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  • 17 May 2021 2:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Friday Oct 1, 2021 the Center for Painted Wall Preservation is hosting a Connecticut River Valley Talk and Tour of homes with painted murals and overmantels! These residences are not normally open to the public. The Talk will begin at 9:30 AM at the Lyme Center Academy Building and box lunches and maps will be distributed after the talk for those registered for the event. Pre-registration $50/person including box lunch is necessary at and will open Aug. 1. We look forward to meeting you and sharing this rare opportunity to view these marvelous painted folk art murals and their history.  Masks and proof of Covid vaccination will be required.   

  • 04 May 2021 1:59 PM | Anonymous member

    Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    Via Zoom.  Register here:

    While approximately 95,000 Mainers served in World War II, many do not know that entire units of Mainers were activated even before the nation was at war. Soldiers in Maine’s National Guard saw service all across the globe, from the Pacific to Europe – and even at home. This presentation will highlight the role of Maine’s citizen-soldiers during World War II.

    Captain Jonathan Bratten, presenting. Captain Jonathan Bratten is the Command Historian for the Maine National Guard. In this capacity, he has produced multiple articles on the history of Maine's soldiers, appearing in such publications as “The New York Times,” “The Washington Post,” and “Army History.” He has also appeared in the Smithsonian Channel documentary, “Americans Underground: Secret Cities of World War I” and served as a historian in France for the Army’s World War I Centennial commemorations. His book To the Last Man: A National Guard Regiment in the Great War, 1917-1919 was published in the summer of 2020 from Army University Press. Captain Bratten has been selected as the Army Center of Military History’s Scholar in Residence at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and will report there in June of 2021.

  • 29 Apr 2021 4:03 PM | Anonymous member

    Join the Tate House Museum for a Zoom lecture on Thursday, May 13 at 6:00 p.m. with noted architectural historian Scott T. Hanson as he presents an illustrated talk about how to restore your historic house in a way that preserves its most important features and makes it livable for the 21st century. Scott will take us through several case studies of sensitive renovations as well as practical information about planning your project and the ups and downs you might encounter along the way.

    Scott T. Hanson is an author, architectural historian and preservation consultant. His most recent book, Restoring Your Historic House, was released in December 2019 and won the 2020 Excellence in Publishing award from Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance.

    This online lecture, presented by the Tate House Museum in partnership with the Stroudwater Neighborhood Association, is $5 for THM and SNA members and $10 for the general public. Visit our website to purchase tickets.

  • 27 Apr 2021 2:06 PM | Anonymous member

    Annual Herb and Plant Sale at the Tate House Museum on Saturday, May 22, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. featuring perennials divided from the Tate House Museum garden and members’ gardens. And if you have no room for perennials in your garden, there will also be a variety of annual flowers, vegetable seedlings and hanging baskets to choose from.

    Tate House Museum is located at 1267 Westbrook Street in the Stroudwater Historic District of Portland.

    For more information, please call 207-774-6177 or email

  • 21 Apr 2021 10:08 AM | Anonymous member

    April 29, 5:30 - 6:30


    Join speakers Holly Valero, author of Tales of an American Lesbian, and Clare Forstie, whose research has examined lesbian invisibility in Maine and beyond, to discuss how and why lesbians have not shared the spotlight in recent events.

    Click the "Register Now" button in order to receive a Zoom link and password.

    This virtual event will be recorded and made available on our Digital Commons at a later date. 

    This virtual event will be closed captioned. There will be space in the registration form for you to let us know if you have any accessibility requests. We will accommodate your request to the best of our abilities within the format of this presentation. 


    Holly Valero

    Holly Valero

    Born in Miami, Florida in the early 1960s, Holly Valero grew up on a 100-acre, Pennsylvania sheep farm and halfway house for psychiatrically labeled chickens. The only lesbian in a one-lesbian town she spent several years as the night shift DJ at WTTC Radio, a 500-watt AM/FM station with an audience largely comprised of dairy cattle.

    Radio took her to Concord, New Hampshire, where she became involved in early efforts to change the laws regarding gay and lesbian rights. It was there she began writing a regular series for the local gay and lesbian community newspapers.

    A move to Portland, Maine and a change in careers (newspaper, then publishing) led her eventually to the World Wide Web where she established her own web and graphic design business in 2000, called  HollyWorks, and more recently, a digital publishing company.

    Holly Valero is a writer, artist, programmer and publisher living in Southern Maine with her partner, Janet McKenney.


    Clare Forstie

    Clare Forstie

    Clare is a teaching consultant at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Educational Innovation. In addition to her programming and consulting work, she has published widely on sexuality, gender, and pedagogy topics with a focus on LGBTQ communities in small cities. Her forthcoming book, Same Rainbow, Different Raindrops: Ambivalent LGBTQ Community in a Small, Midwestern City, is under contract with NYU Press. Clare earned her PhD in sociology from Northwestern University in 2017 and her MA in American and New England Studies from USM in 2010. She lives in Minneapolis but very much misses her Portland, Lewiston, and Brunswick Maine communities!

    Register here:

    Contact Information

    Susie R. Bock

  • 31 Mar 2021 2:15 PM | Anonymous member

    Join the LGBTQ+ Collection for a Discussion on AIDS and COVID

    USM’s LGBTQ+ Collection, of the Jean Byers Sampson Center for diversity in Maine



    A Virtual Panel Featuring:

    Crystal Fawn Gamet, an orphan from the AIDS epidemic, and Katie Rutherford, Executive Director of the Frannie Peabody Center will discuss these two pandemics and what we learned from AIDS as we face COVID.

    Facilitated by Brody Wood, LGBTQ+ Collection Advisory Committee


    This is the first in a series of programs on AIDS & COVID.


    Please contact us at if you have accessibility needs.



    Click For More Information

  • 29 Mar 2021 1:19 PM | Anonymous member

    Join us for a free, virtual presentation on Thursday, April 1st at 7 pm.

    Former Maine newspaper editor Chet Lunner brings a unique, 360-degree perspective of current affairs and “fake news” as a veteran journalist, 9/11 government spokesman, and crisis communications expert.

    We’ll look at the history and impact of misinformation, how Maine’s founders predicted the dangers of “alternative facts,” and some solutions that anyone can employ.

    This event is hosted on Zoom, and participants are encouraged to ask questions at the end of Lunner's presentation. Pre-registration is required - register today for free at

  • 22 Mar 2021 6:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Planning to enjoy Maine Maple Sunday? How about a little history to boot! In 2021 March 28 is Maine Maple Sugar Sunday and after a year off, the Camden Rockport Historical Society's historic homestead and campus is eager to welcome the public for maple-related festivities. 

    From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wendy Pendleton Harvey will be offering maple sugaring demonstrations in the society’s historic 1820 sugar house. Families are invited to participate in this fun, traditional all-ages celebration of spring. Admission is free and a designated board member will be safely serving maple syrup topped ice cream outdoors if the weather allows!

    Masking and distancing requirements will be enforced and CHRHS hopes to open some of its buildings to the public with Covid safety in mind. Additionally the beautiful campus offers a wonderful outdoor opportunity to view the buildings and soak up some local history.

    The driveway to the museum and historic homestead campus is conveniently located on the Camden-Rockport border, just past Hannaford supermarket, on the right, off Route 1 going South. 

    Board members and volunteers will be on hand to welcome visitors and discuss the historical society with interested parties. Volunteers interested in working with the historical society over the summer are invited to learn more and express their interest. 

    For more information, contact the Camden-Rockport Historical Society by email at

  • 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.

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