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  • 18 Mar 2021 5:41 PM | Anonymous member

    "You and I can never be satisfied with sitting down before a great human problem and saying nothing can be done. We must do something. That is the reason we are on Earth."

    - W. E. B. Du Bois, 1909

    Please join us via Zoom Webinar on Thursday, March 25th, from 6pm-7:30pm, as we welcome Dr. Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Professor of Anthropology, and Director of the W.E.B. DuBois Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In her talk, "W.E.B. DuBois in Our Time: From Reconstruction to Black Lives Matter," which will be followed by a Q and A, Dr. Battle-Baptiste will connect what we describe today as anti-racist scholarship with the incredible and radical legacy of W. E. B. Du Bois.

    The lecture is free and open to the public.  Pre-registration is required. Register here to receive the Zoom link

    This lecture is sponsored by the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, the Department of History, the Race and Ethnic Studies Program, and the Department of Geography and Anthropology at the University of Southern Maine.

    Please note: This event will include live ASL Interpretation. 

    Questions about the event can be directed to

  • 04 Mar 2021 5:20 PM | Anonymous member

    Please join USM's Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education on Wednesday, March 10th, from 6pm-7:30 EST for: "Iyoka Eli-Wihtamakʷ Kətahkinawal--This is How We Name Our Lands: Mapping Penobscot Place Names," a virtual Zoom webinar panel discussion on the making of the 2016 Penobscot Nation Cultural and Historic Preservation Department Map and Gazetteer, as we learn from Language Masters, Historians, Artists, and Cartographers, on the intersections of place, language, art, culture, and cartography.

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER (Free and open to all). 

    The panel features members of the mapmaking team, including:

    Carol Dana

    James E. Francis, Sr.

    Conor M. Quinn

    Gabe Paul

    Margaret Pearce

    According to the mapmakers, "This map is a Penobscot guide to the place names given by our ancestors. On one side are the English translations, and on the other side are the Penobscot names. A separate gazetteer is for your reference for a quick connection between Penobscot and English. The names offer a window into the past and allow us to view the landscape at the heart of our culture. The meanings of the names tell us how we interact with the shape and character of the land and how we interconnect with the rivers, lakes, wetlands, falls, eskers, meadows, and rocks across our traditional territory. They indicate where plants, animals and materials for tools are found. They inform us where and when to plant, tan hides and hold our seasonal gatherings and ceremonies. The canoe routes, gathering places, and stories show us how the place names connect and why they are located where they are. Together, place names, travel routes, and stories reveal a map given to us from the hearts of our ancestors. The last piece of the map, of course, is you."

    This event is held in conjunction with USM's 2020-2021 Gloria S. Duclos Convocation, Indigenous Peoples: Recognizing and Repairing Harms of Colonized Systems.

    We hope you can join us.

  • 11 Feb 2021 3:47 PM | Anonymous member
    USM African American Collection of the Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine celebrates Black History Month ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌
    University of Southern Maine
    Special Collections
    Eugene B. Jackson Collection, African American Collection , Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine, University of Southern Maine Libraries.
    Mapping African American History in Maine

    USM African American Collection of the Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine celebrates Black History Month


    Feb. 17, 2021, 5:30-6:30

    Please join us for a virtual panel discussion on mapping Maine’s African American History


    Mapping Maine; Digitizing and Charting Sites Connected to Maine’s Black History  Anastasia Azenaro-Moore 

    Anastasia Azenaro-Moore has worked in historic preservation since graduating with her Masters from Savannah College of Art in Design in 2017. She currently works as the Operations and Communications Administrator at Maine Preservation


    Making African American History in Maine Visible: African American Collection Project  Susie R. Bock and Ida Santos

    Susie R. Bock, Coordinator of USM’s Special Collections, holds Master's degrees in European History and Library Science from Columbia University, and has curated the African American Collection for over 20 years.

    Ida Santos, an undergraduate working on a degree, majoring in both Music and Physics, has been gathering the mapping data since September 2020.


    Won't You Be My Neighbor?: The Landscape of Anti-Blackness in American Schooling Larissa Malone, Ph.D


    Larissa Malone, Ph.D. holds a doctorate in Cultural Foundations of Education from the School of Foundations, Leadership, and Administration at Kent State University. Dr. Larissa Malone is an assistant professor in USM's Teacher Education Department. A critical race theorist, Dr. Malone’s research centers on the minority experience in American schooling, inclusive of students, parents, and teachers, and her aim is towards creating equitable educational spaces for all.

    You must register by clicking the button below in order to receive a Zoom link.

    Register Here

  • 05 Feb 2021 1:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wed, Mar 3, 5-6:15PM

    Free; donations welcome


    The Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia is the nation’s largest publicly accessible collection of racist objects that uses items of intolerance to teach tolerance through honest dialogues and examinations of the historical patterns of race relations. Join this virtual conversation with the museum’s founder, Dr. David Pilgrim, to examine its mission, vision, and work.

    For more information and to register, visit

  • 28 Jan 2021 12:23 PM | Anonymous member

    In this hybrid of lecture & performance, Regie Gibson explores the creative power of speech in the modern Black spoken-word tradition. 

    Literaryperformer, Regie Gibson, has lectured & performed widely in the U.S., Cuba & Europe. Representing the U.S. in Italy, Regie competed for & received both the Absolute Poetry Award in Monfalcone & The Europa in Versi Award in LaGuardia di Como. He’s a Brother Thomas Fellow & has received two Live Arts Boston Grants to develop his first play, The Juke: A Blues Bacchae in which he intersects the ancient Greek tragedy with African-American spiritual & musical culture.

    Regie has served as a consultant for the NEA’s “How Art Works” commission & the “Mere Distinction of Color”: a permanent exhibit at James Madison’s Montpelier home focusing on American slavery & the U.S. constitution. He has composed texts for The Boston City Singers, The Mystic Chorale, the Handel+Haydn Society, & has featured with the Lexington Symphony. He’s an actor & creator of The Shakespeare Time-Traveling Speakeasy— a theatrical, literary-concert focusing on the life & works of William Shakespeare. He serves on the boards of the New England Poetry Club & Grub Street Writers & teaches at Clark University.

    This event will be hosted both via Zoom and Facebook Live. Participants are encouraged to ask questions at the end of Regie’s presentation.

    Zoom Registration - Link here

    Facebook Event - Link here

    Learn more about the First Amendment Museum

  • 15 Jan 2021 3:58 PM | Anonymous member

    Join us online on Thursday, January 21st at 7:00 PM for a presentation on MLK.

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the most prolific and honorable leaders for all time. He is also one of the most complex.

    In August 1963, Dr. King was at the height of his popularity with his fight to end racial discrimination in the United States during the Civil Rights Movement. His “I Have a Dream” speech is one of the most celebrated orations in American history. However, Dr. King himself evolved as a leader. His relationships with J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI, the militant Black Power movement, his commitment to fighting the war on poverty and his stance on the Vietnam War all pose the question: did Dr. King’s dream result in a nightmare?

    Ryan M. Jones, historian and Museum Educator at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN – the site of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., will be presenting on the life of MLK and the civil rights movement.

    We will be hosting this free event on both Zoom and Facebook Live and encourage participants to take part in our Q&A at the end of Jones’ presentation.

    More information -


  • 12 Jan 2021 1:57 PM | Anonymous member

    Join the First Amendment Museum online on Thursday, January 14th, 2021 at 7 pm EST as we speak to Micheal Meyerson for his presentation “From the Constitution to COVID: Religious Freedom in America.”

    Meyerson is a Professor of Law and the Piper & Marbury Faculty Fellow at the University of Baltimore, specializing in constitutional law and American legal history. As the author of Endowed by Our Creator: The Birth of Religious Freedom in America (Yale University Press, 2012), Meyerson has also written three other books and published numerous articles on constitutional law, contracts law, and the First Amendment, some of which have appeared in the Stanford Journal of International Law, Indiana Law Review, Nebraska Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Miami Law Review, and Harvard Journal of Law & Technology. He is a member of the New York Bar.

    Be sure to tune into this presentation with Meyerson, a gifted storyteller and animated speaker, who will explore the themes and history of religious freedom in the United States, from the founding fathers to present-day issues surrounding COVID.

    Our lecture will be hosted both via Facebook Live and Zoom. Participants are encouraged to take part in a Q&A session with Meyerson at the conclusion of his presentation.

    The First Amendment Museum's mission is to inspire Americans to live and love their five freedoms - freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom to assemble, and freedom to petition. Learn more about us on our website!

    For more information including the Zoom link for this free, online event, check out our event listing here or visit our Facebook at

    Please call the Museum with any questions about the presentation at 207-557-2290

  • 07 Jan 2021 9:30 AM | Anonymous member

    For over a decade, staff members at Bowdoin College’s Peary MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center have studied original journals, artifacts, and photographs related to Robert Peary’s efforts to be the first person to reach the North Pole. They have visited museums and archives, traveled to sites in Maine and the Canadian Maritimes with connections to the expeditions, and contacted descendants of expedition members. In addition, Arctic archaeologists Genevieve LeMoine and Susan A. Kaplan traveled to the edge of the Polar Sea to investigate one of Peary’s camps. In this illustrated lecture, Kaplan will discuss new insights they have reached about how Peary worked and the interpersonal dynamics on his last two expeditions. Also, she will explain ways in which the Arctic of today differs from the Arctic of Peary’s time.

    KHS speaker Kaplan, an Arctic anthropologist and archaeologist, is a professor of anthropology and director of the museum at Bowdoin. She has studied some of the ways Inuit have responded to environmental change and contact with the West, as well as the history of Arctic exploration.

    To view this presentation, head to the KHS Facebook page at 6:30 p.m. January 20, and the video will air live. Due to copyright concerns, the January presentation will not be available for future viewing. If you have a question, please submit it in the comments during the live video presentation. Here is the link to the KHS Facebook page:

    If you have any questions about the program, please call Scott Wood, executive director, at 622-7718

  • 23 Nov 2020 2:18 PM | Anonymous member

    The Tate House Museum and the National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of Maine invite you to celebrate the 400 th anniversary of the Mayflower's arrival at Plymouth on December 18, 1620 with speaker Captain Whit Perry, Director of Maritime Preservation and Operations at Plimoth Patuxet (PP), formerly Plimoth Plantation. Captain Perry recently oversaw a three-year restoration project of MAYFLOWER II, the Mayflower replica that received over 25 million visitors from the time of its docking at PP in 1957 and 2016. Perry also commanded the restored vessel from Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut (site of the restoration work) on her voyage home to Plymouth last year. He will show brand new video and documentary photographs taken by the restoration crew while describing the challenges of historic restoration, sharing the exhilaration of sailing MayflowerII, and highlighting the role of the Mayflower in America’s colonial history.

    Speaker: Captain Whit Perry, Director of Maritime Preservation and Operations, Plimoth Patuxet

    Format: Zoom

    Date: Wed December 9, 2020 at 6:00 PM (program will last ~75 minutes with Q &A)Admission: $10.00 members of Tate House Museum, $15.00 general public If you are interested in becoming a member please check our website, email, or call 774-6177.

    Register: To register, please email and leave your phone number. A Tate House Museum representative will call to take your credit card information for payment.

    Registrants will receive a Zoom link by email the day before the event, Dec 8th

  • 14 Oct 2020 1:01 PM | Anonymous member

    Come hear voices buried for centuries, forgotten by history, stories of ordinary people coming to light for one historic night in October

    Come to the Stroudwater Burial Ground

    (1300 Westbrook Street) on Saturday October 24 at dusk 5:00 PM (rain date Oct 25)  Bring your own chairs and/or blanket for seating

    Groups will be socially-distanced and program limited to 50 people/pods     Masks Required

    $10 /person

    $5 /children under 12

      $20 family

    Prepayment ONLY and registration required. NO WALK-ONS

    Email with reservation request and leave phone number.

    Please park on the street near the Tate House (1270 Westbrook St or on Waldo St) and cross Congress St to cemetery. No parking at cemetery, but chairs can be dropped off there if necessary

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