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  • 27 Sep 2021 3:20 PM | Anonymous member

    We are excited to announce that the Arctic Museum galleries are now open Tuesday-Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and a reservation is required.

    • To make a reservation, contact the outreach coordinator, at least one working day before the time you want to visit. Email or call (207) 725-3416.

    • Because of staffing schedules, we regret that drop-ins cannot be accommodated

    • A proof of vaccination is required of all visitors age 5 and older (and booster for age 12 and older). Please follow the directions on this link to upload your vaccination card to the CLEAR app and get a health pass.

    • If you do not want to use the CLEAR app, please arrive ready to show us your vaccination card [photos of the front and back of the card will suffice] and a valid federal or state ID.

    • We are allowing outside groups (maximum 10), using reservation requirements.
    • Unvaccinated children ages 2-4 must wear masks while visiting the museum.

    • All visitors are encouraged to wear masks within the museum.

    • Bowdoin College faculty, staff and students should make a reservation and arrive with your college ID.

    • You can find a list of exhibits currently on view in the galleries here.

    • A large selection of online exhibits are found here.

  • 15 Sep 2021 2:52 PM | Anonymous member

    Tate House Presents ColoniAle 2021

    Portland__ Due to concerns about Covid exposure to our guests the Tate House Museum and Mast Landing Brewing Company are offering a scaled down version of ColoniAle on September 25th. This will be a beer focused event with a presentation by our docents and speaker outside in the back yard of the Tate House overlooking the Stroudwater River. The evening starts at 6:30PM with an overview of beer related activities in the 18th century presented by our docents. This is followed by a talk by Ben Lisle entitled “Ale for Invalids: Brewing and Drinking Beer Under the Maine Law in 19th Century Portland.”

    Ben is an assistant professor in American Studies at Colby College. He is the author of Modern Coliseums: Stadiums and American Culture published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2017.

    His current research investigates the way craft beer has reshaped urban landscapes since the 1980s. Lisle also manages the Maine Beer Project ( and writes a bi-weekly beer column for the Portland Press Herald. He is on Twitter at @bdlisle.

    Tickets for the event are $25 General Admission, $20 Members and can be purchased by going to the Tate House website, Membership purchases are also available at that website. Admission includes a Tate House pint glass and a 16 ounce can of Mast Landing Brewing Company ale. Rain date is September 26th.

    This is an outdoor lecture so please bring a lawn chair or blanket for open seating. The backyard

    can be cooler or breezy in the evenings so please plan accordingly.

    For more information contact Director Holly K. Hurd, or 207-774-6177

  • 07 Sep 2021 12:51 PM | Anonymous member

    – Tate House Museum is pleased to announce our third illustrated Outdoor Summer Lecture to be held on Wednesday, September 15 at 7:30 pm on the beautiful lawn behind the Tate House. Rain date is Thursday, September 16.

    Andrew Vietze is the bestselling author of more than a dozen books. He splits his time between the coast of Maine and the deep North Woods serving as a ranger for half the year at Baxter State Park. His books include bestseller “Boon Island” and “Becoming Teddy Roosevelt,” which won a silver Independent Publishers Book Award, was a finalist for the Book of the Year Award, and was honored by the Maine State Legislature. As a freelance journalist, Vietze has published in a number of online and print magazines and other publications. His talk will focus on his book “White Pine: American History and the Tree that Made a Nation” with a special focus on the mast trade in the Portland area that was central to the lives of the Tate family.

    Tickets are $15 per person for the general public and $12 for Tate House Museum members. New member sign-ups will receive a free “Tate Tote” bag as part of our promotional Summer Membership Drive. Tickets are available in advance at the Tate House Gift Shop during open hours (Thurs-Sat 10-4) or starting at 7:00 PM on the day of the lecture.

    This is an outdoor lecture so please bring a lawn chair or blanket for open seating. The backyard can be cooler or breezy in the evenings so please plan accordingly.

    Located at 1270 Westbrook Street in the historic Stroudwater Neighborhood, the 1755 Tate House was constructed for Captain George Tate, Senior Mast Agent for the British Royal Navy. The Tate House Museum is the only Pre-Revolutionary home in Greater Portland open to the public and offers an insightful glimpse at the 18th century and life in Colonial Maine through impressive period furnishings, beautiful grounds, herb gardens, and unique architecture.

    For more information contact Director Holly K. Hurd, or 207-774-6177

  • 22 Jul 2021 4:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join Les Fossel of Old House Restoration, Jonathan Hall of Maine Preservation, and the Greenhorns team for a weekend intensive workshop to learn traditional skills and methods of historic preservation in Pembroke, ME. Washington County has some of the finest 18th and 19th century architecture on the Atlantic seaboard, much of it imperiled by our cold winters, shrinking population and thin economic base. The civic buildings, churches and halls of Downeast were built during the age of sail, lumber, ship building and early industrial development of our rivers. Now the rivers are being restored—but what about the buildings! There is a critical need for farmers and skilled tradespersons in Washington County. With the rest of the Atlantic coast increasingly out of reach, this is a place where a person willing to swing a hammer can actually get some equity going! This is the topic of a strategic session on historic preservation, led by Les, a tireless advocate of the practice and one of New England's foremost preservation contractors. Join us for walkabouts, networking lunches, and skill-building hands-on workshops as we contend with the reality all around us, including the 1896-built Oddfellows Hall, now "Reversing Hall", that is the home of Greenhorns. We will visit other great buildings, talk about triage and approaches, review the existing learning opportunities, and bust out the hammers ourselves. Meals provided by Smithereen Farm, donations appreciated. For more information contact or 603 381 1115. Sign up here

  • 14 Jul 2021 2:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Induction Ceremony August 8that the Silver Spur

    All are invited to attend The Maine Country Music Hall of Fame Annual Induction Ceremony on Sunday, August 8th, 2021 at the Silver Spur 272 Lewiston Street, Rt. 121, Mechanic Falls, Maine.  Doors will open at 11 AM and the ceremony and musical show will begin at 12 noon.  Admission is $15 and tickets may be purchased by calling Nancy Crosby at 207-645-2472.  The snack counter will be open to purchase a lunch.

    This year we will be honoring both the 2020 and 2021 inductees.  2020 inductees include Bucky Mitchell, Don Nickerson and Paul Main.  Promoter inductees are Sue Baker, Wagon Wheel Ranch; Pati Crooker, Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival; Greg and Sandy Cormier, Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival; Norm Poulin, Country Music Pioneer Shows; and Dick Stacey, Dick Stacey’s Jamboree.  2021 inductees include Jeff Dustin, Phil and Ellen LaClaire, and Pard Letellier, as well as Hall of Fame co-founder Gini Huntington.

    There will be raffles and prizes including a handmade quilt and a pair of tickets to the Maine State Music Theatre production of “Ring of Fire,” a Johnny Cash musical presented at the Portland Stage Theatre, Forest Ave, Portland through the month of August.

  • 14 Jul 2021 2:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hiram Historical Society


    A special trolley tour of

    Hidden Historic Houses of 1820

    A Maine State Bicentennial Event

    Sunday August 1, 2021 at 2:00pm

    Great Ossipee Museum

    20 Historical Ridge, Hiram 04041

    The Museum will be open 1 hour before and after the tour

    Trolley departs precisely at 2pm from the Museum

    Tour is expected to last 1 ½ hours



    Tickets are $25.00 or $20 each for two

    Send check payable to Hiram Historical Society

    To Donna Ward, PO Box 35, Hiram 04041

    FMI 207-625-4790 or 207-615-4390

  • 19 Jun 2021 3:41 PM | Anonymous member

    Tate House Museum will be opening for the season on July 1st. Tours are Thursday through Saturday with first tour at 10AM on the hour until the last tour at 3PM. Tickets are online only at and masks are required regardless of vaccination status. Tidkets are $15 adults, $12 seniors and $7 children under 12. FMI: or 774-6177

  • 15 Jun 2021 4:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Kerck Kelsey Research Room Dedication

    Friday, August 13th 1:00-3:00

    Norlands Living History Center, Livermore, Maine

    Albert (Kerck) Van Boskerck Kelsey, 1933–2020

    Have you ever wondered about the granite, gothic building on the grounds of the Norlands Living History Center in Livermore, Maine? This is your chance to see the inside as we pay tribute to Albert “Kerck” Kelsey and dedicate the Research Room to his memory.

    Kerck Kelsey had deep roots in the Norlands. He was the sixth-generation descendant of Israel Washburn, through son Cadwallader. Using the Washburn Memorial Library resources, he researched and wrote three histories of the Washburn Family: Prairie Lightning: The Rise and Fall of William Drew WashburnIsrael Washburn Jr.: Maine’s Little-Known Giant of the Civil War and Remarkable Americans: The Washburn Family. A successful businessman, historian and lecturer, he never tried of extoling the accomplishments of the Washburn family.  

    On Friday, August 13th a dedication ceremony will be held on the lawn of the library from 1:00-3:00. Library tours will take place an hour before the ceremony. Come and tour the library, listen in to the ceremony, view the research displays and see the renovations made to the Norlands’ archive. 

  • 24 May 2021 10:07 AM | Anonymous

    Join us for a free Zoom discussion on Wednesday, May 26th at 12 pm for a discussion on whether proposed bills to ban foreign involvement in Maine election referendums violate our First Amendment rights, or are they a sensible extension of federal precedent? You be the judge! 

    Register for Zoom.

  • 17 May 2021 2:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Friday Oct 1, 2021 the Center for Painted Wall Preservation is hosting a Connecticut River Valley Talk and Tour of homes with painted murals and overmantels! These residences are not normally open to the public. The Talk will begin at 9:30 AM at the Lyme Center Academy Building and box lunches and maps will be distributed after the talk for those registered for the event. Pre-registration $50/person including box lunch is necessary at and will open Aug. 1. We look forward to meeting you and sharing this rare opportunity to view these marvelous painted folk art murals and their history.  Masks and proof of Covid vaccination will be required.   

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