Maine Historical Society

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Upcoming Programs & Events

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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.

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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 - June - Columbus Day. Tours offered Monday through Friday at 1:30pm, and on select special weekend dates. See details.

Library Tours - First Wednesday of the month at noon (with a few exceptions). See below for next scheduled tour.

May Programs

Thursday, May 30, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Book Launch and Signing with Pat Davidson Reef
Bernard Langlais Revisited

Bernard Langlais Revisited

Bernard Langlais Revisited

Join us for the launch of BERNARD LANGLAIS REVISITED, this newest publication on the artist's work, by Maine author Pat Davidson Reef.

Born in Old Town, Maine, Bernard Langlais displayed talent as an artist from an early age, studying at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC; the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the Brooklyn Museum Art School. Langlais is best remembered today for his paintings and sculptures, including more than 65 wood sculptures on the land around his home in Cushing, known today as the Langlais Sculpture Preserve.

Location: MHS Shettleworth Lecture Hall
Free and open to the public

June Programs

Saturday, June 1, 10:30 am

197th MHS Annual Meeting

Kittery-Portsmouth Bridge Opening, 1923

Kittery-Portsmouth Bridge Opening, 1923

The University of Maine
Buchanan Alumni House
Two Alumni Place
Orono, Maine


Please join us for Maine Historical Society’s 197th Annual Meeting!

This meeting provides a great opportunity to learn about MHS’s current initiatives and to connect with the MHS community. This year, we will introduce MHS’s new 2019-2023 Strategic Plan and share our plans for commemorating the Bicentennial of Maine Statehood.

This year’s Annual Meeting is being held in Orono in conjunction with a special three-day conference organized by the University of Maine. The Maine Statehood and the Bicentennial Conference will provide a deep dive into issues that shaped Maine Statehood.
Highlights include:
❚ A keynote address by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich and Alan Taylor (Friday at 5pm & Free)
❚ Scholarly panels (May 30-June 1; $60)
The Maine History Festival, a platform for teachers and cultural organizations to share their work with you (Friday at 2:30pm & Free)

We hope you will be able to take advantage of the Conference’s rich offerings and the opportunity to be part of the Maine history community!

197th Annual Meeting Schedule

Friday, May 31
6:30-8:30pm - MHS Social Gathering: Following the Conference keynote, please join MHS Trustees, Staff, and Members for an informal social gathering at Blaze Restaurant. (Food and drink on your own.) 18 Broad Street, Bangor.

Saturday, June 1
10:30-11am - Coffee and Registration
11:00am-12:00pm - Annual Meeting Program
12:00pm - Lunch, provided

Additional Activities
In addition to the Annual Meeting and the Conference, there are many activities nearby that may be of interest to our members. These include the UMaine Fogler Library and Hudson Museum, the Penobscot Nation Museum on Indian Island, and the Bangor Historical Society, Bangor Public Library, and Cole Land Transportation Museum. We will include information about visiting these institutions in your registration packet.

Accommodation
Black Bear Inn & Conference Center
4 Godfrey Drive, Orono, ME
www.blackbearinnorono.com
To receive our special rate of $89/night plus tax, including free wifi and breakfast, call 207-866-7120. Be sure to mention "Maine Historical Society" when making your reservation.

Registration
Click to register for the Maine Statehood and the Bicentennial Conference ($60). Please note, the Maine History Festival (Friday, May 31st at 2:30pm) and Keynote address (Friday, May 31st at 5pm) are both located in the Collins Center for the Arts and are free and open to the public.

Click here to register for the Annual Meeting

Wednesday, June 5, 12:00 – 12:45 pm

With Nicholas Noyes, Curator of Library Collections
Behind-The-Scenes Library Tour (FREE)

Nick Noyes

Nick Noyes

This engaging 45-minute interactive tour takes you throughout our beautiful Brown Research Library and into the archive (normally closed to the public.) Nicholas Noyes shares his expertise on the building's history, the basics of doing library research and a few treasures from the collection.

Location: MHS Brown Research Library

Free and open to the public. Limited to 10 = Sign up in advance by emailing nnoyes@mainehistory.org or calling 774-1822 x207.

Thursday, June 6, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Talk by Dr. Kate McMahon
Treading on Dragon's Teeth: Maine and the Slave Trade

DR. KATE MCMAHON

DR. KATE MCMAHON

This compelling talk will describe just how deeply many Mainers were involved in the Atlantic slave trade, and the ways in which people of African descent resisted this brutal system.

While Maine has long distanced itself from the horrors of the slave trade, its merchants and shipbuilders long participated in it, carrying scores of captive Africans to the New World. Many of the great houses of Maine’s coast were built at the cost of the lives of enslaved Africans.

In early 1843, the 163-ton Porpoise left its homeport of Brunswick, Maine, bound for the warmer waters of Brazil. Owned by George F. Richardson, and captained by Cyrus Libby of Scarborough, Maine, the brig sailed south, making it to Rio de Janeiro in 1844. There, it was consigned by merchants Maxwell, Wright & Co. In mid-1844, the brig sailed with the Kentucky, the Garafelia, and the 17th of March for the east coast of Africa. Landing in Delagoa Bay, the ships picked up a total of approximately 2,800 slaves, bound for Rio de Janeiro. The Porpoise accompanied the slavers as support, carrying supplies to support this illegal and highly profitable journey.

Upon the brig’s return to Rio in January 1845, a crew member aboard the Porpoise slipped a message to George W. Gordon, United States Consul at Rio. Gordon, a staunch abolitionist Whig from Boston, found that three captive African boys were aboard. Libby, the Brazilian crew, and the officers were arrested along with the crews of the other ships for piracy and engaging in the slave trade. Thus began a long journey for Pedro and Guilherme, two of the three boys, who would go on to proudly state in their depositions that they desired to be freemen and live in the United States. Pedro would spend his months waiting for the trials of those involved in his capture creating paintings and drawings of his young life in Africa, Brazil, and Boston. He would go on to be adopted by a notable Maine family, and his oral history was recorded by his adopted brother, Percival Parris.

Location: Osher Map Library, Cohen Center, Glickman, 103
Free and open to the public; free parking in Bedford Street garage


Co-presented by Osher Map Library, the Abyssinian Meeting House and Maine Historical Society

Tuesday, June 18, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Beer in the Garden

Beer in the Garden

"The Life of the Awakening Sea:" Maine's Maritime History
Join us on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from May-October for beer and snacks, a rare opportunity to enjoy our historic garden in the evening, and a chance to see some very special artifacts from our collections!

Free for MHS Members; $5 general admission. Must be 21+. RSVP not required – drop in any time!

If you're not a member, remember you can apply your program fee to MHS membership!


Beer in the Garden is sponsored by The Maine Brew Bus.

Wednesday, June 19, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

With Tilly Laskey
Special Curator Tour: HOLDING UP THE SKY

Special Curator Tour: HOLDING UP THE SKY

Join Tilly Laskey, MHS Outreach Curator and curator for HOLDING UP THE SKY for a special guided tour of the exhibit. HOLDING UP THE SKY explores Wabanaki philosophies of leadership and obligation relating to humans and non-humans by highlighting 13,000 years of Wabanaki residence in what is now known as Maine.

This is a unique opportunity to experience a deep dive into this major exhibition with the curator. We have created a series of 1-hour, monthly tour dates on Wednesdays from June 2019 to January 2020 to accommodate as many groups as possible within the curator's schedule. Tours are limited to 15 guests.

Location: Maine Historical Society Gallery, 489 Congress Street, Portland
Cost: Regular museum admission rates apply Click here ; Free for MHS members. Please register in the Museum Store when purchasing your ticket.

Thursday, June 20, 07:30 am – 7:00 pm

Boston Bus Trip 2019

Boston Bus Trip 2019

Join Maine Historical Society & Greater Portland Chapter of Maine Genealogical Society on Thursday, June 20 for a trip to Boston! There are two options for the trip: New England Historic and Genealogical Society or a special Freedom Trail Tour.

7:30am - Bus Departs Portland: Park & Ride on Marginal Way (across from World Gym and Port City Flooring). Bus returns at approximately 7:00pm.

Option 1: The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS)
NEHGS provides access to 200,000 genealogical and historical volumes, over one million manuscripts, census records, vital records, deeds, probate and military records—plus the latest digital and print resources. The bus will drop-off at the door of the Society. The Boston Public Library, Trinity Church, Newbury Street, the Hancock Building and shops and T stops are all within easy walking distance.

+ Arrive NEHGS: 10:00am (drop-off at door)
+ Lunch: On your own at one of the many fine eateries near Copley Square, or bring your own and eat in the NEHGS lunchroom.
+ Depart NEHGS: 4:30pm (From Copley Square, near Trinity Church)

Option 2: Freedom Trail:Special Tour of the Old South Meeting House and Boston Tea Party Ships
The tour will start at Boston Common and proceed to Old South Meeting House with a special architectural tour—including special access to the balcony level (*stairs required*).
The tour will proceed to the Boston Tea Party Ships for lunch and a tour. Time allowing, the bus will take the group to the Faneuil Hall area to end the day.

**This is a Historic WALKING Tour and will require walking including city/brick sidewalks, stairs, etc.—please plan accordingly.**

+ Lunch: Included with Old South/Tea Party Ship ticket.
Sandwiches, tea samples & cookies will be set up in Abigail's Tea Room at 12:30. Side items—chips, soup etc.—can be purchased separately.

Option 3: Purchase a Bus Ticket to Enjoy a Day On Your Own in Boston! Drop-Off and Pick-Up are the same as for the New England Historic Genealogical Society. **You are responsible for being at Trinity Church at 4:30 pm.**

For more information, contact Tiffany Link, tlink@mainehistory.org, 207-772-1822 ext. 230.

Register Here!

Thursday, June 27, 09:00 am – 3:00 pm

With Dr. Mishy Lesser and Adam Mazo
Teacher Workshop: THE WABANAKI IN MAINE

Teacher Workshop: THE WABANAKI IN MAINE

For Middle and High School Teachers, this workshop will explore contemporary and historical issues of importance to the Wabanaki people and non-Native Mainers.

The workshop includes a screening of DAWNLAND, as well as a visit to Maine Historical Society’s exhibition HOLDING UP THE SKY. Participants will receive a discount on the purchase of the film, learn to use the film’s companion online learning resources, and receive orientation in primary and secondary source analysis, gaining valuable insights into interactive teaching and discussion techniques that can be applied in the classroom.

For most of the 20th century, government agents systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. Now, for the first time, they are telling their stories. DAWNLAND is an award-winning documentary film about cultural survival and stolen children: inside the first truth and reconciliation commission for Native Americans in U.S. history.

Featured Presenters:
Adam Mazo, Director, Upstander Project and Co-director and Producer of DAWNLAND
Dr. Mishy Lesser, Learning Director, Upstander Project and author of the DAWNLAND Teacher's Guide

Location: Maine Historical Society
Cost: FREE
REGISTRATION REQUIRED: To register or FMI call 207-774-1822 x214 or email education@mainehistory.org


July Programs

Wednesday, July 3, 12:00 – 12:45 pm

With Nicholas Noyes, Curator of Library Collections
Behind-The-Scenes Library Tour (FREE)

Nick Noyes

Nick Noyes

This engaging 45-minute interactive tour takes you throughout our beautiful Brown Research Library and into the archive (normally closed to the public.) Nicholas Noyes shares his expertise on the building's history, the basics of doing library research and a few treasures from the collection.

Location: MHS Brown Research Library

Free and open to the public. Limited to 10 = Sign up in advance by emailing nnoyes@mainehistory.org or calling 774-1822 x207.

Tuesday, July 16, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Beer in the Garden

Beer in the Garden

The History and Art of the Wabanaki Basket
Join us on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from May-October for beer and snacks, a rare opportunity to enjoy our historic garden in the evening, and a chance to see some very special artifacts from our collections!

Free for MHS Members; $5 general admission. Must be 21+. RSVP not required – drop in any time!

If you're not a member, remember you can apply your program fee to MHS membership!


Beer in the Garden is sponsored by The Maine Brew Bus.

Wednesday, July 17, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

With Tilly Laskey
Special Curator Tour: HOLDING UP THE SKY

Special Curator Tour: HOLDING UP THE SKY

Join Tilly Laskey, MHS Outreach Curator and curator for HOLDING UP THE SKY for a special guided tour of the exhibit. HOLDING UP THE SKY explores Wabanaki philosophies of leadership and obligation relating to humans and non-humans by highlighting 13,000 years of Wabanaki residence in what is now known as Maine.

This is a unique opportunity to experience a deep dive into this major exhibition with the curator. We have created a series of 1-hour, monthly tour dates on Wednesdays from June 2019 to January 2020 to accommodate as many groups as possible within the curator's schedule. Tours are limited to 15 guests.

Location: Maine Historical Society Gallery, 489 Congress Street, Portland
Cost: Regular museum admission rates apply Click here ; Free for MHS members. Please register in the Museum Store when purchasing your ticket.

Monday, July 22 – Friday, July 26, 2019

Junior Portland Historian Camp 2019

Junior Portland Historian Camp 2019

at Maine Historical Society, the Wadsworth Longfellow House, and Osher Map Library
Ever wonder what life was like before video games? Looking for a chance to step back in time? Want to be a history detective?

Participants in the Junior Portland Historian Camp will explore life in 18th and 19th century Portland and go behind the scenes of Maine’s oldest historic house museum and the premiere archive of Maine's cartographic heritage. The camp is based at the Wadsworth-Longfellow House, boyhood home of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and the University of Southern Maine's Portland campus. The mix of indoor and outdoor activities will include 18th and 19th century games, crafts, cooking, and storytelling. We will learn how kids of long ago Portland lived, dined, studied, cleaned up, and of course, had fun!

Participants will have the opportunity to meet and work with library, museum staff, and university staff. At the end of the week, all participants will be fully trained and prepared to give a tour of the Wadsworth-Longfellow house to family members and guests. After the tour, families and campers are encouraged to join us in the Longfellow Garden for a brown bag lunch and Henry’s favorite treat!

WHEN: Monday, July 22 - Friday, July 26, 9:00am - 3:00pm daily

WHERE: Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101 and Osher Map Library, 314 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME 04101

WHO: Students entering 3rd - 5th Grades

COST: $150 for MHS members, $200 non-members

To request more information, or to register offline, contact the Manager of Education and Interpretive Programs at (207) 774-1822 ext. 214 or kneumann@mainehistory.org.

Register Here!

August Programs

Monday, August 5 – Friday, August 9, 2019

Adventures in History Camp 2019

Adventures in History Camp 2019

at Maine Historical Society and Victoria Mansion
Ever wish you had a chance to explore the history of a whole city? Want to see and learn about amazing things that few people get to see? Looking for a chance to step back in time?

Participants in the Adventures in History Camp will have the chance to go behind the scenes at not one but two of Portland’s premier historic sites; Maine Historical Society and Victoria Mansion! Campers will learn about material culture and life in the Victorian era through an exciting mix of indoor and outdoor activities, special field trips, and hands-on instruction from experts in historic preservation and traditional arts. We will get a glimpse of life in the past by exploring photography, cooking, arts and crafts, and even spooky cemetery symbolism!

Participants will meet and work with a variety of museum staff and volunteers including curators, historians, educators, docents, and artists. At the end of the week, all participants will gather at Maine Historical Society to share their newfound knowledge and skills in a historian’s showcase for family members and guests. After the presentation, families, and campers are encouraged to join us in the Longfellow Garden for a brown bag lunch and celebration!

WHEN: Monday, August 5 - Friday, August 9, 9:00am-3:00pm daily.

WHERE: Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101 and Victoria Mansion 109 Danforth Street, Portland, ME 04101

WHO: Students entering 6th-8th grades or Junior Docent Camp graduates

COST: $150 MHS and Victoria Mansion members, $200 non-members

To request more information, or to register offline, contact Kathleen Neumann, MHS Manager of Education & Interpretive Programs, kneumann@mainehistory.org, 207-774-1822, ext. 214 or Stacia Hanscom, Victoria Mansion Director of Education, shanscom@victoriamansion.org, 207-772-4841, ext. 104.

Register Here!

Tuesday, August 20, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Beer in the Garden

Beer in the Garden

An Historic Trail Guide: Camping, Hiking, and the Appalachian Trail
Join us on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from May-October for beer and snacks, a rare opportunity to enjoy our historic garden in the evening, and a chance to see some very special artifacts from our collections!

Free for MHS Members; $5 general admission. Must be 21+. RSVP not required – drop in any time!

If you're not a member, remember you can apply your program fee to MHS membership!


Beer in the Garden is sponsored by The Maine Brew Bus.

Wednesday, August 21, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

With Tilly Laskey
Special Curator Tour: HOLDING UP THE SKY

Special Curator Tour: HOLDING UP THE SKY

Join Tilly Laskey, MHS Outreach Curator and curator for HOLDING UP THE SKY for a special guided tour of the exhibit. HOLDING UP THE SKY explores Wabanaki philosophies of leadership and obligation relating to humans and non-humans by highlighting 13,000 years of Wabanaki residence in what is now known as Maine.

This is a unique opportunity to experience a deep dive into this major exhibition with the curator. We have created a series of 1-hour, monthly tour dates on Wednesdays from June 2019 to January 2020 to accommodate as many groups as possible within the curator's schedule. Tours are limited to 15 guests.

Location: Maine Historical Society Gallery, 489 Congress Street, Portland
Cost: Regular museum admission rates apply Click here ; Free for MHS members. Please register in the Museum Store when purchasing your ticket.

September Programs

Tuesday, September 17, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Beer in the Garden

Beer in the Garden

Mr. Longfellow in the Longfellow House
Join us on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from May-October for beer and snacks, a rare opportunity to enjoy our historic garden in the evening, and a chance to see some very special artifacts from our collections!

Free for MHS Members; $5 general admission. Must be 21+. RSVP not required – drop in any time!

If you're not a member, remember you can apply your program fee to MHS membership!


Beer in the Garden is sponsored by The Maine Brew Bus.

Wednesday, September 25, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

With Tilly Laskey
Special Curator Tour: HOLDING UP THE SKY

Special Curator Tour: HOLDING UP THE SKY

Join Tilly Laskey, MHS Outreach Curator and curator for HOLDING UP THE SKY for a special guided tour of the exhibit. HOLDING UP THE SKY explores Wabanaki philosophies of leadership and obligation relating to humans and non-humans by highlighting 13,000 years of Wabanaki residence in what is now known as Maine.

This is a unique opportunity to experience a deep dive into this major exhibition with the curator. We have created a series of 1-hour, monthly tour dates on Wednesdays from June 2019 to January 2020 to accommodate as many groups as possible within the curator's schedule. Tours are limited to 15 guests.

Location: Maine Historical Society Gallery, 489 Congress Street, Portland
Cost: Regular museum admission rates apply Click here ; Free for MHS members. Please register in the Museum Store when purchasing your ticket.

October Programs

Tuesday, October 15, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Beer in the Garden

Beer in the Garden

"Whose Distant Footsteps Echo:" Historic Footwear
Join us on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from May-October for beer and snacks, a rare opportunity to enjoy our historic garden in the evening, and a chance to see some very special artifacts from our collections!

Free for MHS Members; $5 general admission. Must be 21+. RSVP not required – drop in any time!

If you're not a member, remember you can apply your program fee to MHS membership!


Beer in the Garden is sponsored by The Maine Brew Bus.

Wednesday, October 16, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

With Tilly Laskey
Special Curator Tour: HOLDING UP THE SKY

Special Curator Tour: HOLDING UP THE SKY

Join Tilly Laskey, MHS Outreach Curator and curator for HOLDING UP THE SKY for a special guided tour of the exhibit. HOLDING UP THE SKY explores Wabanaki philosophies of leadership and obligation relating to humans and non-humans by highlighting 13,000 years of Wabanaki residence in what is now known as Maine.

This is a unique opportunity to experience a deep dive into this major exhibition with the curator. We have created a series of 1-hour, monthly tour dates on Wednesdays from June 2019 to January 2020 to accommodate as many groups as possible within the curator's schedule. Tours are limited to 15 guests.

Location: Maine Historical Society Gallery, 489 Congress Street, Portland
Cost: Regular museum admission rates apply Click here ; Free for MHS members. Please register in the Museum Store when purchasing your ticket.

November Programs

Wednesday, November 20, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

With Tilly Laskey
Special Curator Tour: HOLDING UP THE SKY

Special Curator Tour: HOLDING UP THE SKY

Join Tilly Laskey, MHS Outreach Curator and curator for HOLDING UP THE SKY for a special guided tour of the exhibit. HOLDING UP THE SKY explores Wabanaki philosophies of leadership and obligation relating to humans and non-humans by highlighting 13,000 years of Wabanaki residence in what is now known as Maine.

This is a unique opportunity to experience a deep dive into this major exhibition with the curator. We have created a series of 1-hour, monthly tour dates on Wednesdays from June 2019 to January 2020 to accommodate as many groups as possible within the curator's schedule. Tours are limited to 15 guests.

Location: Maine Historical Society Gallery, 489 Congress Street, Portland
Cost: Regular museum admission rates apply Click here ; Free for MHS members. Please register in the Museum Store when purchasing your ticket.

December Programs

Wednesday, December 18, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

With Tilly Laskey
Special Curator Tour: HOLDING UP THE SKY

Special Curator Tour: HOLDING UP THE SKY

Join Tilly Laskey, MHS Outreach Curator and curator for HOLDING UP THE SKY for a special guided tour of the exhibit. HOLDING UP THE SKY explores Wabanaki philosophies of leadership and obligation relating to humans and non-humans by highlighting 13,000 years of Wabanaki residence in what is now known as Maine.

This is a unique opportunity to experience a deep dive into this major exhibition with the curator. We have created a series of 1-hour, monthly tour dates on Wednesdays from June 2019 to January 2020 to accommodate as many groups as possible within the curator's schedule. Tours are limited to 15 guests.

Location: Maine Historical Society Gallery, 489 Congress Street, Portland
Cost: Regular museum admission rates apply Click here ; Free for MHS members. Please register in the Museum Store when purchasing your ticket.

January Programs

Wednesday, January 15, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

With Tilly Laskey
Special Curator Tour: HOLDING UP THE SKY

Special Curator Tour: HOLDING UP THE SKY

Join Tilly Laskey, MHS Outreach Curator and curator for HOLDING UP THE SKY for a special guided tour of the exhibit. HOLDING UP THE SKY explores Wabanaki philosophies of leadership and obligation relating to humans and non-humans by highlighting 13,000 years of Wabanaki residence in what is now known as Maine.

This is a unique opportunity to experience a deep dive into this major exhibition with the curator. We have created a series of 1-hour, monthly tour dates on Wednesdays from June 2019 to January 2020 to accommodate as many groups as possible within the curator's schedule. Tours are limited to 15 guests.

Location: Maine Historical Society Gallery, 489 Congress Street, Portland
Cost: Regular museum admission rates apply Click here ; Free for MHS members. Please register in the Museum Store when purchasing your ticket.


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Group Trips

Splendors of the Nile River & Ancient Jordan
September 28 - October 13, 2019. From $6,672 per person

Maine Historical Society is pleased to announce its 2019 trip—The Splendors of the Nile River and Ancient Jordan! We will begin in Egypt for 12 adventure-filled days and experience the Nile's most wondrous sites in style and luxury on an eight-day voyage onboard the all-suite Uniworld River Tosca—a manner once reserved for queens and pharaohs! From Egypt we are on to a 5 day visit to Jordan, a land rich in natural wonders and sites so ancient, that by comparison, the Crusader forts guarding the old trade routes are considered recent additions. Get Trip Details.

Exhibitions

Holding Up the Sky exhibit graphic

Holding Up the Sky: Wabanaki People, Culture, History & Art
April 12, 2019 through February 1, 2020

MHS Gallery, 489 Congress Street, Portland

Explore Wabanaki philosophies of leadership and obligation relating to humans and non-humans over 13,000 years in what is now known as Maine. Wabanaki voices contextualize present-day relevance of 400 years of shared histories between Wabanaki people and immigrants to their region through 17th century colonial treaties, photographs, and contemporary artworks—everything from ash baskets to haute couture fashion.Read More

 

Power of Potential exhibit

Power of Potential: Photographs of the 1925 National Business and Professional Women’s Convention
May 3 through August 25, 2019

Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. Lecture Hall at Maine Historical Society

The National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs (NFBPWC) held their seventh annual convention in Portland during July 12 to July 18, 1925. Throughout the week, the Portland Evening Express documented the convention, highlighting activities through articles and featured photographs. This exhibition features images from Evening Express’ coverage, which are part of the Portland Press Herald glass negative collection at Maine Historical Society. Read more.

 

Maine Memory Network homepage

Maine Memory Network - Over 300 Online Exhibitions

Offers online access to numerous Web–based exhibits and a constantly growing collection of over 46,000 historical documents, images, and objects contributed by as many as 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.