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Upcoming Programs & Events

Events on this page: February | Ongoing Programs | Podcasts | Annual Trip | 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.

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.

February Programs

Thursday, February 11 – Sunday, February 14, 2016

Love in The Longfellow House

19th century valentine from the Collections of Maine Historical Society (MMN #4137)

19th century valentine from the Collections of Maine Historical Society (MMN #4137)

Bring your special someone to a love-themed tour of the Wadsworth-Longfellow House in celebration of Valentine's Day. Come hear about 19th-century courtship rituals and the family's many romances, heartbreaks, marriages, and more… including Henry's honeymoon!

Prior to the tour, enjoy locally-made chocolates by Haven's Candies, a glass of champagne or sparkling cider, and leave with a reproduction print of a vintage valentine from our collection, and roses from Harmon's & Barton's.

Tour Dates & Times:

+ Thursday, February 11 at 6:00-7:30pm
+ Saturday, February 13 at 4:00-5:30pm (SOLD OUT) & 6:00-7:30pm
+ Sunday, February 14 at 4:00-5:30pm & 6:00-7:30pm

Reservations are required and each tour is limited to six couples.

Cost: $40 per couple for MHS members; $50 per couple for general admission. Buy tickets online.

Friday, February 19, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Free event!
Community Night: 400 Years of New Mainers

Mainer Project by Pigeon

Mainer Project by Pigeon

Come together at MHS for a special Community Night celebrating our new exhibition exploring immigration: 400 Years of New Mainers. The event is free and open to all, and features a special performance by the Pihcintu Multicultural Chorus; refreshments; and a chance to view personal stories of immigration through photographer Jan Pieter van Voorst van Beest's contemporary portraits of "New Mainers” and original works by street artist Pigeon displayed among items from MHS's permanent collection.

The exhibition's curators--Reza Jalali, Coordinator of Multicultural Student Affairs at the University of Southern Maine, and Tilly Laskey, MHS Outreach Curator--will be on hand to discuss the works and answer questions.

The MHS Museum Store features Mainer Project t-shirts by Pigeon, jewelry by Decontie & Brown, a selection of books exploring immigration and cultural diversity, and more!

Wednesday, February 24, 5:30 pm

An Evening with Downton Abbey Era Fashions

An Evening with Downton Abbey Era Fashions

The fashion of the British television drama Downton Abbey was as popular as the characters in the show. As in life, the fashion spoke volumes about the personality of each person. It also served to bring the viewer back in time to the early twentieth century, exploring the cultural events, and the fashion, of the 1910s and 1920s.

Join costume historian and author Jacqueline Field for tea and an illustrated talk exploring the fashion trends of this time period. The program includes a viewing of the short-term exhibit Fashionable Downton Abbey: Selections from the Maine Historical Society Costume Collection, on view February 17 through March 12.

Cost: $15 MHS members; $25 general admission. Buy tickets online.

Program Podcasts

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Annual Trip

Vancouver and the Canadian Rockies
September 27 - October 6, 2016

Join MHS and the New Hampshire Historical Society as we enjoy all the splendors the Canadian Rockies have to offer. From Vancouver to Banff and Lake Louise and finally Calgary, this ten day trip combines striking natural beauty with intimate views of cosmopolitan Canadian cities and explorations of local culture and history. Get Trip Details.

Exhibitions

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Morton Block and Wadsworth-Longfellow House, ca. 1912

400 Years of New Mainers
February 4 through April 2, 2016

This exhibition highlights personal stories of immigration through photographer Jan Pieter van Voorst van Beest's contemporary portraits of "New Mainers” and original works by street artist Pigeon displayed among items from MHS's permanent collection. The show’s narrative includes the centuries-long history of immigration in Maine. Read More.

 

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

Portland artist Patty Allison brings historical images to life by colorizing them, showing the Maine of our past in the full color in which it was originally experienced. This exhibition features colorized images from the Maine Historical Society collection. Read More

 

Maine Memory Network

Offers online access to numerous Web–based exhibits and a constantly growing collection of nearly 45,000 historical documents, images, and objects contributed by more than 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.