Maine Historical Society

MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

PRESERVING HISTORY
ENGAGING MINDS
CONNECTING MAINE

Current Exhibitions

Partner Place National Trust for Historic Preservation

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Maine Eats: The Food Revolution Starts Here

Exhibition on view March 2, 2018 through February 9, 2019
MHS Gallery

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From iconic lobsters, blueberries, potatoes, apples, and maple syrup, to local favorites like poutine, baked beans, red hot dogs, Italian sandwiches, and Whoopie Pies, Maine's identity and economy are inextricably linked to food. Now, a food revolution is taking us back to our roots toward the traditional sources, preparation, and pleasures of eating food that have sustained Mainers for millennia.

Using historical and contemporary stories of individual people and communities, Maine Eats: The Food Revolution Starts Here, tells the Maine food story. Throughout the interactive exhibition, visitors are invited to engage their senses and to think deeply about the past, present and future of Maine's relationship with food.

Maine Eats is supported by Hannaford Supermarkets, Amato's, BHA Foundation Fund, Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust, and Maine magazine.

 

Spark! Maine ART Stories

Exhibition on view November 3 through March 31, 2018
Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. Lecture Hall

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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.

Featured artists: Titi de Baccarat, Gina Brooks, Brendan Bullock, Barbara Burns, Katharine Cobey, Decontie and Brown, Ayumi Horie, Hector Jaeger, Karen Jelenfy, David Johansen, Daniel Minter, Geo Neptune, Edmond and Brian J. Theriault, and Ian Trask.

MHS is actively preserving the stories of the Spark! Maine ART Stories artists by incorporating extended My Maine Stories (www.mainememory.net/mymainestories) components alongside the artists' physical works and online.

 

KAPOW! Maine Comic Artists

Exhibition on view February 2 through March 31, 2018
Showcase Gallery

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Maine Historical Society's new exhibition KAPOW! Maine Comic Artists features original drawings of Beavis & Butt-Head, Barbie, Big Nate comic strips, George Danby's political cartoons and more. All artists and artwork in KAPOW! Maine Comic Artists represent comic-inspired artists currently working in and drawing inspiration from the state of Maine.

Though comic art has experienced heightened popularity in recent years in the form of graphic novels, storyboards, and web comics, the medium and format is often underrepresented in formal art exhibitions. Maine Historical Society is delighted to feature the following artists in this exhibition: George Danby, Rick Parker, Lisa Trusiani, Mili St. John, Lincoln Peirce, Jay Piscopo, Sean Moran, David Harrigan (SCARECROWOVEN), Paul Pelletier, and Mort Todd.