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May 2017

Book Talk: Southern Ladies and Suffragists

May 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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Activist Julia Ward Howe could create quite a stir. She did just that when developers of a Deep South international exposition called her to head the Woman’s Department at that event. Urban historian Miki Pfeffer tells how the question “Why Howe?” drove the research for her book. Her inquiry included a visit to the archives of the Maine Historical Society. Pfeffer will tell what she uncovered about Howe’s stumbles and triumphs when in unfamiliar Dixieland for six months. She will…

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June 2017

First Friday Art Walk: Making Paper, Making Maine

June 2 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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Celebrate the opening of our newest exhibition Making Paper, Making Maine! Paper has shaped Maine’s economy, molded individual and community identities, and impacted the environment throughout Maine. When the Otis Falls Pulp Company was opened by Hugh Chisholm in Jay in 1888, the mill was one of the most modern paper-making facilities in the country, and was connected to national and global markets. For the next century, Maine was an international leader in the manufacture of pulp and paper. Making…

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Beer in the Garden: Privateers

June 20 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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Join us for beer and snacks, a rare opportunity to enjoy our historic garden at night, and a chance to see some very special artifacts from our collections! Free for MHS Members; $5 general admission. RSVP not required – drop in any time! Apply your program fee to MHS membership! Beer in the Garden is sponsored by Shipyard Brewing Company.

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July 2017

Intro to MHS: Library Tour

July 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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This 45-minute tour of the Brown Library, fully renovated in 2009, takes participants throughout the library's reading rooms and behind-the-scenes into the archive, normally closed to the public. Nicholas Noyes covers the history of the building, architectural details, the basics of doing research in the library, and even shares a few treasures from the collection. Free and open to the public. Limited to 10; sign up in advance by sending an email to nnoyes@mainehistory.org or calling 774-1822 x207.

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Beer in the Garden: The Founding Fathers

July 18 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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Join us for beer and snacks, a rare opportunity to enjoy our historic garden at night, and a chance to see some very special artifacts from our collections! Free for MHS Members; $5 general admission. RSVP not required – drop in any time! Apply your program fee to MHS membership! Beer in the Garden is sponsored by Shipyard Brewing Company.

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August 2017

Beer in the Garden: Botanical History

August 15 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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Join us for beer and snacks, a rare opportunity to enjoy our historic garden at night, and a chance to see some very special artifacts from our collections! Free for MHS Members; $5 general admission. RSVP not required – drop in any time! Apply your program fee to MHS membership! Beer in the Garden is sponsored by Shipyard Brewing Company.

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September 2017

Intro to MHS: Library Tour

September 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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This 45-minute tour of the Brown Library, fully renovated in 2009, takes participants throughout the library's reading rooms and behind-the-scenes into the archive, normally closed to the public. Nicholas Noyes covers the history of the building, architectural details, the basics of doing research in the library, and even shares a few treasures from the collection. Free and open to the public. Limited to 10; sign up in advance by sending an email to nnoyes@mainehistory.org or calling 774-1822 x207.

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Beer in the Garden: Historic Firearms

September 19 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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Join us for beer and snacks, a rare opportunity to enjoy our historic garden at night, and a chance to see some very special artifacts from our collections! Free for MHS Members; $5 general admission. RSVP not required – drop in any time! Apply your program fee to MHS membership! Beer in the Garden is sponsored by Shipyard Brewing Company.

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October 2017

Beer in the Garden: Past Medicinal Practices

October 17 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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Join us for beer and snacks, a rare opportunity to enjoy our historic garden at night, and a chance to see some very special artifacts from our collections! Free for MHS Members; $5 general admission. RSVP not required – drop in any time! Apply your program fee to MHS membership! Beer in the Garden is sponsored by Shipyard Brewing Company.

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November 2017

Intro to MHS: Library Tour

November 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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This 45-minute tour of the Brown Library, fully renovated in 2009, takes participants throughout the library's reading rooms and behind-the-scenes into the archive, normally closed to the public. Nicholas Noyes covers the history of the building, architectural details, the basics of doing research in the library, and even shares a few treasures from the collection. Free and open to the public. Limited to 10; sign up in advance by sending an email to nnoyes@mainehistory.org or calling 774-1822 x207.

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Beer in the Garden: Traditional Toys & Games

November 21 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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Join us for beer and snacks, a rare opportunity to enjoy our historic garden at night, and a chance to see some very special artifacts from our collections! Free for MHS Members; $5 general admission. RSVP not required – drop in any time! Apply your program fee to MHS membership! Beer in the Garden is sponsored by Shipyard Brewing Company.

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