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  • 16 Jun 2024 5:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In honor of Juneteenth, the Tate House Museum is offering an

    Imagining Freedom Cyanotype Workshop 

    with Re-Site 2024 artist Ashley Page

    from 12 noon - 3:00 pm

    Participants will start by gaining an in-depth learning session about the history of the Tate House, Stroudwater Village, and the state of Maine from Ashley and Tate House Museum’s executive director Holly K. Hurd and consulting curator Laura F. Sprague which will be grounded in the theme of Imagining Freedom. Following this, we will explore these themes through cyanotypes. Participants are encouraged but not required to bring found objects, ephemera, or materials with personal significance. For example: grass, hair, beads, rocks, shells, feathers, fabric, inks, special papers, etc.

    Advance tickets cost $30 each and include all materials. Space is limited to 25. Visit for tickets.

    Please note, due to the cyanotype process, sunlight is essential. *Rain date for this event is Sunday, June 23, *2-5 pm*. Please be mindful of both dates when signing up.

    The Tate House Museum will also be open to the public for a Community Day of free admission on June 19th from 10 am - 4 pm with tours every hour on the hour at 10:00 am, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 pm.

    **Registration for free tours is required by June 17 at FMI contact Director Holly K. Hurd**

  • 14 Jun 2024 2:49 PM | Anonymous member

       From 1919 to 1921, Augusta was home to a movie production company founded by Edgar Jones and local businessmen. His goal was to make “North Woods” films. He chose the Augusta area because of the Kennebec River, surrounding lakes and forestland, and its four seasons. Jones brought in a company of actors and a film crew, who all lived together at 129 Sewall Street. Jones used locals as extras in the films. The films premiered at the Colonial Theater in Augusta.

        Jones worked with local writer Holman Day to adapt many of Day’s stories for the films. In 1921 Day and local businessmen took over the company, ousting Jones. Day soon bankrupted the company.

        Six of the dozens of two-reel films from this era are known to survive. Four are archived at the Library of Congress in various collections, and British Film Institute donated a pair to Northeast Historic Film in Bucksport. Digital scans of the original 35-millimeter films, with new music scores added, were screened in June 2023 at the Colonial.

        KHS presenter Ed Lorusso will show two of the films, Caught in the Rapids and Cupid, Registered Guide, roughly 20 minutes each. He also will provide commentary, then answer questions after the viewing.

        Lorusso has been restoring silent films since he retired. Six of his projects have been licensed by Turner Classic Movies, including The Enchanted Cottage (1924), which will air later this year. His projects have been screened at various theaters and silent film festivals across the country. He’s also the author of The Silent Films of Marion Davies and is working on a book about filmmaking in Maine during the silent era.

        The Kennebec Historical Society presentation is free to the public (donations are gladly accepted) and will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 21, at Augusta City Center, located at 16 Cony Street in Augusta. If you have questions about the program, call Scott Wood, executive director, at 622-7718.

  • 14 Jun 2024 2:48 PM | Anonymous member

    After spending five years traveling thousands of miles around Maine, here are a few things writer Tim O’Brien has learned, according to a summary of his recent book, The Maine Roadshow: A Roadside Tour of the State’s History, Culture, Food, Funk & Oddities: “There’s a one-ton replica of the Liberty Bell on the grounds of the Maine State Capitol. The seeds for the Space Shuttle Pines, now growing in Augusta, travelled 2.4 million miles before being planted. Our state has more moose per mile than any of the other lower 48 states. Maine’s oldest town was incorporated 125 years before the birth of the United States. There’s a building in Columbia Falls that looks like a blueberry and one in Wells that looks like a hunk of cheese.”

    O’Brien, the Kennebec Historical Society’s speaker for July, has captured these and other Maine highlights in his illustrated book. His lecture, supported by a PowerPoint presentation, will be about the book. A resident of Belgrade and Nashville, Tennessee, he is a photojournalist with 18 books to his credit. He has worked for decades as a communications specialist in the entertainment industry chronicling theme parks, amusement parks, roadside attractions, circuses, carnivals, and sideshows.

    The lecture, co-sponsored by the Maine State Library, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. July 17, 2024, at the library’s temporary location, 242 State Street in Augusta. Donations are gladly accepted. If you have any questions about the event, please call the society at (207) 622-7718.

  • 14 Jun 2024 2:46 PM | Anonymous member

    Maine’s forest is immense. Since Colonial times, Maine settlers have cut trees from its millions of acres of forest. Britain cut thousands of tall pine trees for masts for their royal navy ships. This slide presentation, titled “Logging in Maine,” describes logging from its earliest methods, including primitive cutting and hauling methods and water-powered sawmills, to the development of steam log haulers and steam-powered sawmills in the early 20th century, when her latest logging book, Trouble in Nathan’s Woods, takes place. Log drives, on the Kennebec River and others, will be discussed. Cowan’s passion for writing about forests and logging was inspired by her family’s history. The Mortons owned Paris Manufacturing Company, located in South Paris, Maine, where they manufactured wooden sleds, skis, and other wood products. They also operated a large lumber camp, where her father lived as a young boy. The program includes pictures of 19th-century logging camps, shows how logs were harvested and hauled out of the woods, and includes historic photos taken by her grandfather.

    Award-winning author and KHS presenter, Mary Morton Cowan, has been writing books and articles for young readers for more than 30 years and has completed several courses focusing on that genre. A Maine native, Cowan graduated from Westbrook High School and Bates College, where she concentrated her studies in English and Music. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and of Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance.

    The Kennebec Historical Society’s June presentation is free to the public (donations are gladly accepted) and will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at the Augusta City Center, located at 16 Cony Street in Augusta. If you have any questions about the program, please call Scott Wood, executive director, at 622-7718.

  • 11 Jun 2024 3:14 PM | Anonymous member

    COLONIAL LIVE! Saturday June 22, 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm


    Join us in celebrating the opening of the Tate House Museum’s 2024 season on Saturday, June 22 nd from 12 noon to 4:00 PM. We’ll be doing colonial up big with fun activities for the whole family. Our special guest is colonial reenactor Michael Dekker who will be demonstrating how structures were built in the 18 th century including the hand-hewing of logs using colonial tools and basic timber framing joinery. Dekker is the author of French and Indian Wars in Maine and will be engaging visitors with his extensive knowledge of the time period.

    Colonial games and activities for children will be offered as well as tours of the housefeaturing our new temporary art installation by Ashley Page. There will be other colonial-focused activities such as a colonial play Tate Family & Neighbors, architectural tours,colonial displays, and more! See for schedule details.Entrance fees are $18 for adults, $8 for children 6-12 (under 6 free), $40 for families with up to 3 children. Members of Tate House Museum are $15 / $5 / $35.

    Come join in the fun and experience this unique museum with its colonial trappings LIVE! Experience our new, more inclusive narratives featuring the work and life of a domestic servant who was likely enslaved and Wabanaki baskets representing colonial trade.

    Tate House Museum is now open for regular house tours through Oct 12. Please visit our website for advance tickets and information:

    We are offering free house tours on Juneteenth and a special artist workshop with Ashley Page (ticketed) from 12 noon - 3 pm. Registration is required on our website. FMI visit

    FMI: Holly K. Hurd

    Tate House Museum

    1267 Westbrook Street

    Portland ME 04102

  • 05 Jun 2024 5:31 PM | Anonymous member

    Enjoy a mystery tour of local homes and gardens that would not normally be open to the public. Each location will present a unique theme. Advanced orders will be taken for a boxed lunch (by phone or through our online store). Proceeds from this even fund the Rufus Porter Museum and it's community programs.

    Buy tickets here

    Reserve a boxed lunch here

  • 30 May 2024 12:05 PM | Anonymous member

    “Painting an Inclusive History: Maine Women in Politics,” is an exhibition of the work of Jerri Whitman. Based in Dresden, Maine, Whitman is a longtime artist who works in oil, pastel, acrylic, colored pencil and graphite. Presently, Whitman is working to create a portrait of every woman from Maine who has been elected to the Maine Legislature, the U.S. House of Representatives, or the U.S. Senate. The first twenty-six of these portraits are featured in “Painting an Inclusive History” and are currently on display at the Margaret Chase Smith (MCS) Library. This exhibition opened on Monday, May 20th, and will close on Wednesday, November 27th, 2024.

    On Thursday, June 20th, from 4pm to 7pm, there will be a public opening reception for “Painting an Inclusive History” at the MCS Library in Skowhegan, Maine. This event will be free and open to all, there will be light refreshments served, and brief welcoming remarks will be given at 5pm.

    The staff of the MCS Library encourages everyone to either attend the public opening reception on Thursday, June 20th, from 4pm to 7pm, or visit the MCS Library before the exhibition ends in November 2024. The MCS Library is open to the public Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm, and reservations are highly encouraged for visitors. To make a reservation, please call the MCS Library, (207) 474-7133.

    Margaret Chase Smith Library

    56 Norridgewock Ave, Skowhegan, ME 04976

  • 06 May 2024 8:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Tate House Museum’s Annual Plant & Herb Sale on May 18

    Portland --- It’s that time of year again when fingers are itching to get out into the garden. We invite you to shop for perennials and annuals for your garden in support of Tate House Museum on Saturday May 18, from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.

    This popular plant sale features moderately-priced perennials divided from the Tate House Museum’s 18th century reproduction garden. There will also be a variety of annual flowers, vegetable seedlings, native plants, other perennials and hanging baskets to choose from. This can be your one-stop garden shop to support a good cause!

    We will once again have a “Make Your Own Seed Bomb” activity and a sneak peek viewing of Tate House featuring our new art installation by Ashley Page from 10-12 noon.

    Proceeds from the sale support the educational mission of Tate House Museum, the only colonial area historic house open to the public in Greater Portland.

    FMI: Contact Director Holly K. Hurd

    Tate House Museum

    1267 Westbrook Street

    Portland, ME 04102


  • 05 May 2024 11:11 PM | Anonymous member

    Winthrop Maine Historical Society presents A History of the Roberts FuneralHome with Lynn Roberts Reed and Leon Roberts on Thursday, May 9, 2024.6:00 pmAll presentations start at 6:00pm and take place at the Winthrop History and Heritage Center,107 MainStreet. A zoom link is also available at Meeting ID: 8109663 6540.Contact WMHS at207-395-5199 or atwinthropmainehistorical@gmail.comfor moreinformation.

    Lynn Roberts Reed and Leon Roberts will speak to the Winthrop Maine Historical Society on Thursday, May 9, 2024 at 6 pm about the history of the Roberts Funeral Home. The funeral home dates to the mid-1800’s and to  six generations of the Roberts family.  William Harrison Roberts was a cabinet maker and undertaker in Wayne in 1840.  William had four sons. Frank Roberts moved to Georgetown, Mass to establish his own funeral home and Will, Wendall, and Nathan all moved to Readfield where Nathan’s son Leon carried on the family tradition after his father died.  Following a devastating fire in Readfield Village, Leon lost everything and decided to purchase a home on Bowdoin Street in Winthrop and renovated it into the first funeral parlor in the area.   Leon’s sons Carleton and Douglass carried on the family tradition until their retirements when Carleton’s son Terry took over.  Terry’s wife Janice and their daughter Lynn and son Leon joined them and took over when Terry & Janice retired.  With the next generation pursuing alternate careers and no one to continue the family tradition, Leon and Lynn sold the business in 2018 to Jeffrey Forsythe, a funeral director from Fairfield, Maine but both Lynn and Leon continue to work part-time. 

  • 01 May 2024 1:04 PM | Anonymous member

    Tate House Museum is pleased to announce our participation in Re-Site 2024 in partnership with SPACE. This Mellon Foundation-funded program is the second edition of a site-specific temporary public art and Portland history-telling initiative first launched in 2020 as part of Maine’s Bicentennial. Re-Site 2024 offers five new artistic projects in partnership with diverse public organizations and spaces that will help expand community knowledge of local histories and their impacts today as well as generate dialogue about what we carry with us into the future. Re-Site 2024 projects come with site histories, artist statements, bibliographies for further reading, and recorded conversations with the artists and other key participants. FMI about Re-Site 2024, visit

    Tate House Museum will host an Opening Night Reception with Re-Site 2024 Artist Ashley Page on Friday May 10 from 5:30-7:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public, and will include viewing of Ashley’s art installation titled Imagining Freedom in the context of the historic 1755 Tate House. Her artwork will be on display through June 30 and can be viewed as part of Tate House Museum’s regular house tours, opening for the season on June 5, Wednesdays - Saturdays, 10 am - 4 pm, through mid-October.

    Ashley Page (, interdisciplinary artist and Studio and Programs Manager at Indigo Arts Alliance, describes her project as follows: Reconciling Portland, Maine’s history of industrialization and colonization while contending with the global reverberations of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, Imagining Freedom, asks the viewer to step into the shoes of an enslaved Black individual, Bet. Her age, appearance, homelands, and quality of life are all unknown, lost to the unraveling nature of time. Only appearing in court records, we know nothing about Bet other than that she was a servant living and working in the Tate House in the 1770s for an indeterminate amount of time. Researching the social, political, and economic landscape of Maine during this period and reviewing archival documents, Page makes an intentional departure from the archive as she asks the guiding question: What did freedom look like for Bet? What did her daydreams look like, sound like, taste like? This historical recovery project grapples with the ways enslaved peoples were excluded from historical records and navigates new ways we tell our stories.

    Stay tuned for more information about an upcoming workshop by Ashley Page on Juneteenth (June 19 th ) that will highlight her artistic process. Join us for this unique and provocative viewing and more inclusive telling of Tate House and colonial Portland history.

    FMI: contact Director Holly K. Hurd


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