Spark! Maine ART Stories Open daily through March 31, 2018 Winter hours: November 1 – April 30: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm HOLIDAY HOURS: December 1 – 23: Tuesday-Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday, 10am-5pm   Maine has always been a home and a… Read More
    Maine has always been a home and a haven to artists and creative makers. Maine Historical Society’s new exhibition — Spark! Maine ART Stories — explores creativity in Maine and features 16 contemporary Maine artists. “Spark! Maine ART Stories explores the varied and diverse… Read More
    Each year the Maine Historical Society recognizes traditions of innovation, leadership, and commitment to community that have defined Maine throughout its history. This year, Maine Historical Society has selected the Cianchette family as its 2017 Maine History Maker. The award honors the direct descendants of Ralph and Edna… Read More
    Join Jacqueline Field, Maine Historical Society textile and dress historian and author, for her colorful illustrated talk on hats, fashion, and social custom. This talk is presented in conjunction with the current Longfellow House hat installation Hats About the House: Victorian Bonnets, Top Hats, 1950s Fascinators and More… Read More
    Join MHS Chief Curator Kate McBrien for an insider’s view of the creation of MHS’s exhibit, Creative Maine: Trade Banners and the Crafts That Built Maine.  Creative Maine explores the creativity and ingenuity that created the Maine economy through the historical parade banners of the Maine Charitable Mechanic… Read More
    Creative Maine explores the creativity and ingenuity that created the Maine economy as we know it today through the historical parade banners of the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association and examples from some of the most innovative businesses in Maine today. In 1841, MCMA members marched through the streets… Read More
    Creative Maine explores the creativity and ingenuity that created the Maine economy as we know it today through the historical parade banners of the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association and examples from some of the most innovative businesses in Maine today. In 1841, MCMA members marched through the streets… Read More
    Grandparents are often our first, and closest, link to history. In honor of National Grandparents Day, Maine Historical Society will offer a special family admission price of $15 to all families who visit with a grandparent today. In addition, grandparents who purchase an MHS family membership on this… Read More
    We invite you to join Nicholas Noyes, Curator of Library Collections, for a free 45-minute tour of the MHS Brown Library as he takes participants throughout the library’s reading rooms and behind-the-scenes into the archive, normally closed to the public. Nicholas Noyes covers the history of the building,… Read More
    Portland Public Library and Longfellow Books in collaboration with the Maine Historical Society will host Tom Ricks at the Spotlight Lecture Series. Ricks will give a lecture on his New York Times bestselling book, Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom. The talk and book signing will be… Read More
    Join us 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… Read More
    Join us at each program for the reading of a favorite story book followed by crafts and activities for the whole family. This year we’ll explore the fun and wonder of making and inventing things, as well as the different types of jobs people do! Our story book… Read More
    Children’s Hour is back at Maine Historical Society this summer! Join us at each program for the reading of a favorite story book followed by crafts and activities for the whole family. This year we’ll explore the fun and wonder of making and inventing things, as… Read More
    Visit the Maine Historical Society to see our newest exhibits Creative Maine: Trade Banners and the Crafts that Built Maine and Making Paper, Making Maine! Creative Maine beautifully displays historical parade banners of the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association. This exhibit explores the longtime creativity and… Read More
    Join us for the reading of a favorite story book followed by crafts and activities for the whole family. This year we’ll explore the fun and wonder of making and inventing things, as well as the different types of jobs people do! July’s selection is Clothesline… Read More
    Join Maine Historical Society for a guided tour of the city and its waterfront highlighting Portland’s history, maritime heritage, and authentic character. Learn how Maine’s largest city evolved from a small British colony to a booming center of American culture and commerce. Famous city residents, industries, architecture, historic… Read More
    Independence Day Celebrations at MHS With Former State Representative Herb Adams Join MHS to celebrate the Fourth of July with these special programs! + Our great annual tradition: a public reading by former State Representative Herb Adams of the Declaration of… Read More
    Join us 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! The War of 1812 impacted Maine in unique and complex ways, specifically privateering along the Maine coast. Read More
    Join MHS Executive Director Steve Bromage for an insider’s view of the creation of MHS’s exhibit, Making Paper, Making Maine. On view through October 28. Paper has shaped Maine’s economy, molded individual and community identities, and impacted the environment throughout Maine. Making Paper, Making Maine recognizes… Read More
    Celebrate the opening of our newest exhibition Making Paper, Making Maine! Paper has shaped Maine’s economy, molded individual and community identities, and impacted the environment throughout Maine. When the Otis Falls Pulp Company was opened by Hugh Chisholm in Jay in 1888, the mill was one… Read More