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Upcoming Programs & Events

Events on this page: May | 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.

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.

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!

Tuesday, May 16, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Beer in the Garden: Longfellow Artifacts

Beer in the Garden: Longfellow Artifacts

Join us for beer and snacks, a rare opportunity to enjoy our historic garden at night, and a chance to see some very special artifacts from our collections!

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, 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!

June Programs

Tuesday, June 20, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Beer in the Garden: Privateers

Beer in the Garden: Privateers

Join us for beer and snacks, a rare opportunity to enjoy our historic garden at night, and a chance to see some very special artifacts from our collections!

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.

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.

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 at night, and a chance to see some very special artifacts from our collections!

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.

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 at night, and a chance to see some very special artifacts from our collections!

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.

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 at night, and a chance to see some very special artifacts from our collections!

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.

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 at night, and a chance to see some very special artifacts from our collections!

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.

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 at night, and a chance to see some very special artifacts from our collections!

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.

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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.