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Maine Historical Society

Maine Historical Society
The Maine Historical Society preserves the heritage and history of Maine: the stories of Maine people, the traditions of Maine communities, and the record of Maine's place in a changing world. Maine Historical Society is the third oldest historical society in the United States.

Maine Historical Society is located on a one-acre campus in the heart of downtown Portland. It is comprised of the Longfellow House, home of 19th-century poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; the Brown Library; the MHS Museum and Shop; and the Maine Memory Network, a statewide digital museum.

Guided tours of the Longfellow House, decorated with original furnishings and family memorabilia, offer a unique glimpse into the life of the poet and his family, as well as into the cultural and social history of 19th century Portland. Longfellow's poetry and the context of his work are woven throughout the presentation.

Maine Historical Society EVENTS

HOLDING UP THE SKY: Wabanaki People, Culture, History & Art

Apr 12,2019–Feb 1, 2020
Maine Historical Society, Portland, Maine
This exhibition honors and explores the experiences of the First People of Maine, the Wabanaki, encompassing the Abenaki, Maliseet, Mic...

My Island Home: Recollections of Verlie Colby Greenleaf

Nov 8,2019–Apr 25, 2020
Showcase Gallery at Maine Historical Society
Verlie Greenleaf (1891-1992) bore witness to over a century of Westport Island's history.

Love, Loss, and Longfellow

Feb 27
Maine Historical Society, Portland
Most know the tragic story of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's second wife, Fanny. But, did you know long before her he was married to Mary...
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489 Congress St
Portland, Maine, 04101
(207) 774.1822
The Maine Historical Society preserves the heritage and history of Maine: the stories of Maine people, the traditions of Maine communities, and the record of Maine's place in a changing world. Maine Historical Society is the third oldest historical society in the United States.

Maine Historical Society is located on a one-acre campus in the heart of downtown Portland. It is comprised of the Longfellow House, home of 19th-century poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; the Brown Library; the MHS Museum and Shop; and the Maine Memory Network, a statewide digital museum.

Guided tours of the Longfellow House, decorated with original furnishings and family memorabilia, offer a unique glimpse into the life of the poet and his family, as well as into the cultural and social history of 19th century Portland. Longfellow's poetry and the context of his work are woven throughout the presentation.


Maine Historical Society EVENTS

HOLDING UP THE SKY: Wabanaki People, Culture, History & Art

Apr 12,2019–Feb 1, 2020
Maine Historical Society, Portland, Maine
This exhibition honors and explores the experiences of the First People of Maine, the Wabanaki, encompassing the Abenaki, Maliseet, Mic...

My Island Home: Recollections of Verlie Colby Greenleaf

Nov 8,2019–Apr 25, 2020
Showcase Gallery at Maine Historical Society
Verlie Greenleaf (1891-1992) bore witness to over a century of Westport Island's history.

Love, Loss, and Longfellow

Feb 27
Maine Historical Society, Portland
Most know the tragic story of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's second wife, Fanny. But, did you know long before her he was married to Mary...
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