Maine Historical Society

MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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Upcoming Programs & Events

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

November Programs

Monday, November 27, 7:00 pm

A Christmas Carol, performed by Gerald Dickens

A Christmas Carol, performed by Gerald Dickens

Maine Historical Society is pleased to offer a special, one-time performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, performed by Dickens’ great-great-grandson, Gerald Dickens. This one-man show is inspired by the 1860s performances by Charles Dickens. Offered in the historic First Parish Church, this is a rare opportunity to see this historic work of literature this holiday season. Gerald Dickens has worked as an actor, director, and producer for many years and has appeared at several arts and literary festivals in the United Kingdom. For tickets, click below or call 207-774-1822 or visit www.byerschoice.com.

*Note: photography or audio/video recording during the performance is prohibited.

Performance venue: First Parish Church, 425 Congress St, Portland

Ticket price: $25 MHS members / $35 general admission / $15 for age 18 and under.

Sponsored by:
O'Donal's Nursery


Purchase your tickets

Wednesday, November 29, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Lights Over Longfellow: Help MHS Create a Winter Wonderland!

Lights Over Longfellow: Help MHS Create a Winter Wonderland!

This year Maine Historical Society will be creating a winter wonderland for all to enjoy, complete with holiday decorated trees outside of the Longfellow House and Brown Research Library. Together with the Longfellow Garden Club, we invite you to help us decorate!

Here are two ways you can help:
1. Choose a craft to create at home and bring it to MHS to help decorate our trees. Click here for our crafting guide! Bring your creations with you on the 29th, or drop them off at the MHS Museum Store no later than November 28.
2. Help us create crafts and decorate trees at MHS on November 29, 2017 from 4-6pm. Refreshments provided!

Free and open to the public!

December Programs

Wednesday, December 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.

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 www.penobscotbayringers.me.

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 nnoyes@mainehistory.org or calling 774-1822 x207.

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Group Trips

Stay tuned for information on upcoming trips!

Exhibitions

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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

 

Maine Memory Network homepage

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 www.mainememory.net.

 

Regional Genealogy Programs, Events, and Conferences

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