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1822 Leadership Circle

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1822 Leadership Circle

When you join the Maine Historical Society's 1822 Leadership Circle, you stand alongside like-minded individuals who love Maine and appreciate the importance of history. Members lead the way in supporting MHS's work to preserve and share Maine stories to enrich our communities today.

As a member, you'll get a deeper view into Maine history and unique perspective on contemporary issues. Enjoy special communications and access to historical collections, exhibits, and programs, as well as opportunities to shape the future of Maine Historical Society and our state through conversations with our Executive Director, staff, and Trustees.

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Benefits and Experiences

Households with total annual support at the following levels enjoy special benefits on top of significant membership offerings:


1822 Leadership Circle member

All benefits below, plus:
- History book selected annually by Executive Director


1822 Leadership Circle member

All benefits below, plus:
- Customized, private tour for up to four guests of MHS's latest exhibition, Brown Research Library, or Riverside Collections Facility
- 25% discount on Research Services


1822 Leadership Circle member

All benefits below, plus:
- 11 x 14 archival quality print of your choosing from Vintage Maine Images


1822 Leadership Circle member

- Invitations to exclusive events, including exhibition and collections viewings, receptions in special Maine locations, and small group discussions with our Executive Director and special guests
- Periodic correspondence from our Executive Director about MHS activities and trending topics related to history and the state of Maine
- 25% discount on MHS Museum Store and Vintage Maine Images purchases

- *Donors age 40 and younger can become members of the 1822 Leadership Circle with a gift of $500.

Recent Events

Northern Threads Behind-the-Scenes Preview

MHS opened its Riverside Collections Management Center to a small group of 1822 Leadership Circle donors in November 2021 for an inside look at preparations for our 2022 exhibition, Northern Threads: Two Centuries of Dress at Maine Historical Society.

Abby Zoldowski, MHS Collections Manager & Registrar, describes her process for repairing garments for exhibition.
Detail of Mary King Scrimgeour's evening coat, ca. 1885, Lewiston, Maine.
Maine College of Art & Design student intern Vivian Cunningham.
Guests got a behind-the-scenes look at clothing scheduled for Part One (1780 - 1889) of the Northern Threads exhibition.
Textile and costume historian Jacqueline Field points out stitching details on Helen Bancroft Hay’s cameo-button striped dress, ca. 1860.
Jamie Rice, MHS Deputy Director and Northern Threads exhibition co-curator.
The two-part exhibition will also include a small sampling of men’s garments, such as these military uniforms.
MHS’ Riverside Collections Management Center houses thousands of historic Maine items.
This dark green two-piece wool dress, once part of the Westbrook College clothing collection, is representative of fashion that will be featured in Part Two (1890 - 1980) of Northern Threads.
Guests enjoyed close-up views of several garments.
Zilpah Wadsworth Longfellow’s silk and cotton gauze mourning dress, ca. 1804, boxed and preserved, is too fragile to be included in the public exhibition.
“Something old…” Deborah Thaxter’s wedding shoes, ca. 1772. The cloth is said to be from her mother’s wedding dress. Also in the photo is a day dress possibly associated with Lucy (Brooks) Cabot, ca. 1850-60.
Jamie Rice shares an electric blue dress, ca. 1863, worn by Phebe Cole Townsend of Alexander, Maine.
Vivian Cunningham demonstrates mannequin making through Fosshape.
Questions and wrap-up discussion in the Riverside Collections Management Center lobby.
Abby Zoldowski, a trained textile conservator, shows off her technique.

Upcoming Events

As a member of our 1822 Leadership Circle, you will have access to exclusive programs and events. View the 1822 Leadership Circle events