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August 2017

Children’s Hour: Story & Craft for Kids

August 23 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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Children’s Hour is back at Maine Historical Society this summer! Join us at each program for the reading of a favorite story book followed by crafts and activities for the whole family. This year we’ll explore the fun and wonder of making and inventing things, as well as the different types of jobs people do! Weather-permitting, all programs will be held in the Longfellow Garden. Light refreshments will be provided. All programs are FREE; registration is recommended. All are welcome;…

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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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Take Your Grandparent to the Museum Day

September 10 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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Grandparents are often our first, and closest, link to history. In honor of National Grandparents Day, a special family admission price of $15 will be offered to all families who visit MHS with a grandparent. In addition, grandparents who purchase an MHS family membership on this day will receive $5 off the family membership price.

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Curator Tour: Creative Maine

September 13 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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Join MHS Chief Curator Kate McBrien for an insider’s view of the creation of MHS’s exhibit, Creative Maine: Trade Banners and the Crafts That Built Maine. Creative Maine explores the creativity and ingenuity that created the Maine economy through the historical parade banners of the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association and examples from some of the most innovative businesses in Maine today. Program is free with museum admission (complimentary for MHS Members; $8 general audience).

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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

Curator Tour: Creative Maine

October 11 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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Join MHS Chief Curator Kate McBrien for an insider’s view of the creation of MHS’s exhibit, Creative Maine: Trade Banners and the Crafts That Built Maine. Creative Maine explores the creativity and ingenuity that created the Maine economy through the historical parade banners of the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association and examples from some of the most innovative businesses in Maine today. Program is free with museum admission (complimentary for MHS Members; $8 general audience).

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Book Talk: Portland’s Historic Eastern Cemetery by Ron Romano

October 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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Eastern Cemetery holds more than 350 years of Portland’s rich history. In his new book, Portland’s Historic Eastern Cemetery, author and cemetery guide Ron Romano tells the fascinating tale of this historic landscape, illuminating centuries of Portland’s history through the stories of those laid to rest. Join us for a discussion of this deep history, followed by a book signing. Books will be available for purchase in the MHS Museum Store. Free & open to the public!

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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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