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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  • 14 Jul 2018 1:30 PM | Anonymous member

    July 14 – Sally Williams tells the dramatic untold story of the Barker family of Barker Pond – success, tragedy, adventure, crime. Hear about twin daughter Mary Jane Barker who married at 16 and went from finishing school to log cabin in the west. Great Ossipee Museum of Hiram Historical Society, 20 Historical Ridge, Hiram, ME 04041. FMI 2076254762

  • 12 Jul 2018 7:00 PM | Anonymous member

    Tomlin Coggeshall, grandson of former Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins, will deliver a lecture entitled "Molly Dewson and Frances Perkins:  Two Powerful Women." This free lecture will take place at the Delano Auditorium on the campus of Maine Maritime Academy, Castine. For further information, please visit castinehistoricalsociety.org or call the Castine Historical Society at (207) 326-4118.

  • 12 Jul 2018 5:00 PM | Anonymous member

    Join the party at Brew with a View, Historic New England’s first fundraiser for Wiscasset’s own Castle Tucker. Enjoy a summer evening of local beer and spectacular river views, and help save one of Maine's historical treasures. Sample American farmhouse beers from Maine's own Oxbow Brewing Company, along with wine and soft drinks. Sarah's Cafe will provide delicious hors d'oeuvres featuring local ingredients, including lobster. Take an after-hours look inside one of the best examples of a Victorian home in the United States.  Your support will go directly to preserving and maintaining this beloved Wiscasset landmarkTickets range from $30 - $100 with increased tax-deductible contributions at each level. Buy online at http://shop.historicnewengland.org/CAT-BREW-MTX-30-11006/or call 207-882-7169. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. 


  • 24 Jun 2018 4:00 PM | Anonymous member

    Join the Historical Society as it kicks off the season, tour the exhibits, and enjoy light refreshments. This free event will be held at the Castine Historical Society's Abbott School Gallery. For further information, please visit castinehistoricalsociety.org or call the Castine Historical Society at (207) 326-4118.

  • 21 Jun 2018 7:00 PM | Anonymous member

    A show and tell on the treasures owned by area historical societies, the Wilson Museum and the Castine Historical Society. This free event will be held at the Castine Historical Society's Mitchell Room in the Abbott School. For further information on the event, please visit castinehistoricalsociety.org or call the Castine Historical Society at (207) 326-4118.

  • 19 Jun 2018 6:30 PM | Anonymous

    Did you know that Lewiston’s famous Basilica is crooked? Once you hear this talk, you’ll never see the basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in the same way!

    Alice Bisson-Barnes is returning to her hometown of Lewiston to share the hidden story of the Basilica’s construction, focusing on the contributions of architect Noel Coumont who has been blamed for the bend in the building.

    Her talk, "Peter, Paul and Noel: Why Lewiston's Basilica is Bent," will be held at Museum L-A on Tuesday, June 19th, 6:30-7:30 pm. It is free and open to the public.

    “Who else do you know built a crooked church?”  Bisson-Barnes asks. “I know a genius who did right there in Lewiston. The man was maligned but he was a genius.” She will share stories about how the Dominicans worked, their battles with the bishops, their humanity, and their enormous contributions to the Twin Cities.

    Bisson-Barnes now lives in California and has retired from her career as a civilian contracting officer with the United States Navy. She is thrilled to come back to her hometown and share a story that means so much to her.  “Historians continuously erroneously write that he was fired because the church is bent,” she says. “I show, using historic photos, how Noel built the church precisely where it is now because that was where the Dominicans wanted it way back in 1906.” 

    Bisson-Barnes will offer a lively and informative presentation with a playful spirit. “I am bringing with me from California something that has never been seen before by humans anywhere—not even by myself!” she says.  Join us on June 19th to figure out the mystery.

    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 info@museumla.org or call 207-333-3881.


  • 13 Jun 2018 4:39 PM | Anonymous

    This summer, Museum L-A is honoring artisans throughout Maine in its new gallery exhibit “The Lost Art of Handiwork”.  For years, Museum L-A has been collecting the history of the ancestors of our community, preserving the mementos of their hard work, ingenuity, and creativity. Many of the pieces in the collection are handcrafted items, including an embroidered baptism set, hand forged golf clubs as well as personally designed wood, stone and metal weaving hooks. These represent a traditional history of making things in our community that has almost been forgotten.

    The public is invited to attend the free opening reception for the exhibit on Wednesday, June 13 from 5:30-7:00 pm. Throughout the evening, visitors will be able to meet and talk with the crafters about their work that is on display as well as watch demonstrations of real-time weaving and embroidery by local groups and community members. 

    “The Lost Art of Handiwork” will be on display in the Museum L-A gallery from June 14 – September 15. Throughout the duration of the exhibit, crafting events and workshops hosted by Museum L-A will be available for the public to attend.

    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. 


  • 13 Jun 2018 12:27 PM | Anonymous member

    The Castine Historical Society 2018 season's exhibit focuses on Mary W. (Molly) Dewson and Mary G. (Polly) Porter and their 50-year partnership that spanned an era of progressive change. Their causes reverberate in the daily news today. The exhibit explores Molly's role in 1930's American politics and looks at other Castine women who devoted their lives to public service, politics, and marriage equality. Exhibit schedule and hours can be found at castinehistoricalsociety.org. 

  • 09 Jun 2018 1:30 PM | Anonymous member

    June 9 –Peter Hagerty, Porter, farms with horses - tilling, haying, logging. He is author of “Out Watering Horses”. Joint with Soldiers Memorial Library at Great Ossipee Museum of Hiram Historical Society, 20 Historical Ridge, Hiram, ME 04041. FMI 2076254762.



  • 19 May 2018 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    The Maine Innovation Expo celebrates creativity, spirit, ingenuity and innovation in Maine. It brings local and state-wide businesses together with talented students to showcase the wide range of innovative work and play across the state. 2018 will be second year of this event, following a successful and well-attended pilot year in 2017. 

    Exhibitors and entertainers come to the Bates Mill to show their inspiring work. The event is both fun and educational, with interactive activities and exhibits for all ages. There is no cost to attend, though we will have online registration available in advance.

    The Expo provides a platform to connect generations, inspiring our young to explore careers that will strengthen our community and state. Many Mainers believe that their children need to leave the state to get a good education and a good job in the fields of science, technology, design and manufacturing. The Maine Innovation Expo shows families the organizations, schools, and businesses who do exciting work right here in Maine.

    LOCATION: Museum L-A, Bates Mill Complex, 35 Canal Street, Lewiston, Maine

    TIME: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    COST:  Free admission

    CONTACT INFO:  207-333-3881 or info@museumla.org

    Visit www.museumla.org for more information!


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