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  • 16 Sep 2018 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    On September 16 from 11 am to 3 pm, the Westport Island History Committee in collaboration with homeowners, the Community Association, the Town Hall Committee and other island partners will be sponsoring an historic homes tour:  "An Island Home: Six Historic Houses of Westport Island Maine." 

    The houses are all associated with families of the first Westport Island settlers.  Homesteads include characteristic features such as stone-walled pastures, barns and other outbuildings, mills, wharves and related waterfront structures. The homes are representative of 18th  to 19th century Georgian, Federal and Greek Revival styles.

    Tickets will be $20/person -- cash or check only -- and will be available on the day of the tour at the Old Town Hall, 1217 Main Road.  A light lunch will be Included in the admission fee; lunch will be available at the Town Hall for the duration of the event -- 11 am to 3 pm.  The historic Westport Community Church next door will also be open for viewing.  For questions: call the Town Office, 882-8477 ext. 3

  • 08 Sep 2018 2:00 PM | Anonymous member

    Contact: Executive Director Shenna Bellows, 776-5404

    Augusta—On Saturday, September 8 from 2 to 5, the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine opens a new exhibit, Everyday Maine, featuring over 190 photographs from 74 Maine photographers. Curated by Bruce Brown, the exhibit features a joyous collection of Maine’s diversity across ability, economics, gender, geography, national origin, race, sexual orientation and work.

    “Our goal is to show in these times in our state, there is no ‘us’ and ‘them,’ there’s ‘we,’ said Associate Director David Greenham who has work featured in the show. “We can come together in celebrating and respecting our differences.”

    Curator Bruce Brown and Associate Director David Greenham recruited a very strong group of Maine  photographers to share photos for the exhibit, including Melonie Bennett, Jeffrey Becton, Tonee Harbert, Sean Alonzo Harris, Tanja Hollander, Michael Cullivan, Jocelyn Lee, Peter Ralston, Jack Montgomery, Cig Harvey and many others. The exhibit also features photographs by the late, renowned national photographers Berenice Abbot and Olive Pierce. Nearly half of the photographers in the exhibit are women.

    “Part of the inspiration for this show was to have an opportunity to sense the kinds of diversity that many of us take for granted,” said Associate Director David Greenham.  “Our work at the HHRC takes us to every area of the state, and we see how our diversity plays out in so many interesting ways in our large, mostly rural state. This exhibit reveals that diversity, but also celebrates all the qualities that make Maine so great. In the end it’s a very uplifting and inspirational look at Maine.”

    Everyday Maine will be on display through the end of December at the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine’s Michael Klahr Center, which is located at 46 University Drive on the campus of the University of Maine at Augusta. The Michael Klahr Center is free and open to the public Monday through Friday 8 to 4. 

    Michael Klahr was a hidden child who survived the Holocaust. The Michael Klahr Center is dedicated to permanent exhibits commemorating Michael and other Holocaust survivors as well as rotating arts and culture exhibits highlighting contemporary and historical human rights issues. 

    In addition to exhibit space, the Michael Klahr Center features a large classroom and a small auditorium appropriate for hosting school and community groups.  The Holocaust and Human Rights Center also provides free educational workshops to schools throughout Maine.

    For more information, visit

  • 28 Aug 2018 12:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Tonya Shevenell is looking for stories from all 16 Maine counties as she explores how love has been expressed from Maine’s Statehood in 1820 through its 200th in 2020. The funnel is wide and can include love between people; love of land, water, place, nature, horse, pets; love of a hobby; love of what you do. It can be modern day or from love letters, lockets, cemetery stones, etc. from generations ago. Tonya will be attending the Annual Conference October 12th but in the meantime, if you have ideas from your collections/communities, she’d be very pleased to hear from you at or through the film website, 


    Her first film, The Home Road, aired on Maine Public earlier this year and has been screened in over 20 locations in Maine and New Hampshire. 

  • 25 Aug 2018 10:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Caring for your Family Treasures

    Do you have any heirlooms that have been passed down in your family from generation to generation? Perhaps you have your grandmother’s wedding dress, or your great-uncle’s scrapbooks, or your mother’s baby pictures. Items like these can be decades old and hold a precious place in your heart and in your home. After they have been passed to you, it is your responsibility to protect them so they can be enjoyed by further generations. Do you know how to care for them?

    Museum L-A is hosting the “Family Heirloom Preservation Workshop” to teach the general public about the ways that they can care for their precious documents, photos, or objects and stop the damage caused by common environmental threats. Emma Sieh, Collections and Exhibits Coordinator for Museum L-A, will be joined by conservation experts from the Northeast Document Conservation Center and the Maine State Museum to provide information and tips on how to maintain and store your own collections.

    “We want people to walk away with a deeper understanding about the precious objects they have,” Emma comments. “Caring for heirlooms does not have to break the bank but you can still find ways to prolong their lifetime so that your children’s children can enjoy them just as much as you do.”

    This event will be held in the Museum L-A gallery on Saturday, August 25th from 10:00 – 3:00. Tickets are $50 per person and include access to the full day of activities, free catalogs and informational booklets, as well as a lunch catered by Fishbones American Grill. When you purchase your tickets, your name will also be entered into a raffle to win a door prize of preservation supplies donated by Gaylord Archival and University Products valued at $100! There are only 40 spots available for this workshop, so please visit Museum L-A’s website at to register!

    “Over the years, many people have asked us if we could help teach them on how to preserve their family heirlooms”, says Rachel Desgrosseilliers, Executive Director.  “With the caliber of experts our Collection Department has been able to bring together, we feel the workshop will be a great learning experience for all who attend and we know they will leave with lots of guidelines for their own treasures.”

    Museum L-A is located in the Bates Mill Complex at 35 Canal Street in Lewiston, Maine. Its hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm. Special tour requests and large group tours outside of these hours are available by appointment.  For more information, please contact or call 207-333-3881. 

  • 22 Aug 2018 1:11 PM | Anonymous member

    The Brick Store Museum announces its new exhibition, 1968. The exhibit focuses on the year’s events, many of which contributed to 1968 being called “the year that changed the world.” The exhibition will run through November 11, 2018.

    Visitors to the exhibition are invited to share their own experiences from the 1960s, to contribute to the knowledge of the mid-20th Century collected at the Museum. Music of the period fills the exhibition with familiar sounds as photos of local and national events help to inspire memory.

    The purpose of the Museum’s 1968 exhibition is not solely to be a history display, but an active collection point for recent history. Sharing our history at the Museum will help future generations learn how people in the 1960s lived their lives. Topics covered in the exhibition include family life, Vietnam, protests and riots, civil rights, and the women’s movement. If you have stories to share, or wish to see what others have shared, visit the exhibition before it closes in November!

  • 14 Aug 2018 6:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Maine Humanities Council thinks there is wisdom to be gained when 

    Mainers across the state get together to discuss important issues. 

    Throughout 2018 and 2019, we are offering programs and grants to help 

    spark public discussion on journalism’s role in creating an informed 

    citizenry and a vibrant democracy.

    Here are two ways to join the discussion this fall:

    1. GRANTS– 

    We are offering special grants for Maine non-profits wanting to explore 

    how we can stay well informed and the role being informed has in creating 

    a strong democracy. Projects might consider these or other related 

    questions: What do we need to know for a democracy to thrive? How do we 

    determine what to pay attention to when we are exposed to so much media 

    content? How can we identify hidden biases in information we consume? 

    What are some challenges social media platforms bring to traditional news 


    Applications are due October 15, 2018. See our website for an application 

    form and more information. WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO APPLY. All Maine non-profit 

    organizations are invited to apply, INCLUDING those that have already 

    received an MHC grant this year, or intend to apply for a grant in a 

    different category. Please see our website for more information, or speak with Jerome Bennett 

    or Lizz Sinclair 

    2. PUBLIC PROGRAM- “What’s Going On with the News?"

    This is a panel discussion with journalists from the Bangor Daily News and 

    The Portland Press Herald accompanied a historian of journalism. Together 

    they will reflect on the contemporary challenges of reading and writing 

    about what’s really going on.

    These events are free and open to the public:

    September 19th, 7pm at the South Portland Auditorium 

    September 25th, 7pm at the Bangor Arts Exchange. 

    More information is on our website:

  • 06 Aug 2018 9:32 AM | Anonymous member

    The Maine State Museum in Augusta, Maine is advertising to fill a full-time Museum Education Specialist II position in the museum’s education division.  The Maine State Museum is currently open five days a week (Tue-Sat); the position would be required to work some weekend and evening hours. The position is responsible for developing and implementing innovative, engaging, and relevant gallery experiences for a wide range of visitors.  This position assists in training staff and volunteers; assists with the day-to-day operations of the museum public spaces and admission desk; and the development of special events.

     A well-qualified candidate is proficient in interdisciplinary, object-based teaching as well as interpretive writing, curriculum development, and the design of hands-on activities; knowledgeable of current inquiry-based pedagogy and teaching strategies; and has an interest in digital technologies and media for use in online and in-house interpretative projects.  Individuals with a natural science and/or STEM backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

    Salary Range: $36,545.60 - $49,524.80. For additional information about the position, as well as additional representative tasks, knowledge, and skills required, and online application visit the Maine Bureau of Human Resources Career Page at a or Melinda Hansen, HR Generalist, General Gov. Service Center, 74 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0074, (207) 624-7430.  Applications are due by the end of the day on August 24, 2018. 

  • 08 Jun 2018 3:00 PM | Anonymous member

    Walter Iooss, whose work is on view in the exhibition Game Time: The Sports Photography of Walter Iooss, is an award-winning photographer focusing on sports and beauty. Iooss has worked for Sports Illustrated for more than 50 years, and his work has graced the cover of the magazine more than 300 times in his career.

    Event will take place Friday, June 8 in Given Auditorium, Bixler Art Building (next to Museum), and begin at 3:00pm. Parking is available in the Roberts Parking lot on Colby's Campus.

    FMI: Please visit or contact Jordia Benjamin at or 207.859.5613.

  • 31 May 2018 8:56 AM | Anonymous member

    Yarmouth Historical Society is seeking an energetic Museum Assistant for a 22 hour-a-week entry level position based in Yarmouth, Maine. The Museum Assistant will support all aspects of museum operation at the Yarmouth History Center, including public and school programs, collections and exhibitions, social media marketing, and customer service. The schedule is generally flexible, but Saturdays and occasional evenings are required

    Preferred qualifications: a bachelor’s degree in a related field, experience in customer service, enthusiasm for local history, and a strong willingness to support many facets of small nonprofit and museum operations. Excellent communication and organizational skills are required.

    To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to Katherine Worthing, Executive Director, Yarmouth Historical Society, We will begin to review applications on Friday, 15 June 2018 and continue to consider candidates until the position is filled. For additional information, please visit

  • 14 May 2018 3:53 PM | Anonymous member

    The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center in Livermore, Maine, seeks a Live-In Caretaker for historic 19th century museum and farm. This is a year-round part-time position in exchange for rent-free housing in a 1-bedroom apartment, utilities included. The Caretaker is responsible for daily animal care, weekly cleaning of all buildings, general maintenance, program and event preparations and clean up, and overall site cleanliness and safety. Some restrictions on the use of the buildings/grounds apply. No pets or smoking allowed.

    The ideal candidate has experience working with large farm animals and maintaining or restoring old homes, loves animals, has a strong work ethic, is a self-starter, has a positive attitude, is flexible, and pays attention to detail.  He/She must have the ability to meet the physical demands of the position and perform farm work both indoors and out. This includes lifting a minimum of 50 pounds; standing for long periods of time; walking over uneven ground; and working outdoors in all types of weather. 

    For a detailed job description, visit  

    To apply, email a cover letter with resume and contact information for three references to  

    Questions? Email No phone calls, please.

    Review of applications will begin May 25 and continue until position is filled.

    The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center is a living museum and working farmstead operating under methods of the 1800s. Our mission is to preserve the heritage and traditions of rural life in Maine's past, to celebrate the achievements of Livermore's Washburn family, and to use living history methods to make values, activities, and issues of the past relevant to present and future generations.

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