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  • 07 Jul 2023 1:26 PM | Anonymous member

    This popular fundraiser for the Rufus Porter Museum will take place on Saturday July 22nd, 2022 from 10 AM to 3 PM. Each venue will host a special theme. Locations are kept a “mystery” until check in at the Museum on the day of the tour when maps are distributed to ticket holders.Registration required at the following link.

  • 06 Jul 2023 2:33 PM | Anonymous member

    Tate House Museum Presents “Poetry in the Garden” with Michael Bove and Suzanne Simmons

    Portland--- Tate House Museum is offering a Poetry Reading in our beautiful backyard and colonial garden with two published New England-based poets, Michael Bove and Suzanne Simmons. Join us on Thursday July 13 for a reception and reading from 6:15-8:00 pm. Cheese and refreshments will be served and guests offered a sneak peek at the 1755 Tate House from 6:15- 7:00 PM; poetry reading will commence 7:00- 8:00 pm. 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 fantastic poets and enjoy refreshments on the Tate House Museum.Entry is free and open to the public of all ages! Please bring your own chair or blanket to 1270 Westbrook Street in Portland on July 13.

    Mike Bove is the author of four books of poems: Soundtrack to Your Next Panic Attack (forthcoming 2024), EYE (forthcoming 2023), House Museum (2021) and Big Little City (2018). His work has appeared in journals in the US, UK, and Canada. He was winner of the 2021 Maine Postmark Poetry Contest and a 2023 finalist for a Maine Literary Award in poetry. He is Professor of English at Southern Maine Community College and lives with his family inPortland, Maine where he was born and raised. Many of his poems explore nature, memory, and New England life, particularly in Maine and the city of Portland.

    Suzanne Simmons’ poems, essays, and photographs have appeared in the New York Times, The Baltimore Review, Rattle, Miramar, Fifth Wednesday and numerous other journals. In 2020 her poetry chapbook In September They Draw Down the Lake, was published by Alexandra Quarterly Press. She holds an MFA in poetry and her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. In May of 2023 she appeared in an episode of the World Channel’s Stories From the Stage, and she is currently finishing a manuscript that she began in Grub Street’s Memoir Incubator in 2022.  She’s been a chef, a teacher, and a business owner, and raised two children on a family farm. Visit her at

    Please check our website and SM in the advent of rain.

    FMI: Holly Hurd

    Tate House Museum

    1267 Westbrook Street

    Portland ME 04102


  • 22 Jun 2023 9:11 PM | Anonymous member

    Visit With Some Useful Citizens at the North Cemetery in Skowhegan

    Take a guided walk with Historian Melvin Burnham

    Thursday, June 29, 2023: 10am - 11:30am

    New England’s graveyards have changed over time. Those most familiar to us today were based on styles carried to the continent by our early European ancestors. Skowhegan’s North Cemetery, like most burial grounds, serves as an outdoor museum full of history, art, religious representations all telling stories of lives well-lived, times of disease, war, and trying conditions within a community. The stones become permanent records of those interred and act as a form of textbook of community history.

    Louise Helen Coburn describes the cemetery in her two-volume history of Skowhegan, Skowhegan on the Kennebec, “The cemetery is retired from the street, and is half circled at the rear by woods and the gorge of a little stream. It has been the resting-place of Hills, Philbricks, Dyers, Neils, and other village families, and holds in its keeping Revolutionary and Civil War graves.”

    This history walk explores the lives of some of those “Useful Citizens” who are buried at the North Cemetery, lives that helped shape our community. As participants travel back in time, discussions will also focus on our veterans and their experiences in our history, gravestone and monument design, and the various symbols used on the stones, as well as the history of this 1820’s cemetery. Former generations have much to say to us, although with great economy of words because each letter and ornament had to be chiseled in stone with hand tools.

    This ninety-minute walk begins and ends at the North Cemetery gate located behind Walton Court Apartments on Walton Court just off Madison Avenue in Skowhegan, Maine.

    Participants should be prepared to walk on uneven ground and to stand during periods of discussion. Light folding chairs and cameras are welcome.

    This walk is not appropriate for young children. 

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  • 16 Jun 2023 1:45 PM | Anonymous member

    Tate House Museum Presents “Portland Women History Makers” by Dugan Murphy

    Portland---It’s time again for lectures in the backyard of the Tate House Museum! Join us on June 28th at 7:00 PM for “Portland Women History Makers” with Dugan Murphy. Locally-raised historian Dugan Murphy shares unforgettable stories about Portlanders of all backgrounds—told with heart, humor, and humanity---through his company Portland by the Foot, which offers walking tours of Portland’s downtown. He is a graduate of the Portland History Docent Program, former executive director of Maine Archives & Museums, and a curious and enthusiastic tour guide. After several years as the most requested tour guide at another local tour company, Dugan decided to create his own version of walking tours, with even more intimate, surprising, and delightful experiences.

    His lecture at Tate House, “Portland Women History Makers,” will focus on women who have contributed to the area’s history. Whether running the factories or running for office, Portland women boldly shaped our city’s culture while continually moving the country toward equal rights. Drawing from over 300 years of history, Dugan will share stories of women who achieved remarkable things, like the Indigenous Penobscot performer who re-framed immigration policy, the Chinese immigrant and laundress who won American Mother of the Year, the white tavern keeper who went up against the British Navy, and the enslaved Black maid who abolished slavery statewide. You'll leave with a greater appreciation for the charm and depth of a city that was almost lost were it not for the impact of women’s collective energy and passion. Wednesday, June 28, at 7:00 PM in Tate House Museum’s backyard, 1270 Westbrook Street Portland, ME. Join us for this exciting lecture, heard from the comfort of a lawn chair, while enjoying summer in Maine!

    Tickets purchased in advance are $12 General Admission and $10 for Tate House Museum members. At the door prices are $15 General Admission and $12 for THM members. Advance tickets can be found at Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs or blanket. If it rains, the lecture will be held at the Stroudwater Village Church, 1729 Congress Street, Portland.

    FMI: Holly Hurd

    Tate House Museum

    1267 Westbrook Street

    Portland ME 04102


  • 05 Jun 2023 7:36 AM | Anonymous member

    LCHA CHH 250 dpi.jpg Lincoln County Historical Association's annual day camp for kids, Summer with the Past, Discovering 18th and 19th Century Art, Crafts and History is again offered for children ages 7 through 11.  This year’s sessions will be held at the Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta, June 26 – June 30, and at the 1811 Old Jail and Museum in Wiscasset, August 7 - 11.  

    The children will be introduced to each site’s unique history and enjoy a variety of projects and games popular in the 18th and 19th Centuries.  These activities vary depending on the time frame of the historic site.  Included in the activities planned for both sites are art and textile projects, and unique craft work.  In support of summer reading, each child can choose an historical theme book to borrow for the week.  The books have been chosen based on their historical themes, and/or their relevance to Maine.

    Pre-registration is required, further details and registration information can be found on the LCHA website:  - click on Learn and scroll down to Youth Programs. To request information to be mailed to you, please contact LCHA by phone (207 882-6817), write LCHA at, Post Office Box 61, Wiscasset, ME  04578, or e-mail at  Space is limited, so please register early.

    Photo Caption:  A participant at the Summer with the Past program copies 18th century textile art. Photo by Louise T. MIller.

  • 05 Jun 2023 7:28 AM | Anonymous member

    Incredible gardens in Lincoln County villages will be open to visitors over two days this summer. “The Gardens of Lincoln County,” hosted by Lincoln County Historical Association (LCHA), includes self-guided tours of special gardens in Dresden, Wiscasset, Newcastle, Damariscotta, and Round Pond on Friday June 30 and Saturday July 1.

    “The Gardens of Lincoln County” will showcase a variety of garden styles including perennial gardens, cottage style gardens, working gardens, historically-inspired gardens, and gardens that express a particularly special personal design.

    Tickets to the garden tour will include free admission for a tour at any of LCHA's historic museums: The 1754 Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta, the 1761 Pownalborough Court House in Dresden, and the 1811 Old Jail and Museum in Wiscasset.

    Tickets may be purchased in advance for $30 for one day or $50 for both. Visit for more information and to order tickets.

    Proceeds from Gardens of Lincoln County will support the ongoing work of Lincoln County Historical Association to collect, preserve, and interpret the history of Lincoln County, Maine.

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    Pownalborough Court House in Dresden is one stop on Lincoln County Historical Association's summer garden tour. Photo by Bob Bond.

  • 05 Jun 2023 7:21 AM | Anonymous member

    The yard of the Old Jail will come alive with rock ’n roll music by Gary Lawless and his band, Leopard Girls. Bring a picnic and a blanket or lawn chairs. Cookout fare will also be offered, including hot dogs, veggie burgers, chips & water for a  nominal fee. Pre-registration is requested. Admission is $5 for adults; kids free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets may be purchased at

    Gary Lawless has dug deep into his repertoire for jailhouse tunes, including I Fought The Law, I Shot the Sheriff, Jailhouse Rock, Folsom Prison, Mama Tried, Whipping Post, Unchain My Heart and more!!. There will be lawn games for all ages, and a chance to meet new neighbors.

    The Lincoln County Historical Association is a non-profit organization that provides stewardship for the 1754 Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta, the 1761 Pownalborough Court House in Dresden, and the 1811 Old Jail and Museum in Wiscasset.  For more information, visit or Lincoln County Historical Association (Maine) on Facebook.

  • 30 May 2023 8:01 PM | Anonymous member

    Join Skowhegan History House Museum & Research Center for A Conversation with Penobscot Artist Barry Dana. 

    Thursday, June 8 at 7pm, in person at the Margaret Chase Smith Library, 56 Norridgewock Ave, Skowhegan.

    Barry will share his process in creating a beautiful new mural commissioned by the Skowhegan History House depicting life along the Kennebec prior to European contact. This will be an open ended conversation about history and culture along the Kennebec.  He will offer visual representations of his experience of his culture, his tradition and the natural world.

    Barry Dana was born and raised on Indian Island. He is a self taught painter, birch bark basket maker, educator and former chief of the Penobscot Nation. After graduating with a forestry degree from UMO, he got a degree in education and for 14 years taught a course to strengthen the connection with nature and culture for the elementary school children on Indian Island. This course evolved to his current school visit program that has taken him all over the state to share his culture and traditions with non-native children of all ages. He has dedicated his whole life to preserving Wabanaki culture and language through his school visits and through his basket making and painting.

    This talk is a part of Skowhegan History House's Wabanaki Voices Speaker Series. 

    FMI: visit or call (207) 474-6632.

  • 30 May 2023 7:55 PM | Anonymous member

    The Skowhegan History House Museum & Research Center is pleased to announce that Mali Obomsawin is the next speaker in its Wabanaki Voices Speaker Series.  On Thursday June 15 at 7pm, Mali Obomsawin presents the living Wabanaki history of the Kennebec River region and its people from before European arrival to the colonial era (up to present) and the LandBack movement in Maine and beyond.

    Obomsawin's tribal historic preservation research focuses on Abenaki community history and its intersections with other Wabanaki nations in the modern-day US. The Abenaki of today make up two federally recognized First Nations (Odanak and W8linak) in Canada, but originally come from homelands in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

    Mali Obomsawin is a musician, writer, and community organizer originally from Farmington, Maine and a citizen of Odanak First Nation (Abenaki). She currently serves as executive director of Bomazeen Land Trust, an inter-tribal Wabanaki initiative dedicated to land return, rematriation, and food sovereignty across Wabanaki homelands. Mali also works as a consultant and writer with Sunlight Media Collective and is committed to telling stories at the intersections of environmental justice, history, and tribal sovereignty through her work. Her writings have also been published in The Boston Globe and Smithsonian Folklife Magazine. Mali holds a dual degree in Government and Comparative Literature from Dartmouth College (2018).

    This event is free and takes place at Tewksbury Hall on Weston Avenue in Skowhegan and will also be broadcast via Zoom.

    Join by Zoom here: or visit

    FMI: (207) 474-6632

  • 24 May 2023 2:18 PM | Anonymous member

    Portland---Come celebrate the opening of the Tate House’s 2023 season on Saturday, June 3 rd from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (rain date Sunday June 4). We’ll be doing COLONIAL up big with lots of fun activities for the whole family. Our special guest is Colonial Reenactor Michael Dekker who will describe Native-Colonist trade in the 17 th and 18 th 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 18 th century clothing throughout the day.

    Special tours by our consulting curator, Laura Sprague, and executive director, Holly K Hurd,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. Docent Bill Gousse will offer an Architectural Tour at 2:30 PM whichprovides at look at the Tate House attic and cellar, not included on a regular tour.

    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.

    Come join in the fun and experience this unique museum with its colonial trappings LIVE!

    Tate House Museum will be open for regular house tours on Wednesday June 7. Please visit our website for advance tickets and information:

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