Maine Historical Society



Past Exhibits

Re/Collected: Great Works and New Discoveries from the Brown Library

June 26, 2009 – May 30, 2010

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Images: MHS Collections; Buglers © Blethen Maine Newspapers/Maine Historical Society

Heralding the Society's commitment to the history and heritage of Maine and its people, this original exhibition celebrated the breadth and depth of the Brown Library collections at Maine Historical Society. Re/Collected: Great Works and New Discoveries from the Brown Library included: books, manuscripts, maps, broadsides, photographs, ephemera, architectural and engineering drawings, and other holdings.

Re/Collected revealed the range found in this unparalleled collection, the State's most comprehensive source for the study of Maine history. Unusual Maine riches abound, ranging from official boundary maps to intimate family correspondence. Special highlights included items relating to 17th-century Maine settlements, the Civil War, and Portland's Abyssinian Meeting House.

Re/Collected shared such treasures as Giovanni Battista Ramusio's Venetian book of world exploration (1565); an original copy of the Declaration of Independence, printed by John Dunlap on July 4, 1776; Thomas McKenney and James Hall’s magnificent History of the Indian Tribes of North America (1837¬-1844); a unique bookplate design by Winslow Homer; and architectural drawings by John Calvin Stevens.

The exhibition marked the re-dedication of the MHS library as the Alida Carroll and John Marshall Brown Library. The Browns were prominent figures in 19th-century Maine and this dedication honors their devotion to Maine and its history.

The Phineas W. Sprague Memorial Foundation and the BHA Foundation generously provided funding for the exhibition.