Maine Historical Society

MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

PRESERVING HISTORY
ENGAGING MINDS
CONNECTING MAINE

Past Exhibitions

On this page:   2017-2019  | 2014-2016  | 2010-2013  | 2005-2009  | 1998-2004  | 1993-1997

Since the opening of the Maine Historical Society Museum (formerly known as the Center for Maine History Museum) in 1993, the Maine Historical Society has held the exhibits listed below.

Several of these and other online exhibits can be found in our digital museum, the Maine Memory Network.

2017-2019

Maine Brews. Shettleworth Lecture Hall. October 5, 2018 – February 2, 2019.

Eye in the Sky. Shettleworth Lecture Hall. April 11 – September 30, 2018.

Maine Eats: The Food Revolution Starts Here. Museum gallery. March 2, 2018 – March 2, 2019.

KAPOW! Maine Comic Artists. Showcase gallery. February 2 – March 31, 2018.

Spark! Maine ART Stories. Shettleworth Lecture Hall. November 3, 2017 – March 31, 2018.

Hats About the House: Victorian Bonnets, Top Hats, 1950s Fascinators and More. Wadsworth-Longfellow House. September 1 – October 22, 2017

Creative Maine: Trade Banners and the Crafts That Built Maine. Museum gallery. June 22, 2017 – January 10, 2018.

Making Paper, Making Maine. Shettleworth Lecture Hall. June 2 – October 22, 2017.

World War I and the Maine Experience. Museum gallery. February 3 – June 4, 2017.

Veterans' Voices. Shettleworth Lecture Hall. January 12 – May 28, 2017.

Left Undone: Unfinished Work from the Collection. Shettleworth Lecture Hall. November 4, 2016 – January 7, 2017.

2014-2016

Images of Destruction: Remembering the Great Portland Fire of 1866. Shettleworth Lecture Hall. June 30 – October 30, 2016.

Designing Acadia: Creating Maine's National Park Experience. Museum gallery. June 17, 2016 – January 14, 2017.

Down the Allagash: Celebrating the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. Shettleworth Lecture Hall. May 6 – June 26, 2016.

Pigeon's Mainer Project: street art meets history. Shettleworth Lecture Hall. March 4 – May 1, 2016.

Fashionable Downton Abbey: Selections from the MHS Costume Collection. Showcase gallery. February 16 – March 30, 2016.

400 Years of New Mainers. Museum gallery. February 4 – May 30, 2016.

Imbued with Hues. Shettleworth Lecture Hall. December 4, 2015 - February 27, 2016.

Early Maine Photography, 1840-1870. Brown Research Library. September 25, 2015 – January 16, 2016.
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Baskets from the Dawnland: Weaving the past and future together. Shettleworth Lecture Hall. August 14 – November 28, 2015.
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Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy, 1215-2015. Brown Research Library. June 30 – July 12, 2015.

Pursuit of Liberty: The Search for Compromise in the Declaration of Independence. Shettleworth Lecture Hall. June 11 – August 2, 2015.
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Sugar and Spice: Our Vintage Recipes. Shettleworth Lecture Hall. March 6 – June 5, 2015.
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Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War. Brown Research Library. November 12 – December 20, 2014. Browse related products.

Dear Old Maine, I'm Coming Back: Home & Hearth Reflected in the Maine Historical Society Sheet Music Collection. Shettleworth Lecture Hall. November 1 – February 22, 2014.

Wholesome Habitations: Architectural Collections of the Maine Historical Society. Shettleworth Lecture Hall. October 3, 2014 – February 28, 2015.

Home: The Longfellow House & the Emergence of Portland. Museum gallery. June 27, 2014 – January 8, 2016.
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A Snapshot of Portland, 1924: The Taxman Cometh. Shettleworth Lecture Hall. June 27 – September 28, 2014.

From Slavery to Maine. Shettleworth Lecture Hall. April 4 – May 26, 2014.

From Chop Suey to Washington Pie: Maine Menus. Shettleworth Lecture Hall. February 24 – March 2014.

2010-2013

Thundered Over the Tide: 200th Anniversary of the Battle of the Boxer & the Enterprise. Shettleworth Lecture Hall. August 31 – October 25, 2013.

This Rebellion: Maine and the Civil War. Museum gallery. June 28, 2013 – May 26, 2014.
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Patriotic Imagery. Shettleworth Lecture Hall. June 27 – August 26, 2013.

Vintage Maine Images: A Website Comes to Life. Shettleworth Lecture Hall. May 1 – June 23, 2013.

Maine Things: Recent Museum Acquisitions. Shettleworth Lecture Hall. March 1 – May 2013.

In a Whole New Light. Shettleworth Lecture Hall. November 2nd – February 2013.

WIRED! How Electricity Came to Maine. Museum gallery. June 22, 2012 – May 26, 2013.

Downtown – Portland, circa 1912. Shettleworth Lecture Hall. April 6 – June 30, 2012.

Take to the Streets!. Shettleworth Lecture Hall. January 3 – March 31, 2012.

"Having in Paris a Great Success": French Fashion, 1928-1936. Shettleworth Lecture Hall. September 2 – December 31, 2011.

Dressing Up, Standing Out, Fitting In: Adornment & Identity in Maine, 1750-1950. Museum gallery. June 24, 2011 – May 27, 2012.

Images of the Longfellow Garden. Shettleworth Lecture Hall. May 6 – August 30, 2011.
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Arts, Artists, and Personalities in 1930s Maine. Shettleworth Lecture Hall. March 4 – May 3, 2011.

A Most Inconvenient Storm . Shettleworth Lecture Hall. January 26, 2011 – March 1, 2011

The Art of December: Original Holiday Cards by Maine Artists from the Mildred Burrage Collection. Shettleworth Lecture Hall. November 17, 2010 – January 3, 2011.

ZOOM IN: New Approaches to Maine History. Museum gallery. June 25, 2010 – May 29, 2011.
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Exposed: Rare Photographs of Life in Maine. Shettleworth Lecture Hall. May 7, 2010 – November 5, 2010.

2005-2009

Re/Collected: Great Works and New Discoveries from the Brown Library. Museum gallery. June 26, 2009 – May 30, 2010.

Main Street, Maine – Downtown Views From the Eastern Publishing and Illustrating Company. Museum gallery. Feb 12 – May 31, 2009.

Art of the People: Folk Art in Maine. Museum gallery. June 27 – December 30, 2008.
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Gifts from Gluskabe: Maine Indian Artforms from the Hudson Museum. Museum gallery. February 14 – June 1, 2008.
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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: America's Song King. Showcase gallery. February 23 – June 3, 2007.

Drawing Together: The Arts of the Longfellows. Museum gallery. February 16 – December 30, 2007.
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Passionate Pursuits — History through the Collector's Eye. Museum gallery. June 30 – December 30, 2006.

A Riot of Words — Broadsides and Ballads, Posters and Proclamations. Museum gallery. February 10 – June 11, 2006.
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A City Awakes — The Arts and Artists of Early 19th Century Portland. Museum gallery. June 24 – December 31, 2005.
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Umbazooksus and Beyond: The Maine Woods Remembered. Museum gallery. January 28 – June 5, 2005.

1998-2004

A Peace of Work Performed by Me: Historic Fiberarts from the Collection. Showcase gallery. July 9 – December 2004.

Amazing! Maine Stories. Museum gallery. June 25 – December 2004.

The Camera's Coast: Historic Photographs of Maritime New England. Museum gallery. February 20 – May 30, 2004.
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The Shape of Maine: Drawing Boundaries, Mapping History. Museum gallery. June 19 – December 31, 2003.

Dairy to Doorstep: Milk Delivery in New England, 1860 – 1910. Museum gallery. January – June 2003.
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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: The Man Who Invented America. Museum gallery. May – December 2002.
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Comfort and Joy: Quilts, Toys and Winter Pleasures. Museum gallery. December 2001 – February 2002.
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Mirror of Maine: Four Centuries of Great Books. Museum gallery. November 2000 – November 2001.
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E Pluribus Unum: Maine and the Making of a Nation. Museum gallery. December 1999 – October 2000.
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Bold Vision: The Development of the Park System in Portland. Museum gallery. July – November 1999.
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Embroidered Treasures. Museum gallery. May 1999.
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First Light: Dawn of Photography in Maine. Museum gallery. April – November 1999.
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I Saw Three Ships: An Exhibition of Marine Paintings. Museum gallery. December 1998 – end date unknown.

Rum Riot and Reform, Maine and the history of American Drinking. Museum gallery. May – November 1998.
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Portland's Pride: The Observatory. Museum gallery. January – March 1998.
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1993-1997

Precious Keepsakes: A Selection of Wedding Dresses and Memorabilia from the Collections of the Maine Historical Society. Museum gallery. November 1997 – January 1998.

The Way Life Should Be: Tourism, Reality and Romance in Early Modern Maine. May – November 1997.

Growth Rings: 200 Years of Wabanaki Basketry, Carving, and Enterprise. Museum gallery. November 1996 – April 1997.

Homes Away: Victorian Life at Sea. Museum gallery. May – October 1996.

From Souchong Teas to Canton Silks: The Exotic China Trade in Everyday Maine. Museum gallery. December 1995 – October 1996.
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China: Exploring the Interior, 1903–1904. Museum gallery. November 1995 – January 1996.

Victory on the Homefront: Maine During World War II. Museum gallery. May – November 1995.
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All the Arts That Please: Folk Art of the Maine Historical Society. Museum gallery. December 1994 – April 1995.

Maine People, Maine Stories: Treasures from the Maine Historical Society. Museum gallery. December 1994 – April 1995.

Take ME out to the Ballgame. Museum gallery. May — November 1994.

A Goodly Vessel: Ships and Shipbuilding on Casco Bay. Museum gallery. March – October 1994.

Flora, Fauna, and Stuffed Birds: A Look Back at the Portland Society of Natural History. Museum gallery. November 1993 – March 1994.

Urban Evolution: Maine's Downtown in Transition. Museum gallery. November 1993 – March 1994.

Upstream and Downstream: 200 Years of Commerce, Trade and Recreation in Maine Waters. Museum gallery. May – November 1993.