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MAINE'S COLLECTING INSTITUTIONS

Events at Member Institutions

Umbrella Cover Museum, Peaks Island Curran Homestead and Living History Museum, Orrington Curran Homestead and Living History Museum, Orrington Hamilton House, South Berwick Union Historical Society 

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  • 18 Apr 2018 6:30 PM | Anonymous member

    When it comes to quirky energy, Augusta has it in spades!  A capital city with a schizophrenic personality, this little town by the Kennebec sits in one of the most beautiful valleys in all of Maine.  Filled with gossipy neighbors, charming merchants, down and out vagabonds and smartly dressed bureaucrats, there’s no other place in the state that can quite match it.  A small town with big city issues, and hearts bigger than the sturgeons that splash along its waterfront; it’s a place both simultaneously confident and insecure.  Self-aware enough to know its limitations, but clueless enough to fully realize its potential, it remains the last place in Maine that has yet to be claimed by hipster and tourist, alike.  This book is your guide to everything that makes Augusta so …Augusta. From a calendar of local holidays to a profile on area neighborhoods to really weird history, as well as personal stories from local movers and shakers, this is your glimpse into one of the most intriguing places around.  So welcome to Augusta, the best little city in New England. Seriously.

    Michael Hall is the Executive Director for the Augusta Downtown Alliance, a member of the Main Street Maine program. A native of Florida, Michael moved up to Augusta in the winter of 2016 to realize his goal of working in a historic, urban setting.  With a Bachelors in History from Centre College, a Masters in Communications from Rutgers University and a Masters in Architectural Conservation from the University of Edinburgh, Michael feels fortunate to live and work in an environment where he gets to utilize all three of his degrees.

    A big fan of Maine, and an even bigger fan of Augusta, Michael takes full advantage of everything both places have to offer including the mountains, coast, rivers and lakes.  In his spare time, Michael enjoys reading Stephen King novels, getting out on the water, working with his Board of Directors and volunteers and socializing over a beer.

    The Kennebec Historical Society’s April Presentation is free to the public (donations gladly accepted) and will take place on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. at the Viles Arboretum located at 153 Hospital Street in Augusta. ​ 


  • 11 Apr 2018 10:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Have you ever wanted to learn how to digitize and scan historical documents, but were not sure how to go about it?   This is the subject of workshop being offered at the Lincoln Memorial Public Library in Dennysville on Wednesday, April 11 from 10 a.m. to twelve noon.  Al Churchill, Esq., will be demonstrating how he has preserved thousands of documents and images for the St. Croix Historical Society using a simple flatbed scanner and portable computer.   In addition to preserving a digital copy, using simple Adobe applications, older texts have been rendered legible and searchable.  “The process is relatively simple,” says Churchill, “it is largely a matter of getting used to it.”  While the seminar is designed for local historical societies and archivists, the public is welcome to participate, space permitting. 

    The workshop is free, but participants are asked to register by Friday, April 6th, by contacting Colin Windhorst at cjcw@myfairpoint.net, or calling 726-3905 with any questions


  • 09 Mar 2018 2:06 PM | Anonymous member

    Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums

    New England Regional Conference, Spring 2018

    Sharing Preservation and Presentation of New England History

    April 13, 14, 15th -- Central Maine 

    at Freeport Historical Society's Pettengill Farm, the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center in Livermore, and the Vaughan Homestead in Hallowell

    To Register and for the Conference Schedule: visit

    http://www.alhfam.org/event-2779123

    For more information email:ashellenbean@strawberybanke.org

  • 27 Feb 2018 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Poetry Reading and Conversation: An Evening With Richard Blanco at Colby College

    Join us on Tuesday, February 27 at Colby College!

    5:00pm, Public Reception, Colby College Museum of Art, Williams D. Adams Gallery

    6:00pm, Poetry Reading, Bixler Art Building, Given Auditorium 

    The Colby College Museum of Art's Lunder Institute of American Art welcomes Richard Blanco, artist-in-residence and presidential inaugural poet. Blanco will read and discuss selections of his work centered on the meaning of home, including poems from his latest book, Boundaries, a collaboration with landscape photographer Jacob Bond Hessler. The poems and photographs investigate the boundaries of race, gender, class, and ethnicity and challenge the dividing lines - both historic and current - that shadow America.

    For more information please visit   https://www.facebook.com/events/1810109582386797/ or contact Jordia Benjamin, Mirken Coordinator of Academic and Public Programs, jordia.benjamin@colby.edu, 207.859.5613



  • 21 Feb 2018 6:30 PM | Anonymous member

    Born in Sangerville, Maine in 1879, Harry Oakes's life experiences took him to six continents, earned him a knighthood as well as a personal fortune rivaling all others, but also tragically ended in a brutal 1943 murder that remains unsolved.  Portrayed by Gene Hackman in one of the actor's least memorable endeavors, Sir Harry's actual career, fortune and death garnered world-wide attention, even though he never forgot his Maine roots.  He is buried in the bucolic beauty of the East Dover Cemetery.

    KHS Speaker David Leigh's career in Maine education spanned 31 years as a teacher, high school principal and community college instructor.  In retirement, Leigh has continued to direct the TIME/NEWSWEEK Cover Project.  Begun with his students in 1972, the collection now includes over 1,100 autographed news magazine covers, some dating as far back as 1938.  In addition, he has presented enrichment lectures on cruise ships to the Canadian Maritimes, the Caribbean and to Great Britain.  He and his wife Ann own and manage a 62-acre tree farm in Belgrade.

    The Kennebec Historical Society’s February Presentation is free to the public (donations gladly accepted) and will take place on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. at the Emmanuel Lutheran Episcopal Church located at 209 Eastern Avenue in Augusta. ​  


  • 15 Feb 2018 4:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Spring Open House
    Thursday, February 15, 4:30- 6:30 p.m.

    Join us for a celebration of our spring exhibitions with a reception, guided tours, and hands-on activities for families!
    Opening Exhibitions:
    Hernan Bas: The Paper Crown Prince and Other Works (February 13 to May 3)
    City of Ambition: Photography from the Collection (February 15 to August 26)
    Yoshua Okón: Oracle (February 15 to May 1)

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1818974874840245/

    Followed by...

    Palentine's Day at the Museum

    Thursday, February 15, 6:30-8:30p.m.

    Bring a pal and enjoy drinks and snacks while participating in partner-oriented crafts and activities around the Museum. Open to the student body as well as members of the Maine community. Cosponsored by the Museum's Student Advisory Board.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/163622497736645/

    For more information visit the Facebook links above or contact Jordia Benjamin, Mirken Coordinator of Academic and Public Programs, jordia.benjamin@colby.edu or 207.859.5613

  • 24 Jan 2018 6:30 PM | Anonymous member

    Come for a ride through 150 years of history in Waldo County.  Chartered in 1867, the Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad has survived two world wars, the construction of highways, the collapse of the poultry industry in Waldo County and survives today as a tourist railroad and historic relic of days gone by.  This presentation by author and railroad historian Joey Kelley outlines the history of this unique railroad and gives you a summary of his book on the subject - the very first book ever written on the Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad.

    Our speaker, Joseph T. “Joey” Kelley, is a railroad historian, photographer and volunteer with the Brooks Preservation Society.  He has been involved with the Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad on and off since 2004 and was once a paid employee of the Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad Preservation Society.  His other passions include photography, motorcycles and restoring antique equipment.

    The Kennebec Historical Society January Presentation is co-sponsored by the Maine State Library and free to the public (donations gladly accepted) and will take place on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. at the Maine State Library located at 230 State Street in Augusta. ​  


  • 10 Dec 2017 12:00 PM | Anonymous member
    It’s Christmas at the historic Tate House Museum and we’d like to invite you to join us for the sights, sounds, and tastes as we celebrate the season, Colonial style. Captain George Tate, his wife Mary, and their friends celebrated with much food and drink, music, and games. It was a joyous, bright spot in what could turn out to be a long, cold winter, and the Tate family and their friends made the most of it! Come and see how an affluent mast agent’s family may have celebrated the holidays in the 18th century.Our docents donned in period attire will introduce you to the prevailing traditions and customs of the time as you make your way through the Tate’s 1755 home. Why did the Tates celebrate Christmas while many of their neighbors did not? How did decorations differ from those of today? What types of food and drink would be served? What kind of games and gifts might the children have enjoyed? What is Boxing Day all about? Please join us for this special house tour of the only pre-Revolutionary home in Greater Portland open to the public on Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10 beginning at noon. The last tour will leave at 3:30 PM. Once you’ve completed your tour, you are invited to take some refreshment in the parlor of the Means House across the street. Admission is $15 for Adults and Seniors and $10 for children under 12. Tickets can also be purchased through

    Eventbrite at  https://www.eventbrite.com/o/tate-house-museum-8364593136

    For more information contact:

    Betty Janus

    Tate House Museum

    1267 Westbrook Street

    Portland, ME 04012

    774-6177

    info@tatehouse.org

    www.tatehouse.org

  • 09 Dec 2017 12:00 PM | Anonymous member
    It’s Christmas at the historic Tate House Museum and we’d like to invite you to join us for the sights, sounds, and tastes as we celebrate the season, Colonial style. Captain George Tate, his wife Mary, and their friends celebrated with much food and drink, music, and games. It was a joyous, bright spot in what could turn out to be a long, cold winter, and the Tate family and their friends made the most of it! Come and see how an affluent mast agent’s family may have celebrated the holidays in the 18th century.Docents donned in period attire will introduce you to the prevailing traditions and customs of the time as you make your way through the Tate’s 1755 home. Why did the Tates celebrate Christmas while many of their neighbors did not? How did decorations differ from those of today? What types of food and drink would be served? What kind of games and gifts might the children have enjoyed? What is Boxing Day all about? Please join us for this special house tour of the only pre-Revolutionary home in Greater Portland open to the public on Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10 beginning at noon. The last tour will leave at 3:30 PM. Once you’ve completed your tour, you are invited to take some refreshment in the parlor of the Means House across the street. Admission is $15 for Adults and Seniors and $10 for children under 12. Tickets can also be purchased through

    Eventbrite at  https://www.eventbrite.com/o/tate-house-museum-8364593136

    For more information contact:

    Betty Janus

    Tate House Museum

    1267 Westbrook Street

    Portland, ME 04012

    774-6177

    info@tatehouse.org

    www.tatehouse.org

  • 15 Nov 2017 6:30 PM | Anonymous member

    Please join us Wednesday, November 15th as Chuck Rand, professional archivist and Old Bristol Historical Society Co-President, discusses the proper care and handling of personal family documents and photos. His talk will focus on the factors that cause deterioration and will offer specific suggestions and materials to help you prolong the life of your family treasures.

    Chuck Rand began his professional life as an historical archaeologist in the summer of 1972 following his first year as an undergraduate studying anthropology/archaeology at the University of Maine.  After acquiring an M.A. in history, he moved to the Washington, DC area and became affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution and its National Museum of American History where his duties included collections management and photography.

    Mr. Rand obtained an M.L.S. from the University of Maryland and moved to Oklahoma where he held a number of positions related to information services including Curator of the Political Commercial Archive at the University of Oklahoma.  His tenure as Director of the Dickinson Research Center at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum was rewarding and enabled him to employ all the skills and abilities he had developed to that point and some, such as oral history interviewing, videography and video-editing, that he learned and developed on the job.

    The Kennebec Historical Society November Presentation is free to the public (donations gladly accepted) and will take place on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. at the South Parish Congregational Church located at 9 Church Street in Augusta. ​  


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