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  • 01 Feb 2024 4:24 PM | Anonymous member

    Stuart Kestenbaum,  Maine’s poet laureate from 2016-2021, will present a series of poems and talk about the process of making his work. He will also delve into the comparisons to other creative processes he uses. This 30 minute presentation will be followed by a 30 minute Q&A session. 

    Tickets are free with a suggested donation of $10.00. A Zoom link to the lecture will be sent the Monday prior to the lecture. 

    Stuart Kestenbaum is the author of six collections of poemsPilgrimage (Coyote Love Press), House of Thanksgiving (Deerbrook Editions), Prayers and Run-on Sentences (Deerbrook Editions) Only Now (Deerbrook Editions), How to Start Over (Deerbrook Editions), and Things Seemed to Be Breaking (Deerbrook Editions). He has also written The View from Here (Brynmorgen Press), a book of brief essays on craft and community.

    He has written and spoken widely on craft making and creativity, and his poems and writing have appeared in  small press publications and magazines including Tikkun, the Sun, the Beloit Poetry Journal, and the New York Times Magazine. He hosted Poems from Here on Maine Public Radio/Maine Public Classical and was the host/creator of the podcasts Make/Time and Voices of the Future.

    He was the director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine for over twenty-five years, and was elected an honorary fellow of the American Craft Council in 2006. More recently, working with the Libra Foundation, he has designed and implemented a residency program for artists and writers called Monson Arts.

    Former US poet laureate Ted Kooser has written “Stuart Kestenbaum writes the kind of poems I love to read, heartfelt responses to the privilege of having been given a life. No hidden agendas here, no theories to espouse, nothing but life, pure life, set down with craft and love.”

    Tickets available

  • 01 Feb 2024 4:23 PM | Anonymous member

    This evening, Jane Radcliffe will speak about murals, primarily in Maine and Massachusetts, that were both signed and dated by J.D. Poor. This includes the hall, stairway, and bedrooms from the Norton House, in East Baldwin, which will soon be installed in the new building of the RPM.

    Jane Radcliffe is a graduate of Connecticut College, with a master’s degree in American History and Historical Museum Work from the University of Connecticut in a program co-sponsored by Old Sturbridge Village. She has been studying and researching New England painted wall decorations since she arrived as a staff member of the new Maine State Museum in Augusta. She learned that the museum has the custodian of a complete muraled room from the Captain Samuel Benjamin House which had been in Winthrop, Maine until it was demolished during the late 1960s. During the past fifty plus years, Jane's specific area of study has been the murals painted between 1830 and 1842 by Jonathan D. Poor, the nephew and follower of Rufus Porter. Jane is a past trustee of the Rufus Porter Museum of Art & Ingenuity, and one of the founders and the Immediate Past President of the Center for Painted Wall Preservation.

    Tickets available here

  • 02 Jan 2024 12:26 PM | Anonymous member

    Join us for History Hour online with the Sullivan-Sorrento Historical Society's Tobey Crawford Connor, who will be presenting highlights from her recent research on Douaquet (alternatively known as Adowaket and Waukeag).
    This little-known French Acadian settlement with Wabanaki origins existed along what is now Sullivan and Sorrento between 1650-1750. We'll also learn how Flanders Bay got its name, dating back to this period.

    January 9th, 2024 at 7pm

    Click here to register!

  • 05 Dec 2023 8:16 AM | Anonymous member

    The art exhibit includes artifacts and paintings from the Samuel Osgood House Museum, as well as prints taken from some of the restored and enlarged photographs to be found throughout the recently published: Fryeburg, Maine: An Illustrated History. Books and prints will be available for purchase.

    The Pace Gallery welcomes visitors on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 AM to 1 PM, and Thursdays from 1 PM to 4 PM. For those unable to attend during these hours, personalized visits can be arranged by contacting the box office at or calling 207-544-9066.


  • 21 Nov 2023 1:33 PM | Anonymous member

    The Canton Historical Society presents the Annual Christmas Craft Fair and Open House

    10 am – 3 pm on Saturday, Dec. 2.  Location: 25 Turner Street, Canton, ME. Free admission. Handicap accessible. 

    Many crafters will offer unique items including knitting, photography, ornaments, wreaths, jewelry, crochet, leather items, paintings, photo cards, canned goods, bake sale, dog collars and bandanas, minerals, table runners, advent calendars, nightlights, soaps, sage, wooden signs, epoxy coasters, coffee mugs, and much more!

    Raffles for Holiday Gift Baskets and a 50/50.  Food and snacks for sale. The Historical Society’s Country Store will be open with Maine-themed gifts and crafts by local artisans.

    The Canton Historical Society will be collecting gifts for the Santa for Seniors – a program to collect gifts for residents of Pinnacle Rehabilitation and Health Care Canter in Canton. Gift donation ideas include playing cards, gloves, mittens, hats, throw blankets, hair accessories, note cards, puzzles, body lotion, reading glasses, picture frames, etc. Drop off at Canton Historical Society during the craft fair, or on Sat. Nov 25.

    For more information, visit, email, or find us on Facebook.

  • 04 Nov 2023 1:09 PM | Anonymous member

    The Wabanaki Voices Speaker Series continues with a discussion on tribal sovereignty led by Ambassador Maulian Bryant and Darren Ranco. They will share the history of the issue and potential detailed changes that sovereignty would bring.

    Tuesday, November 21 at 7pm at the Margaret Chase Smith Library, Skowhegan.

    Or, join by Zoom. Register for the Zoom link here:

    Ranco, a Penobscot Tribal member, is an associate professor of anthropology and coordinator of Native American research at the University of Maine at Orono. Ambassador Maulian Dana was appointed by Penobscot Nation Chief Kirk Francis in September 2017. As Ambassador, Maulian is responsible to act as a representative of the Penobscot Nation and to serve as a liaison for the Nation at the local, state and federal levels of government to educate and advocate for policy and laws that impact and protect the Penobscot Nation's sovereignty, culture, natural resources and the general welfare of the Penobscot people.

    Sponsored by Skowhegan History House & Research Center.

  • 24 Oct 2023 2:39 PM | Anonymous member

    On Wednesday November 8th at 7:00 PM the Tate House Museum has the honor of presenting “The Art of John Bradley Hudson, Jr.” in an illustrated lecture by Earle G. Shettleworth Jr. on Zoom. A native of Portland, Mr. Shettleworth attended Deering High School, Colby College, and Boston University and was the recipient of honorary degrees from Bowdoin College and the Maine College of Art. He became architectural historian for the Maine Historic Preservation Commission 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 has served as State Historian since 2004.

    John Bradley Hudson, Jr. was one of Portland’s leading 19th century artists. Born in the city in 1832, he established a studio there in 1858. For the next four decades, Hudson produced oil paintings and watercolors of local scenes, the Maine Coast, and the White Mountains. He supplemented his income as a sign and decorative painter. Much of what is known about his work is found in his illustrated journal as well as in period newspaper articles. This lecture will trace Hudson’s career through his pictures with a special focus on his watercolors of such Stroudwater landmarks as the Means House, Tate House, and Broad Tavern. The Tate House Museum’s visitors center proudly displays an 1879 watercolor by Hudson that is a striking rendition of the Means House with a glimpse of the Tate House in the background.

    This lecture is free to all and can be accessed by going to where you will be directed to sign up.

    FMI: Holly K Hurd


    1267 Westbrook Street

    Portland ME 04102

  • 03 Oct 2023 4:21 PM | Anonymous member



    OCTOBER 27, 4-7




    "Let me also say that this is an incredible work---so much time and effort you put into this, and it really shows. It's interesting, thought-provoking, and will intrigue readers and make the historical society justifiably proud. Congratulations."

    Associate Editor of the Journal of American History at Indiana University

    Dr. Cynthia Gwynne Yaudes 

  • 22 Sep 2023 2:49 PM | Anonymous member

    Beer, beer, beer! You can never know too much when it comes to beer and ale in the 18th century. Come join our Tate House Museum docents on October 14 as they take you on an afternoon of education and entertainment surrounding the making of beer in colonial times. This all-new tour will enlighten our guests as to the role of servants in brewing and other kitchen duties. Learn what “pounded cheese” was, how to make it, and enjoy a sample. What did the colonials learn from Indigenous people that impacted their foods and its preparation? Cocktails from beer? You’ll be introduced to beverages you may want to try.

    ColoniAle consists of a one-hour beer-centric house tour followed with a social time in the backyard of the Tate House where you will be given a Tate House pint glass and 2 pints of Mast Landing ale. Mast Landing Brewing is the generous sponsor of our event and is providing guests with their signature ale. Imbibing is encouraged!!!

    Tours are on the hour at 3:00 and 4:00 PM with a social hour following from 4:00- 6:00 PM. General admission is $25 and $20 for Tate House Museum members. Timed tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite at or by visiting our website at


    Holly K Hurd

    Tate House Museum

    1267 Westbrook Street

    Portland ME 04102


  • 12 Sep 2023 3:35 PM | Anonymous member

    Tate House Museum is having a fundraiser on the evening of September 26, 2023 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM to benefit preservation of the historic Tate House. The event is generously hosted by the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education. Guests will have the opportunity to privately view rare historic maps and globes from the library’s collections guided by Professor Matthew Edney, Osher Chair in the History of Cartography. Professor Edney will cap off the evening with an entertaining and informative talk, “Mapping Colonial New England in Manuscript and Print.” This illustrated lecture will explore the complex interplay involved in the mapping of colonial New England among politicians, administrators, military officers, scholars, land owners, and the public on both sides of the Atlantic.

    The event features a wine and cheese reception with expansive views of Portland from the 7th floor of the Glickman library followed by map and globe viewing, and culminates with the mapping lecture and a dessert reception.

    In describing the evening, Tate House Museum Executive Director Holly K. Hurd says “This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to view the exquisite space and impressive collection of rare maps at Maine’s premier map library while supporting preservation of the 1755 Tate House. We are excited to partner with the Osher Map Library to bring colonial mapping history to life for the Greater Portland community!”

    A special auction and raffle of reproduction prints from Tate House Museum’s collections offer guests the chance to take home their very own piece of history. Supporters can participate in the auction or raffle without being present at the event. Map lovers seeking a framed facsimile of a rare 1720 map of Casco Bay by English cartographer Cyprian Southack can bid online until 7:00 pm the night of the event. Supporters can buy raffle tickets online or in person to win one of two reproduction prints. The first is A Plan of Ancient Portland (then known as Falmouth) ~ Circa 1688 ~ With Additions of Later Points of Historic Interest by Ray Gailey. Engraved by James H. Gallagher and published by R. H. Gailey in 1946, this map comes in a handsome period-style frame and depicts early Portland, South Portland, Cape Elizabeth, and the island of Casco Bay. The second is “Night,” a charming and whimsical engraving by William Hogarth. First published in 1738 as part of a four-part series, The Four Times of Day, “Night” is a caricature depicting the chaos-filled city streets of London after dark. This print comes with a $100 gift certificate that can be used toward framing.

    In addition to the Osher Map Library, our generous sponsors include: The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Maine, Linda Bean’s Perfect Maine, Grapheteria Custom Framing, Matrix Absence Management, Preservation Timber Framing, Barba & Wheelock Architects,and Casco Bay Frames & Gallery.

    The event will take place at the Osher Map Library, 314 Forest Avenue in Portland, with registration and wine/cheese reception starting at 5:30 pm. Fundraiser tickets are limited and offered at $75 per person. They may be purchased online at Parking is available nearby at the University of Southern Maine garage for $4/hr.

    FMI: contact Holly K Hurd


    Tate House Museum

    1267 Westbrook Street

    Portland ME 04102

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