Maine Historical Society

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Upcoming Programs & Events

Events on this page: June | July | August | September | Ongoing Programs | Podcasts | Group Trips | 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.

June Programs

Saturday, June 4

MHS’s 194th Annual Meeting

MHS’s 194th Annual Meeting

Saturday, June 4 at the Abbe Museum: 26 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor, Maine

Our 194th annual meeting will report on the state of MHS to its members, and highlight the rich history of Mt. Desert Island. Our host, the Abbe Museum, is dedicated to inspiring new learning about the Wabanaki, Maine’s first people. Among other experiences, the meeting will feature a behind the scenes tour of the Abbe’s highly-anticipated new exhibition, People of the First Light, which opens in May.

Holding the annual meeting on Mount Desert Island represents a wonderful confluence: in 2016, Maine celebrates the centennial of the founding of Acadia National Park, one of the state’s most iconic locations, and of the National Park System. Mount Desert Island is also home to one of the most vibrant historical communities in the state. MHS works closely with the MDI Historical Society, the Abbe Museum, and historical societies and libraries across the island on Maine Memory Network projects, collecting initiatives, and other programs.

7:00 – 8:30am MORNING ACTIVITY CHOICES (optional; select one)
• Birdwatching with retired Acadia National Park Superintendent Paul Haertel.
• Tour of Garland Farm gardens and site with landscape architect Patrick Chasse.

9:30 – 10:00am
REGISTRATION, COFFEE & REFRESHMENTS at the Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor

10:00 – 11:00am
BUSINESS MEETING & PRESENTATION OF AWARDS

11:00am –12:15pm
WELCOME ADDRESS: Acadia at its Centennial by David MacDonald, President and CEO, Friends of Acadia.
KEYNOTE: Written in Granite: Acadia’s Changeable Histories, by Tim Garrity, Executive Director, Mount Desert Island Historical Society.

12:15 – 1:00pm
BOX LUNCH at the Abbe Museum

1:00 – 2:00pm
PRIVATE TOUR OF ABBE MUSEUM, featuring People of the First Light

3:00 – 5:00pm
SPECIAL EXPERIENCES FOR MHS MEMBERS (select one)
• A Landscape Design Tour of Asticou Azalea Garden OR Martha Stewart’s Skyland with landscape architect Patrick Chasse.
• Visit the Mount Desert Island Historical Society. Tour MDI Historical Society archives at the Sound School House Museum & Research Center and/or visit the Somesville Historical Museum and Gardens.
• Hike with Retired Acadia National Park Superintendent Paul Haertel. Celebrate National Trails Day with a moderate walk that touches on ANP’s natural and cultural history.

To register, call or email Kate Raymond: 207-774-1822 ext. 216 / kraymond@mainehistory.org.

Wednesday, June 8, 10:00 am

Children's Hour, a Story & Craft Activity for Kids: S is for S’mores: A Camping Alphabet

Children's Hour, a Story & Craft Activity for Kids: S is for S’mores: A Camping Alphabet

Children’s Hour returns to Maine Historical Society this summer! Join us each month for the reading of a favorite story book followed by crafts and activities for the whole family. In recognition of the centennial of both Acadia National Park and the National Park System, we’ll explore the fun and wonder of the great outdoors throughout the series!

Weather permitting, all programs will be held in the Longfellow Garden. Light refreshments will be provided. All programs are free; registration is recommended. All are welcome; recommended for ages 4-9. All children must be accompanied by a caregiver.

To register or request additional information please contact Manager of Education and Interpretive Programs, Kathleen Neumann at 207-774-1822, ext. 214, email kneumann@mainehistory.org.

Coming up!
July 6, 10am
The Camping Trip That Changed America by Barb Rosenstock

August 10, 10am
A is for Acadia: Mount Desert Island from A to Z by Ruth Gortner Grierson

September 7, 10am
When We Go Camping by Margriet Ruurs

July Programs

Wednesday, July 6, 10:00 am

Children's Hour, a Story & Craft Activity for Kids: The Camping Trip That Changed America

Children's Hour, a Story & Craft Activity for Kids: The Camping Trip That Changed America

Children’s Hour returns to Maine Historical Society this summer! Join us each month for the reading of a favorite story book followed by crafts and activities for the whole family. In recognition of the centennial of both Acadia National Park and the National Park System, we’ll explore the fun and wonder of the great outdoors throughout the series!

Weather permitting, all programs will be held in the Longfellow Garden. Light refreshments will be provided. All programs are free; registration is recommended. All are welcome; recommended for ages 4-9. All children must be accompanied by a caregiver.

To register or request additional information please contact Manager of Education and Interpretive Programs, Kathleen Neumann at 207-774-1822, ext. 214, email kneumann@mainehistory.org.

Coming up!
August 10, 10am
A is for Acadia: Mount Desert Island from A to Z by Ruth Gortner Grierson

September 7, 10am
When We Go Camping by Margriet Ruurs

August Programs

Wednesday, August 10, 10:00 am

Children's Hour, a Story & Craft Activity for Kids: A is for Acadia: Mount Desert Island from A to Z

Children's Hour, a Story & Craft Activity for Kids: A is for Acadia: Mount Desert Island from A to Z

Children’s Hour returns to Maine Historical Society this summer! Join us each month for the reading of a favorite story book followed by crafts and activities for the whole family. In recognition of the centennial of both Acadia National Park and the National Park System, we’ll explore the fun and wonder of the great outdoors throughout the series!

Weather permitting, all programs will be held in the Longfellow Garden. Light refreshments will be provided. All programs are free; registration is recommended. All are welcome; recommended for ages 4-9. All children must be accompanied by a caregiver.

To register or request additional information please contact Manager of Education and Interpretive Programs, Kathleen Neumann at 207-774-1822, ext. 214, email kneumann@mainehistory.org.

Coming up!
September 7, 10am
When We Go Camping by Margriet Ruurs

September Programs

Wednesday, September 7, 10:00 am

Children's Hour, a Story & Craft Activity for Kids: When We Go Camping

Children's Hour, a Story & Craft Activity for Kids: When We Go Camping

Children’s Hour returns to Maine Historical Society this summer! Join us each month for the reading of a favorite story book followed by crafts and activities for the whole family. In recognition of the centennial of both Acadia National Park and the National Park System, we’ll explore the fun and wonder of the great outdoors throughout the series!

Weather permitting, all programs will be held in the Longfellow Garden. Light refreshments will be provided. All programs are free; registration is recommended. All are welcome; recommended for ages 4-9. All children must be accompanied by a caregiver.

To register or request additional information please contact Manager of Education and Interpretive Programs, Kathleen Neumann at 207-774-1822, ext. 214, email kneumann@mainehistory.org.

Program Podcasts

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Group Trips

Legends of the American West
August 27 - September 4, 2016

This 9-day/8-night trip will explore the character, natural beauty, and historic richness of several of the nation’s most beloved national parks and monuments. We are excited to be offering this special experience, created just for our members and friends. Get Trip Details.

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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400 Years of New Mainers
February 4 through May 30, 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.

 

Chase's Carry, 1911, MHS collection 1955, Henry L. Withee Collection

Down the Allagash: Celebrating the Allagash Wilderness Waterway
Opens May 6, 2016. On view through June 26, 2016
Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. Lecture Hall

The wilderness of Maine has long been alluring to adventurers and nature lovers alike. 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, a stunning stretch of wilderness in northern Maine. This exhibit highlights the rugged beauty of the Allagash through the experiences of Henry L. Withee and Horace A. Bailey, two friends who canoed the Allagash in July of 1911.

 

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.