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Umbrella Cover Museum, Peaks Island Curran Homestead and Living History Museum, Orrington Curran Homestead and Living History Museum, Orrington Hamilton House, South Berwick Union Historical Society 

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  • 30 Jul 2016 11:30 AM | Anonymous member

    Stroudwaters historic Tate House Museum is hosting an 18th centuryColonial Frolic at the spectacular Spurwink Farm, located at 50 Fieldways Lane in Cape Elizabeth on July 30th, from 11:30AM to 4:00PM. (Rain date is July 31st.)

    The Frolic is offering an array of colonial games, races and puppets as well as music and other family activities. Historic tours to a private 18th century cemetery on the grounds are also scheduled. Food trucks will be providing hot dogs, hamburgers and desserts. Water is being donated by the Portland Water District. Families are encouraged to bring blankets,umbrellas and hats and enjoy beautiful sweeping views of the Spurwink River and the ocean.

    This is a unique opportunity for families, through outdoor activities, to becomemore acquainted with the significance of the Tate House to Maine history and also learn about issues of local importance, said the Museum Board President, Ralph Carmona. “Conservationists and preservationists Phin and Mary Lou Sprague cordially invite you to enjoy a day at their farm.It’s a rare opportunity.”

    The Spurwink Farm can be reached by following Route 77 south pastCrescent Beach (or north past Higgins Beach) to Charles Jordan Road; then, just follow the signs to 50 Fieldways Lane.

    Admission to the Frolic is $10 per car ($15 at the gate) and $5 for bikes. Pre-purchasing tickets is strongly recommended as space is limited.Tickets can be purchased at Cape Elizabeth Community Services,343 Ocean House Road (between 8AM-4:30PM Mondays through Fridays);Pond Cove IGA339 Ocean House Road (between 7:30-8PM Mondays to Saturday, and 8-6PM on Sundays) or the Tate House Museum1267 Westbrook Street, Portland, 10AM-4PM between Tuesdays and Fridays.

    FMI: contact the Tate House Museum at 207-774-6177 or e-mailing info@tatehouse.org. The museum website is tatehouse.org.






  • 26 Jul 2016 6:30 PM | Anonymous member

    Hawaiian appliqué and quilting reflect the beauty of Hawaii’s tropical and colorful environment. Exotic flowers and wildlife inspire unique and often abstract designs of bright colors on contrasting backgrounds.

    Quilting techniques used by Hawaiian women were adapted from early New England methods. At that time missionaries and their wives traveled to the Hawaiian Islands. Local girls were taught sewing and quilt making, or ‘piecing’ as it was called.

    Tate House Education Committee member Diane Hoppe will present an illustrated demonstration of the history, influences, and art of Hawaiian quilting. This presentation & demonstration will include instructions and materials to begin your own discovery of the beauty of Hawaiian Quilting. Space is limited, so please contact the museum to reserve your space. Telephone 774-6177 or email at info@tatehouse.org

    $12 ($10 members)

  • 20 Jul 2016 6:30 PM | Anonymous member

    The Kennebec Historical Society’s July Public Presentation:  “Maine’s German POW Camps in World War II”

    Between 1944 and 1946, more than 4,000 German prisoners of war called Maine home. The story of how they arrived, and the lasting impact that they had on the people who encountered them is one of Maine’s most interesting and obscure stories.  Using materials and research used to create the 2012 exhibit “Maine Boys Overseas and German Boys in Maine,” Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine Program Director David Greenham shares the lively and surprising story of an interesting chapter of Maine history.  It is a story of cooperation, kindness, and enemies who became colleagues, and even friends. 

    David Greenham is an adjunct professor of Drama at the University of Maine at Augusta, works as a grant writer and Program Manager for the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine (HHRC).  He spent 14 years as the Producing Artistic Director of The Theater At Monmouth, and has been a theater artist and arts administrator for more than 25 years.  In 2013, David was the creator and performer of Maine at Work, a touring program commissioned by the Maine Humanities Council. He has also been seen as a performer with Everyman Repertory Theater, Bath Shakespeare Festival, Camden Shakespeare Festival, and Capitol City Improv in Augusta.  In 2013, David created the exhibit Maine Boys Overseas, and German Boys in Maine for the HHRC.  The exhibit and the research to create it was the inspiration for the POW Camps in Maine program that has been presented for several community groups in Maine.  He continues to research the project with the goal of writing a book about the topic in partnership with several historians.

    The Kennebec Historical Society July Public Presentation will take place on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. at the Michael Klahr Center at the University of Maine at Augusta, 46 University Drive in Augusta.

  • 12 Jul 2016 6:30 PM | Anonymous member
    On July 12that 6:30PM the Tate House Museum will host a lecture by Anne Perkins on the 18thcentury garden in the Stroudwater garden of the Tates. Mrs. Perkins will talk about the major design elements of grand 18thcentury gardens, the influence of Enlightenment thought on garden design of the period and the ideal of the “decorated farm” which informed much of the garden/estate design of the time.As co-chair of the Landscape Committee at the General Henry Knox Museum in Thomaston Anne Perkins has studied much of the literature regarding 18thand 19thcentury garden design in England, France and North America and has traveled extensively, visiting historic homes and gardens here in United States.As a professional vegetable, culinary herb, fruit and cut flower grower she farms at Headacre Farm in Owls Head as well as at her historic home in Thomaston. She sells her produce to local chefs, her farm share customers and at local farmers markets through her business, One Black Sheep, LLC. She designs gardens that integrate annual and perennial plants, vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs through her design business, “Gardens of Use & Delight”.


    This lecture is part of the Summer Lecture Series of the Tate House Museum. Light refreshments will be served and admission is $12 per person, $10 members. For reservations call 774-6177.

    Contact:

    Betty Janus

    Tate House Museum

    1267 Westbrook Street

    Portland ME 04102

    207-774-6177

    info@tatehouse.org





  • 29 Jun 2016 7:00 PM | Anonymous member

    The L.C.Bates Museum has a blue marlin caught by Ernest Hemingway and mounted by Maine taxidermist Fred C. Parke of Bangor. Scholar Susan Beegel will present a talk on Wednesday, June 29 about the marlin and its history and marine life in Hemingway's work Old Man and the Sea. The talk is free and prior to the talk you may visit the museum to see the recently preserved marlin. 

    The L.C.Bates Museum is located at 14 Easler Road (on route 201) in Hinckley, ME. For more information contact the museum at 207-238-4250 or at lcbates@gwh.org.

  • 28 Jun 2016 6:30 PM | Anonymous member

    The Tate House Museum presents Poetry in the Garden on the Tate House lawn by the Stroudwater River on Tuesday, June 28 from 6:30 - 8:00 PM.

    Seeing with the Heart's Ear is a presentation of poems from Martin Steingesser's new book, Yellow Horses, and a garden of poems by several other poets presented as an ensemble work in two voices by Martin, Portland’s first Poet Laureate, and performer Judy Tierney.

    Martin Steingesser's poems whisper, shout and occasionally slam. He is author of three books of poems, Yellow Horses; Brothers of Morning; and The Thinking Heart: the Life & Loves of Etty Hillesum, based on Hillesum’s writings, composed and arranged for performance. The Thinking Heart has toured in New England and in Europe, at the International Etty Hillesum Congress (2014). “His poems are ablaze with imagination,” said poet Laure-Anne Bosselaar. “A burning, tender voice,” declared former Maine Poet Laureate Baron Wormser.

    Judy Tierney is a performer and member of The Thinking Heart Ensemble that toured New England and Europe, a former radio show host, dancer and Taiji practitioner.

    This promises to be an unforgettable evening as Martin and Judy captivate the audience by bringing words to life with their engaging presentation.

    This event is part of the Tate House Museum Summer Lecture Series. The admission fee, which supports the museum and its programs, is $10 ($8 for museum members). Light refreshments will be served. For reservations please call 774-6177 or e-mail the museum at info@tatehouse.org.


  • 25 Jun 2016 11:00 AM | Anonymous member

    A Strawberry Festival and Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2016, at the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, in Livermore, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Festival features a craft fair with artisans demonstrating handmade craft and selling original artwork.  Admission to the craft fair is free.  Regular admission applies to all other activities. There are activities for all ages and all buildings will be open for tours. Ongoing activities for the day include horse-drawn hayrides, tours of the 1867 Washburn family mansion, blacksmithing demonstrations, lessons of the past and spelling bees in the one-room schoolhouse, artifact games and living history in the farmer’s cottage, special presentations, storytelling, and old-fashioned outdoor games such as hoops & graces and croquet. Children’s craft activities include making kites, bean bags, and handkerchief dolls.  Strawberry Shortcake for sale, made with homemade biscuits, local strawberries, and real whipped cream.

    For an enchanted experience and to get inspired about life in 19th-century Maine and Livermore’s celebrated Washburn Family – visit the Norlands – where history comes to life!   

    General admission is $10; $6 ages 12 and under; $25 family rate. FMI: 207-897-4366 or norlands@norlands.org.

  • 16 May 2016 8:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This June, the New England Museum Association will be presenting a leadership workshop exclusively for directors and trustees called High Impact, Low Drama: Optimizing Your Board/CEO Team. They will be having a workshop on June 23 at Bowdoin College. Members of Maine Archives and Museums are invited to attend this workshop at the NEMA member rate of $65. They are encouraging the executive director and at least one board member to attend the workshop together. The $65 fee includes up to 6 people.

    You can find complete details about the workshop here - http://nemanet.org/conference-events/museum-leadership-workshops/.

    Also see this PDF: NEMA Leadership Event Invitation 2016_form.pdf

  • 12 May 2016 6:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Join us for an Educator Evening on Thursday, May 12, 6:00-8:00 pm. Enjoy refreshments, conversation, and networking with fellow educators while learning about current exhibitions, artworks and artists and how to incorporate them into your classroom teaching. Those attending will receive contact hours for certification. For more information, contact Matt Timme, Mirken Coordinator of Education and Public Programs, at mrtimme@colby.edu or visit https://www.colby.edu/museum/


  • 06 May 2016 11:59 AM | Anonymous member

    Explore the beauty of Maine through the juxtaposition of art and natural history. This exhibition will join the flora and fauna of the surrounding area with an artistic definition of a field as an expansive space. Works in a variety of mediums from contemporary Maine artists depicting fields of land and color will be featured. 

    The L.C. Bates Museum is proud to announce its new exhibition Open Spaces: Reimagining Pastoral Maine, opening on May 6th 2016. The show, the result of a collaborative effort between the L.C. Bates Museum staff and two Colby College students, Francesca Soriano and Nora Hill, under the supervision of Professor Véronique Plesch, aims to explore the natural beauty of Maine’s fields and the flora and fauna that fill them. Defining fields as an expansive space, the exhibition seeks to combine scientific and artistic methods of looking at fields. Works in a variety of mediums from contemporary Maine artists will be featured. The exhibition gives visitors a broad perspective of how artists view and portray nature. 

    An opening reception for the exhibition will be held at the L.C. Bates Museum on May 6th from 5-7pm. Throughout the summer there will be various workshops with featured artists and visitors of all ages are encouraged to attend. The L.C. Bates Museum is located in Hinckley, Maine and welcomes visitors to explore Open Spaces: Reimagining Pastoral Maine as well as any objects on display from the Museum’s rich permanent collection.


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