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  • 07 Sep 2023 11:06 AM | Anonymous member

    The Suffrage Movement in Maine - A Talk by Author Anne Gass 
    October 25, 2023, 6:30 PM

    CANTON HISTORICAL SOCIETYThe year 2020 was the 100th anniversary of a woman’s universal right to vote in the US.  In recognition of that landmark anniversary, the Canton Historical Society is hosting a talk on the suffrage movement that proceeded that change.  It will be on Wednesday, October 25, at 6:30 p.m., at 25 Turner Street.  The speaker will be Anne Gass.

    Anne Gass’s great-grandmother, Florence Brooks Whitehouse, was a novelist, painter, vocalist, and mother of three sons.  In 1914, she joined the movement that helped move suffrage forward in Maine.   Ms. Gass will talk about Florence’s leadership in that movement that resulted in the Maine legislature ratifying the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote.   Slides of historic photos will accompany this lively talk.  

    Learn more about Ms. Gass at

    This talk is free admission and open to the public.  The venue is handicap accessible.  Refreshments will be served.  Doors open at 6 p.m.

    If you would like more information about this event, please email, or go to or the “Canton Maine Historical Society” Facebook page.

    Canton Historical Society
    25 Turner Street
    Canton, Maine

  • 06 Sep 2023 5:05 PM | Anonymous member

    The Sullivan-Sorrento Historical Society and the Granite Art Garden present an afternoon outdoor concert by noted Nipmuc musician and flute maker Hawk Henries on Saturday, September 9th at 1:30pm.

    Hawk has performed all over the country to great acclaim and calls Sullivan home. He'll play the flute and tell stories among whimsical granite sculptures by Obadiah Buell at the site of the historic Robertson Quarry, now the Granite Garden Gallery/Granite Art Garden.

    This event is free to the public with donations welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Bring your chairs and bug spray just in case.

    We hope to see you there!

  • 20 Aug 2023 12:34 PM | Anonymous member

    Come celebrate all things COLONIAL at Tate House Museum on Labor Day

    weekend, September 2 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (rain date Sunday or Monday, Sept 3 or 4). We’ll have lots of fun colonial activities for the whole family. Our special guest is Colonial Reenactor Michael Dekker who will describe Native-Colonist trade in the 17th and 18th centuries with his Living History Mobile Museum. Michael is the author of French and Indian Wars in Maine and he will be engaging folks all day with his extensive knowledge of the time period. Colonial games and activities for children will be offered from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM while one-hour docent-led tours of the Tate House will commence at 10 AM, 11 AM and 12 noon. There will be a backyard performance of colonial-dressed characters-- Tate Family & Neighbors--from 1:00 to 2:00 PM. Other exhibits include Herbs and Plants of the Colonial Garden and Herbal Tea Tasting from 10:00-12 noon. Historic textile aficionado Vivian Cunningham will be demonstrating 18th century clothing throughout the day. Special tours in the afternoon will highlight NEW collections and tour narratives, including Native baskets and the work of a domestic servant who was probably enslaved. These tours will occur every half hour from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. We will also offer an Architectural Tour at 2:30 PM that provides a look at the Tate House attic and cellar not included on a regular tour (a $25 value!)

    The cost for the day’s activities is $18 for adults, $7 for children under 12 years and $35 for families with children. Member prices are $15 adults, $5 children, and $30 for families. Tickets available at the door.

    Come join in the fun and experience this unique museum with its colonial trappings LIVE! Tate House Museum is open for regular guided house tours Wednesdays- Saturdays through Oct 14. Please visit our website for advance tickets and information:

    FMI: Holly K Hurd


    Tate House Museum

    1267 Westbrook Street

    Portland ME 04102

  • 14 Aug 2023 10:53 AM | Anonymous member

    On August 30th at 7:15 PM Tate House Museum welcomes audiences to another Backyard Lecture beginning at sunset. Seth Goldstein has spent the last several years researching Maine and the West Indies Trade. He will provide details of the significant economic exchange in which Maine provided food that fed enslaved Africans and materials that built plantations in Caribbean locations such as Barbados, Haiti, and Cuba. Maine merchants exchanged these goods for what were considered luxury commodities at the time: sugar, rum, molasses, cocoa and exotic spices. Goldstein will exhibit how this trade provided a significant source of financial return for merchants from Portland specifically, and Maine generally. He will describe how the urban topography and architecture of Portland was shaped by this economic relationship and the horrid conditions that enslaved Africans endured to produce that wealth.

    Seth Goldstein grew up on Cape Cod where he developed his passion for maritime history. He received his bachelor’s degree in European History from the University of California at Santa Cruz and his master’s degree in World History from Northeastern University. His research interests include the historic North Atlantic fishery, global piracy, New England shipwrecks and lighthouses, the trans-Atlantic slave trade and the Vietnam War era counter culture. He has worked for Greater Portland Landmarks and The Portland Harbor Museum and taught at the University of New England and Southern Maine Community College. Goldstein currently teaches at The Maine College of Art and Design. He is a member of the Atlantic Black Project-- a grass roots non-profit that examines Maine and New England’s marginalized history and the region’s complicity with the economics of enslavement. He is the Director of the Cushing’s Point Museum at Bug Light Park and is the Director of Development for the South Portland Historical Society.

    Advance tickets are $12 for the general public, $10 for Tate House members and can be purchased on our website or in our gift shop. At the door tickets are $15 for the general public and $12 for Tate House members. Bring your own blanket or chair. The Tate House ell will be open for a sneak peek at the house from 6:30-7:15 pm. If it rains the lecture will move to the Stroudwater Village Church at 1729 Congress St Portland.

    FMI: Holly Hurd

    Tate House Museum

    1267 Westbrook St

    Portland ME 04102


  • 08 Aug 2023 1:55 PM | Anonymous member

    Skowhegan Falls History Walk in Celebration of Skowhegan’s Bicentennial

    Date: Thursday, August 24, 2023

    Time: 10:00 am

    Location: Benedict Arnold Park behind the Federated Church, Island Avenue, Skowhegan, Me.

    In celebration of Skowhegan’s Bicentennial Melvin Burnham, local historian, will lead a history walk at Skowhegan Falls Thursday, August 24th 10:00 am, beginning at the Benedict Arnold Park behind the Federated Church, Island Avenue, Skowhegan.

    This history walk offers participants in-depth information with vintage images that illustrate what role Skowhegan Island and Skowhegan Falls played in the development of industry and culture on the Kennebec River during the 19th century.  Participants will learn what it was like to live and work in this era; how the power of moving water can shape the destiny of a community.  This island once could only be accessed by rowboat, canoe, or bateaux. Native Americans used it for fishing, resting, growing crops, and gathering mineral resources for their weapons. Now thousands of vehicles cross this 12-acre island every day.

    The old Spinning Mill, built in 1922, is currently being repurposed as housing units, a hotel, and a brewery. If the conditions are right tour participants will be offered a chance to look inside this project to see how an historic structure can be reconstructed and continue to serve the community.

    Many of the photos shared in this walk originated from the H. A. Wyman Collection assembled by Roland Taylor Patten (1864 - 1913), an early editor/owner of the Independent- Reporter and avid cyclist.  Prior to his involvement in the Independent-Reporter photos used in the paper were discarded after use.  Mr. Patten, realizing their value, decided to save them and over the years collected numerous photos depicting early Skowhegan history.  Upon selling his interest in the newspaper and moving away, Mr. Patten secured funds from H. A. Wyman to assemble his image collection in binders and labeled each with valuable information.  The Wyman Collection is now housed at the Skowhegan History House Museum & Research Center.

    The ninety-minute walk will be tailored to participants’ needs and interests.  Participants are welcome to bring and use lightweight folding chairs for their comfort and use their cameras along the way.

    Join the tour and take a step back in time to see why Skowhegan Falls was and continues to be an important historic district in this community.

  • 22 Jul 2023 10:51 AM | Anonymous member

    Portland--- Tate House Museum is offering a Folk-Pop concert in our beautiful backyard featuring the Wortzelini Brothers on Saturday August 5 from 5:00 -7:00 PM. Come hear classic tunes by CSNY, the Band, Eagles, and Grateful Dead, as well as some original songs by this talented family band that includes two generations of brothers. Their instruments are guitars,mandolin, ukulele, harmonica, and percussion. The concert will have two sets with a short break in between.

    The Wortzelini Brothers consist of brothers Rick and Rob Wortzel, and special guests Jeremy and Josh Wortzel from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Boston, and Providence. They have been playing, singing, and writing music together for decades and their wonderful music includes harmonies and instrumental jams.

    The 1755 Tate House will be open from 4:15-5:00 pm for a sneak peek inside and all attendees will receive a coupon for 50% off a Tate House guided tour that can be used during our regular open season. Come meet and hear these wonderful musicians and enjoy a relaxing evening of music and sing-alongs.

    Tickets are $5 in advance for Tate House Museum members, $8 for the general public, and can be purchased on our website or in the Gift Shop during open hours. At-the-Door tickets are $8 for members and $10 for the general public. Please bring your own chair or blanket to 1270 Westbrook Street in Portland. Refreshments will be available for sale.

    Please check our website and SM for updates if it rains.

    FMI: Holly Hurd

    Tate House Museum

    1267 Westbrook Street

    Portland ME 04102


  • 16 Jul 2023 2:55 PM | Anonymous member

    On Saturday, September 16, 2023 from 1-4:30 pm the Bucksport Historical Society will be hosting tours of six historical homes built in the 1800’s and 1900’s, including for the first time a house located in the “townsite” a housing development built by the owners of the paper mill for its workers in the 1930’s and 40’s. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Bucksport Historical Museum, 92 Main Street, which is open to the public from 1-4 pm Wednesdays through Saturdays in July and August.  Starting on September 1 tickets can be purchased from Bookstacks at 71 Main Street.

  • 15 Jul 2023 11:22 AM | Anonymous member

    Summer Margarita Party in Canton on August 5

    On Saturday, August 5, from 4:30-7:30 pm, the Canton Historical Society is presenting a Summer Margarita Party on the lawn of the Society’s building at 25 Turner Street, Canton, Maine.  

    The menu includes delicious BBQ Chicken or Pulled Pork, hosted by Alabama’s Barbeque. Cash bar hosted by Canton’s Boondocks Farm, featuring the signature drink:  The Canton Margarita.  Music, games, raffles. Maine gifts for sale.

    The event is open to the public – free admission. (Attendees must present ID at the gate to access the cash bar.)  Cash only for food; cash or CC for the bar. Park curbside or at Canton’s Public Boat Launch off Staples Hill Rd. Rain or shine!

    The Canton Historical Society presents a year-round calendar of events and activities. For more information, visit:, email:, or call:  207-500-9893.

  • 07 Jul 2023 1:30 PM | Anonymous member

    Former archaeologist Laurie LaBar, a curator at the Maine State Museum and author of Maine Quilts: 250 years of Comfort and Community, will be presenting about Quilting. Lunch will be provided. Registration required at the following link.

  • 07 Jul 2023 1:28 PM | Anonymous member

    Calling all 4th and 5th graders! This free program, hosted by our summer intern, will be programing for elementary students interested in Genealogy and history. 

    The Rufus Porter Museum of Art and Ingenuity is excited to invite 4th and 5th graders to come learn about Genealogy! Participants will be introduced to the subject of genealogy, and invited to explore familial and local history.

    Family members are asked to please send children with family photographs, names, and dates, or anything that might help the museum assist them in putting together a family tree, which they will take home with them at the end of the event.

    Admission is free, we just ask that you register online ahead of time so we have enough craft supplies for everyone.

    For questions, please call 207-647-2828 or email

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