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Passing the Time. Photo Provided by Maine Historical Society

Passing the Time

The Maine Historical Society presents Passing the Time: artwork by World War II German Prisoners of War in Aroostook County. You can view this exhibit in the Showcase Gallery or through the online version.

Events > Passing the Time
Showcase Gallery
489 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101 United States
207-774-1822
About the Event
Presented by
Maine Historical Society
(207) 774-1822
Wednesday, August 11 – Friday, December 31

Wednesday – Saturday, 10:00AM – 4:00PM

Get tickets in advance here. Walk-ins are subject to availability.

  • Due to a recent rise in COVID case: Face masks are required for all guests, regardless of vaccine status, including children over the age of three. We trust our patrons to help keep everyone safe.

About the Exhibit
In 1944, the U.S. Government established Camp Houlton, a prisoner of war (POW) internment camp for captured German soldiers during World War II. Many of the prisoners worked on local farms planting and harvesting potatoes. Some created artwork and handicrafts they sold or gave to camp guards. Camp Houlton processed and held about 3500 prisoners and operated until May 1946.

Maine Memory Network is Maine’s digital museum administered by the Maine Historical Society with over 270 Contributing Partner institutions. The Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum in Houlton, a Maine Memory Network Contributing Partner since 2003, has 717 items and 13 exhibits online. In addition to holding an enormous archive about Aroostook County, their collections house images of the POW soldiers and artwork they created, which will be displayed as reproductions

View the online version of Passing the time.