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Magical History Tour Unlocks Portland’s Past

April 12, 2018

Magical History Tour Unlocks Portland’s Past

Maine Historical Society (MHS) announces its fourth annual self-guided exploration of historical places in Portland that are not usually open to the public — The Magical History Tour!

Taking place Saturday, May 12 from 10am-4pm, the Magical History Tour grants access to 10 gems in the greater Portland area that many have never seen, and maybe never knew existed. Equipped with a map, and at their own pace, participants are greeted by docents at each site ready to share the history of the locations and answer questions. The sites are kept top-secret until the night before.

All locations are new this year, except for the winner of the People's Choice site, voted the favorite from the past three years. Highlights from past tours include the dead house at Eastern Cemetery; the City Hall Clock Tower; coal-fired boilers in the basement of The Westin; the privately-owned West Mansion; a candlepin bowling alley in the basement of the Woodfords Club; a 1913 Rolls Royce tourer, and the tower of Victoria Mansion.

This year, we will be giving away 10 free tickets to the Magical History Tour via a scavenger hunt in Portland during the last two weeks of April. Five antique keys will be “hidden” at establishments around Portland and clues will be provided via Maine Historical Society’s social media accounts. Those hoping to find the key will need to decode the clues, find the establishment, and ask for the key with a special code phrase! Keep a watch on @MaineHistory and #MagicalHistoryTour for all the excitement!

The mystery sites will be revealed at Mr. Longfellow’s Cocktail Party on Friday, May 11 at the O’Maine Studios, a funky, urban multi-use event space. Auctioneer Thomas Saturley, President of Tranzon Auction Properties, will preside over a live auction – guests will also enjoy a silent auction featuring art, travel, and adventures. Light fare will be served, including a complimentary signature cocktail. A full cash bar is available throughout the evening.

What & When: Magical History Tour | Saturday, May 12, 2018, 10am-4pm Where: Check-in at MHS’s Brown Library: 485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101

What & When: Mr. Longfellow’s Cocktail Party | Friday, May 11, 2018, 5:30-8:30pm Where: O’Maine Studios, 54 Danforth Street, Portland, ME 04101

Tickets & Info: Online at; by phone at 207-774-1822 ext. 216; in person at the MHS store, 489 Congress Street. Cost: Tour-only: $35/ adult; $25/ MHS member; $5/ junior (under age 18). Party-only: $60. Combo: $85/ general admission; $75/ MHS member.

About Maine Historical Society: A growing museum, incomparable library and statewide educational resource located in the heart of Portland’s downtown cultural district. Founded in 1822, Maine Historical Society is the third oldest state historical society in the United States. MHS strives to serve the entire state through its education and outreach programs and through the Maine Memory Network digital museum. MHS is comprised of the Wadsworth–Longfellow House and Longfellow Garden, the Maine Historical Society Museum and Store, the MHS Research Library, and Maine Memory Network.

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