programs

Friday, May 11 – Saturday, May 12, 2018

The Magical History Tour & Mr. Longfellow's Cocktail Party

The Magical History Tour & Mr. Longfellow's Cocktail Party

Now through Christmas receive a discount on select Magical History Tour and Mr. Longfellow's Cocktail Party Tickets!

Join us for our fourth 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.

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
O'Maine Studios.

+ Longfellow's Cocktail Party: Friday, May 11, 5:30-8:30pm at O'Maine Studios.
+ Magical History Tour: Saturday, May 12, 10am-4pm at secret sites around Portland.

Buy tickets today!

Program Podcasts

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Group Trips

Stay tuned for information on upcoming trips!


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Creative Maine: Trade Banners and the Crafts That Built Maine
June 22 through February 3, 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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Spark! Maine ART Stories
November 3 through March 31, 2018
Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. Lecture Hall

Maine has always been a home and a haven to artists and creative makers. Spark! Maine ART Stories explores the varied ways Mainers express themselves today, and features sixteen contemporary Maine artists who are diverse in their geography, their artistic mediums, and in what compels them to create. Read More


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Maine Memory Network - Over 300 Online Exhibitions

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


Regional Genealogy Programs, Events, and Conferences

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