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July 20, 2021
Exhibition: Artwork by World War II German Prisoners of War in Aroostook County

July 2, 2021
Exhibition: The Advent of Green Acre, A Bahá'í Center of Learning

June 10, 2021
Down East Magazine highlights the MHS Historic Dress Collection

May 7, 2021
Maine Historical Society presents BEGIN AGAIN: reckoning with intolerance in Maine

April 19, 2021
Maine Historical Society honors L. L. Bean Family with 2021 Maine History Maker Award

March 10, 2021
Public Can Access MHS Historic Clothing Collection on New Online Portal Thanks to IMLS Grant

February 5, 2021
Maine Historical Society Receives $500,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to Support Offsite Collections Management Center

January 11, 2021
MHS Awarded $50,000 Grant from Leon Levy Foundation for Architecture and Landscape Architecture Initiative and Website

September 22, 2020
A Convenient Soldier: The Black Guards of Maine

September 3, 2020
MAINE AT 200: Notable Presenters Dialog in New MHS Topical Bicentennial Series

August 25, 2020
HARD WON. NOT DONE. Public Invited to Hear Diverse Panel Discuss Winning, Extending and Defending Voting Rights

July 2, 2020
Maine Historical Society Staged Re-Opening Begins July 8, 2020

June 24, 2020
Maine Historical Society Convened 198th Annual Meeting with New Trustees and Awards

April 28, 2020
ADD YOUR STORY to MY MAINE STORIES: A Special Initiative of Maine Historical Society

November 25, 2019
Comfort & Joy: Christmas in Olde New England

October 15, 2019
2019 MHS Maine History Maker Award Will Honor The Hildreth Family

March 27, 2019
Magical History Tour & Mr. Longfellow's Cocktail Party 2019

February 25, 2019
HOLDING UP THE SKY: Major New MHS Exhibition Honors the First People of Maine, the Wabanaki

December 3, 2018
MHS Presents Christmas Bells: A Holiday Handbell Concert In Partnership with The Pine Tree Academy Bell Ringers

November 14, 2018
Gerald Dickens Returns to Perform A CHRISTMAS CAROL the Literary Classic Written by His Great-Great Grandfather Charles Dickens

October 3, 2018
MHS to Honor Five Food Innovators With Maine History Maker Award November 13, 2018

September 27, 2018
MHS Hosts Renowned Chef/Author Barton Seaver for October 11 Panel Discussion on Maine’s Seafood Industry

July 16, 2018
Maine Historical Society and Maine Storytelling Muster Partner for Storytelling Event

June 13, 2018
Maine Historical Society Welcomes Four New Board Members

June 6, 2018
Maine Historical Society Introduces New Genealogy Experience

April 12, 2018
Magical History Tour Unlocks Portland’s Past

February 7, 2018
New Exhibition at Maine Historical Society Explores Maine's Relationship with Food

January 23, 2018
KAPOW! New Exhibition at Maine Historical Society Explores Contemporary Comic Art

November 16, 2017
Charles Dickens' Great-great-grandson to Perform A Christmas Carol in Portland at Historic Church

October 20, 2017
New Exhibition at Maine Historical Society Explores Contemporary Creative Expression in Maine

September 28, 2017
Maine Historical Society honors Cianchette family with 2017 Maine History Maker Award

June 23, 2017
New Exhibition at Maine Historical Society Explores Maine's Creative Economy Through Historic Trade Banners

June 2, 2017
New Exhibition at Maine Historical Society Explores Maine's Paper Industry

January 25, 2017
Maine Historical Society Launches Online Storytelling Portal for Individual Contributors

November 11, 2015
Maine Historical Society & Southern Maine Veterans Administration Clinic of Saco launch initiative to capture the stories of Maine's Vietnam Veterans

November 12, 2014
Maine Historical Society Announces Publication of New Book, Maine In The Civil War: A Bibliographic Guide

May 30, 2014
Maine Historical Society receives TripAdvisor Award

April 7, 2014
Maine Historical Society and Maine Humanities Council award grants to five Maine communities

February 2, 2014
The History of Maine's Immigrant-Era Shuls: Yiddish Documents Reveal Life, Tradition and Politics

January 17, 2014
Maine Historical Society receives grant to study Anshe Sfard

October 18, 2013
Maine Historical Society Honors Veterans

September 12, 2013
Pomologist John Bunker to Speak, and Host Heirloom Apple Tasting, at Maine Historical Society

August 20, 2013
Nan Cumming Returns to Her Roots as Maine Historical Society’s Director of Development

April 17, 2013
Maine Humanities Council and Maine Historical Society award grants to four Maine communities

April 8, 2013
Landscape Historian Judith Tankard presents Annual Olmsted Lecture on Beatrix Farrand

March 13, 2013
Maine Historical Society, Maine Humanities Council to offer Civil War Sesquicentennial Symposium on April 27, 2013

March 7, 2013
Age of Edison Author Ernest Freeberg to Keynote Electricity Exhibit Programs at Maine Historical Society

October 29, 2012
Maine Historical Society opens exhibit "In a Whole New Light"

October 18, 2012
Maine Historical Society awards 10 grants for Maine Memory Network Projects

September 28, 2012
Maine Historical Society and the Maine Humanities Council Receive $348,946 from the National Endowment for the Humanities

August 8, 2012
September Grant Deadline for Maine Memory Network Projects

July 30, 2012
Long-Awaited Children's Gate Dedicated

April 24, 2012
Maine Historical Society Appoints New Director

February 2, 2012
Public Program Series to Explore Greater Portland’s Landscape

January 25, 2012
Maine Historical Society Announces Publication of New Book, A Maine Prodigy

January 24, 2012
April 1st Grant Deadline for MMN Projects

January 20, 2012
Take to the Streets!

January 5, 2012
MHS receives grant from Maine Community Foundation

February 10, 2011
Grants Available to Support Participation in Maine Memory Network

September 27, 2010
Major Grant to MHS to Promote 21st Century Skills for Libraries, Historical Societies, and Schools

September 6, 2010
Maine Historical Leads Effort to Keep Banners in Maine

July 15, 2010
MHS Awarded Grant to Process Central Maine Power Collection

April 14, 2010
New Photography Exhibit, Exposed: Rare Photographs of Life in Maine

April 1, 2010
Brown Library Renovation and Expansion Campaign

February 8, 2010
Nominations Sought for the $10,000 PRESERVE AMERICA HISTORY TEACHER of the YEAR Award

October 30, 2009
Oakhurst Dairy Awards $2,500 to Maine Historical Society for Children's Gate in the Longfellow Garden

July 27, 2009
Maine Historical Society Awarded $5,000 from The Horizon Foundation to Offer Field Trip Subsidy

July 22, 2009
The Davis Family Foundation Awards $20,000 to Maine Historical Society Towards Longfellow Garden Restoration

May 27, 2009
Popular Longfellow Garden at MHS to Reopen

March 19, 2009
The Brown Library at Maine Historical Society to Reopen on March 24 after 2-year Renovation and Expansion

February 26, 2009
Maine Historical Society to Offer Field Trip Subsidy

December 2, 2008
Maine Historical Society Awarded $2,500 Grant From Maine Community Foundation

August 4, 2008
Maine Historical Society Awarded $150,000 Grant from The Institute of Museum and Library Services

March 18, 2008
In Collaboration with Maine Memory Network, The Bangor Daily News Features Series on Pioneering Maine Women

February 27, 2008
Maine Historical Society Launches $9 Million MHS Library Capital Campaign and $400,000 Kresge Foundation Challenge

November 27, 2007
Groundbreaking Ceremony to be Held as Centennial Library Renovations Begin

October 24, 2007
Maine Historical Society Awarded $852,000 National Leadership Grant to Launch The Maine Community Heritage Project in 16 Towns and Cities Throughout The State

September 27, 2007
Maine Historical Society Awarded $15,000 Grant From Maine Community Foundation

November 3, 2006
Maine Historical Society Awarded Two $5,000 Grants From Maine Community Foundation

September 27, 2006
Timeline of Selected Events in Maine History added to Maine Historical Society Website

September 13, 2006
Maine Historical Society Awarded $349,000 From NEH To Create Maine History Online

April 12, 2006
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Website Launched by Maine Historical Society