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  • 06 Oct 2019 11:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SAVE THE DATE - November 13, 2019

    Gold Salon at Marble House.jpg

    Please join Colby College in welcoming Patricia Miller, Chief Conservator at the Preservation Society of Newport County, Newport, RI for the annual Clara M. Southworth Lecture, "Preserving the Guilded Age: The Care and Conservation of Newport's Architectural Heritage"  

    Patricia Miller will present a behind-the-scenes look at ongoing efforts to preserve the Society's 11 historic properties and landscapes – including Hunter House and The Breakers - as well as care for the vast decorative arts collection inside and out.  

    Lecture: Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 6:00 p.m. in Given Auditorium (Bixler Arts Building, Colby College).

    The Clara M. Southworth Lecture is cosponsored by The Clara M. Southworth Lecture Fund and the Colby College Department of Art

    The lecture is free and open to the public.

  • 02 Oct 2019 3:32 PM | Anonymous member

    History Convergence: Preparing for Maine's Bicentennial

    Wednesday, October 30, 9 am - 2:30 pm

    Wilson Museum, Hutchins Education Center, 112 Perkins St., Castine

    Let’s celebrate 200 years of Maine statehood! Downeast Acadia Regional Tourism, Abbe Museum, and Castine History Partners will host a planning workshop at the Wilson Museum in Castine geared to nonprofits in Hancock and Washington counties.

    Learn more about Maine's official entry into the United States, how to better interpret Native history, share what you may already be planning for the Bicentennial, brainstorm new possibilities for the occasion, and discover how we can collaborate.

    Registration required by October 24

    Cost is $10 per person to help defray lunch expenses

    To register or for more information: (207) 326-9247 or, or register and pay online here.

    You may also send a check payable to the Wilson Museum, P.O. Box 196, Castine, ME 04421. Be sure to include name(s) of attendees and the organization you represent. 

  • 30 Sep 2019 12:16 PM | Anonymous member

    The Canton Historical Society is hosting a talk on “Maine in World War I” on Wednesday, October 16, at 6:30 p.m., in its building at 25 Turner Street.  The speaker will be Capt. Jonathan D. Bratten of the Maine Army National Guard.

    In 1917, 2,000 Mainers left their homes and families to “make the world safe for democracy.”  Their travels took them directly into the heart of the Great War, where they proved that the best of the German Army was no match for the boys from Maine.  Capt. Bratten will be discussing how the actions of Maine’s soldiers changed the course of World War I.

    Capt. Bratten is an engineer officer in the Maine Army National Guard where he commands the 251st Engineer Company and serves as command historian.  He holds a B.A. in history from Franciscan University of Steubenville (Ohio) and an M.A. in history from the University of New Hampshire.  Capt. Bratten is a veteran of Afghanistan. 

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

    The Canton Historical Society is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization devoted to the preservation and celebration of Canton’s heritage and history.

    If you would like more information about this event, please email

    Canton Historical Society
    25 Turner Street
    Canton, Maine

  • 25 Sep 2019 9:24 AM | Anonymous member

    9:00 - 11:00 AM
    Osher Map Library, Portland

    Are you a Maine cultural organization looking to learn more about funding opportunities?

    This free workshop will provide guidance and feedback for organizations who are interested in applying for grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Maine Community Foundation, and the Maine Humanities Council. Discussion will include an overview of programs and the steps involved in the submission and review of applications. Space is limited; register now.


    Jeff Hardwick
    Deputy Director of Public Programs, National Endowment for the Humanities

    Stephanie Eglinton
    Senior Program Officer, Maine Community Foundation

    Jerome Bennett
    Program Officer, Maine Humanities Council

    Offered in partnership with the Maine Community Foundation and Maine Humanities Council.

  • 20 Sep 2019 4:50 PM | Anonymous member

    CANTON—The Canton Historical Society is hosting a talk on “Preserving Our History: Caring for Our Cemeteries” on Wednesday, September 25, at 6:30 p.m., in its building at 25 Turner Street.  The speaker will be Cheryl Willis Patten of the Association for Gravestone Studies (AGS) and the Maine Old Cemetery Association (MOGA).

    Cemeteries are delicate outdoor museums that contain history on individuals and towns.  They provide a wealth of information that may not be available elsewhere.  In her talk on “Preserving Our History: Caring for Our Cemeteries,” Ms. Patten will explain how to decipher information found on gravestones and discuss the steps one can take to conserve this valuable historical record.  She will also address some basic information used to evaluate and conserve cemeteries and describe best practices for caring for gravestones.

    Cheryl Willis Patten has been an advocate for cemeteries for many years.  She chaired the 2011 AGS Annual National Conference and has held various offices with MOCA—including serving as chair of the MOCA Workshop Committee for eight years.  Retired from teaching and state employment, Ms. Patten now has more time for exploring cemeteries in Maine and various other states and countries.

    Information on AGS can be found at and information on MOCA can be found at

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

    The Canton Historical Society is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization devoted to the preservation and celebration of Canton’s heritage and history.

    If you would like more information about this event, please email

  • 11 Sep 2019 9:47 AM | Anonymous member


    7:00 PM — 9:00 PM


    Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium, Bowdoin College

    The Grizzlies is a 2018 Canadian sports drama film, directed by Miranda de Pencier. Based on a true story, the film depicts a youth lacrosse team that was set up to help combat an epidemic of youth suicide in the community of Kugluktuk, Nunavut.

    The film premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. In October 2018, de Pencier won the Directors Guild of Canada award for Best Direction in a Feature Film. The film was theatrically released in Canada on April 19, 2019 by Mongrel Media.

    This performance is free and open to the public.

    Sponsored by: The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum & Arctic Studies Center. Made possible by a gift from Rebecca J. Rowe ’97, and is part the Arctic Museum's Environmental and Social Justice Lecture Series.

  • 04 Sep 2019 11:48 AM | Anonymous member

    Born in Bethel in 1835, Thomas Holt was active as an architect in Central and Western Maine from 1859 to 1870. In 1865 he designed the Portland and Kennebec Railroad Station in Augusta, which burned while under construction in the city's Great Fire that year. Between 1871 and 1876, Holt served as Chief Engineer of the Maine Central Railroad, designing railroad buildings and bridges as well as conducting surveys for new rail lines. In 1876, he moved to California, where he pursued careers in architecture, railroading, mining, and lumbering. He died in 1889 from pneumonia contracted in a blizzard in Nevada. 

    Our KHS September speaker, a native of Portland, Maine, Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., attended Deering High School, Colby College, and Boston University and was the recipient of honorary doctorates from Bowdoin College and the Maine College of Art.  At the age of thirteen, Shettleworth became interested in historic preservation through the destruction of Portland’s Union Station in 1961.  In 1971 he was appointed by Governor Curtis to serve on the first board of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, for which he became architectural historian in 1973 and director in 1976.  He retired from that position in 2015.  Mr. Shettleworth has lectured and written extensively on Maine history and architecture and served as State Historian since 2004.

    The Kennebec Historical Society September Presentation is free to the public (donations gladly accepted).  The presentation will take place on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hope Baptist Church located at 726 Western Avenue in Manchester.  The program will be preceded at 4:30pm by a potluck supper and at 6pm by the society’s annual meeting and election of officers and directors. For details about the potluck supper, please contact Anne Cough, either by email at or by phone at 582-2823.

  • 02 Sep 2019 8:03 PM | Anonymous member

    On Thursday, September 19th the Tate House Museum welcomes Dr Richard Kahn as he presents “Stroudwater’s own Dr. Jeremiah Barker (1752-1835)”, the last of the Tate House Summer Lecture Series. Dr Barker was a Revolutionary War veteran and lived at 1168 Westbrook Street just down the road from the Tate House where he practiced medicine.

    Dr. Kahn’s book is titled History of Diseases in the District of Maine 1772-1820: The Unpublished work of a Rural Physician in New England and is due to be published later this year. The lecture will be an overview and will focus on the contents of his book.

    The lecture takes place in the Means House parlor, across the street from the Tate House Museum 1267 Westbrook St. Portland, ME. Admission is $15 and $12 for members and volunteers. Seating for the lecture is limited, so please call the museum at 207-774-6177 for reservations.

  • 28 Aug 2019 1:58 PM | Anonymous member


    November 13, 2019


    7:00 PM — 9:00 PM


    Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium, Bowdoin College


    The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum & Studies Center

    Joel Clement is an Arctic Initiative Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs with a background in climate and energy issues, resilience and climate change adaptation, landscape-scale conservation and management, and Arctic social-ecological systems. Prior to joining the Kennedy School, Mr. Clement served as an executive for seven years at the U.S. Department of the Interior. In September 2017, he was awarded The Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage and resigned from public service in October of that year. Since then he has been on a national speaking tour and has received multiple awards for ethics, courage, and his dedication to the role of science in public policy. Before serving in the federal Government, Mr. Clement was the Conservation Science Program Officer for a private foundation in Seattle where he focused on climate change adaptation strategies, landscape-scale conservation, and improving geospatial data-sharing capacity. In addition to his role at the Harvard Kennedy School, he is an Associate with the Stockholm Environmental Institute and a Senior Fellow with the Union of Concerned Scientists.

    Free and open to the public

    Sponsored by: The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum & Arctic Studies Center. Made possible by a gift from Rebecca J. Rowe ’97, and is part the Arctic Museum's Environmental and Social Justice Lecture Series.

  • 28 Aug 2019 10:47 AM | Anonymous member

    Matthew Alexander Henson: First African-American at the North Pole

    Matthew Henson Photo Exhibit – August 27, 2019-December 31, 2019

    Matthew Henson spent years exploring the Arctic with Robert E. Peary and in 1909 he was the only other American to stand with Peary at the North Pole. Henson was excluded from receiving the many honors showered on Peary and the other white members of the expedition. Only near the end of his life did Henson received recognition for his remarkable career as an Arctic explorer. This exhibit is in conjunction with the AF/AM/50 celebrations.

    Matthew Henson, Matt to his friends, was born in Maryland in 1866, the son of free-born sharecroppers. Orphaned at age seven or eight he lived briefly with his uncle in Washington, D.C. before running away to sea when he was eleven.  He traveled the world as a cabin boy and seaman for eight years before returning to Washington. There, in 1887, while working at a haberdashery, he met Robert E. Peary, who was preparing for a survey expedition to Nicaragua. Peary hired Henson as a valet for that trip, the beginning of a long working relationship between the two men.

    Museum Hours:

    Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00a–5:00p

    Sunday: 2:00p–5:00p

    Closed: Mondays and national holidays

    The museum is located in Hubbard Hall at Bowdoin College and admission is FREE.

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