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Visitors can witness and honor the past at the Maine State Museum in Augusta. Renowned as the Maine's largest history museum, it provides visitors with a clear-cut picture about the Maine's natural and human histories.The museum exhibits a collection of items related to geology, biology, archaeology, ethnography, and history. Noteworthy among them are archaeological and ethnographic collections that include materials dating from the first Native Americans in the area (circa 12,000 B.C.) and large groups of crafts, including baskets, basket-making tools, beadwork, and birch bark objects.The biological section includes mounted specimens — especially Maine's birds — and such smaller items as shells, eggs, and insects.The historical section covers all areas of human activities. A superb collection includes:

  • Maine-made woodworking tools,
  • agricultural equipment,
  • Maine-related furniture, ranging from a simple turned chair to an elaborate Renaissance Revival bedroom set,
  • silver, pewter, and glass, and
  • such archive materials as diaries, journals, account books, newspapers, thousand of images (photographs and negatives), and ephemera representing the State's past.
  • The museum's exhibit areas include clothing, non-costume textiles, toys and recreational artifacts, and building components.In addition, the museum holdings include a collection of Maine's flags - battle and parade standards from the Civil War to the Gulf War, an 1812 militia banner, ceremonial flags, governmental flags, house flags, a Japanese friendship flag, nautical and maritime flags, political banners, temperance banners from the 1840s through the 1860s, and the Stars and Stripes.Permanent exhibits feature natural history scenes; origins of Maine's resource-based industries and agriculture; a variety of home, shop, mill, and factory settings, complemented by displays of Maine-made products; gemstones including tourmaline, aquamarine, morganite, smoky quartz, rose quartz, and amethyst; an 1840s water-powered woodworking mill; history, development, and manufacturing of a variety of different types of glass made and used in Maine; a Paleo-Indian meat cache, a reconstruction of an archaeological dig, and more than 2,000 artifacts and specimens dating from the end of the Ice Age through the 1800s.Replicas of artifacts from King Phillip's War in 1675, Maine's English, French and Native Americans engaged in their long military struggle; disease, supply shortages, and the ravages of warfare also are on display.Metal stencil plates created around 1870, rare collections of 238 silhouette portraits made by Galen Jerome Brewer of Brewer, Maine; stained and leaded glass items from Maine homes, businesses and churches; and examples of tools used to create these works of art, are part of the newer exhibits.The museum also offers educational programs and research activities for groups, by appointment. Items related to museum's collection are available from the museum store.

    History and Heritage Museums

    Maine has thousands of years of history and, unsurprisingly, many excellent museums and historical homes to explain and celebrate it.

    Major historical exhibits can be found at the Maine State Museum in Augusta and the Center for Maine History at the Maine Historical Society in Portland.

    Information on Maine’s interwoven cultures are found throughout the state. Native American history is celebrated at the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor. The Acadian Village explains the culture of the Acadians, the French people of Nova Scotia exiled in the 18th century to northern Maine and beyond. The Maine Jewish Museum in Portland is built within a downtown synagogue.

    Interested in Colonial life and architecture? The Lincoln County Historical Association Museums and the Museums of Old York in York offer you the chance to see some of the homes and civic buildings of Maine’s earliest European settlers.

    Maine hosts a number of house museums and restored historic homes, some of them large and stately like Victoria Mansion in Portland and the Woodlawn Museum in Ellsworth. Other celebrate the lives of specific Mainers, such as the homes of author Sarah Orne Jewett in South Berwick and Civil War hero Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain in Brunswick.

    If you’d like to relive history as well as learn from it, visit Washburn-Norlands Living History Center in Livermore. The 445-acre center recreates life on a 19th-century New England farm.

    A growing museum, incomparable library and statewide educational resource, we are located in the heart of Portland’s downtown cultural district. Founded in 1822, the Maine Historical Society is the third oldest state historical society in the United States.

    Maine Historical Society employs a professional staff of approximately 25. Our one&ndashacre campus, which is open year round, is situated in downtown Portland, across from Monument Square. The Maine Historical Society strives to serve the entire state through its education and outreach programs and through the digital museum, the Maine Memory Network.

    MHS is comprised of the Wadsworth&ndashLongfellow House and Longfellow Garden, the museum, store, the Brown Research Library and the Maine Memory Network.


    "Maine Historical Society preserves and shares Maine's story to enrich life in contemporary Maine."

    Wadsworth&ndashLongfellow House

    The 1786 Wadsworth–Longfellow House is the childhood home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 19th&ndashcentury America's most famous poet.

    Maine Historical Society opened the house to the public in 1901, making it the first historic house museum in Maine. One of Maine’s oldest treasures, the house is a National Historic Landmark.

    Longfellow Garden

    The secluded Longfellow Garden behind the house is an oasis of green and quiet in the heart of downtown Portland. Located on what had once been the domestic farmyard for the Wadsworth Longfellow family, the Longfellow Garden Club created the Colonial Revival style garden in 1926. A favorite respite for visitors and locals, the popular garden is open in seasonal weather. To read more about the garden, visit The Longfellow Garden page on the website.

    Brown Research Library

    The Brown Research Library serves casual readers and scholars, school children, local historians, genealogists, and professional researchers of every kind. The unrivalled collection, from the 16th to 21st centuries, is the state’s most comprehensive resource for the study of Maine and New England history. The rich and voluminous manuscript collections include personal papers, diaries, maps and the records of businesses, proprietorships and towns. Every county in the state is represented. Special collections include major photographic holdings, broadsides, postcards, railroad and engineering drawings, and the largest single collection of architectural plans in the state.

    Among the Library’s many treasures is the Declaration of Independence, one of 25 known copies printed on July 4, 1776.

    Maine Historical Society Museum

    The museum at Maine Historical Society features changing exhibitions and programs spanning more than five centuries of Maine life. Original and provocative exhibitions feature art, artifacts and documents that vividly bring Maine history to life.

    Politics, culture, sports, religion, art and business all find expression through the Society’s extraordinary collections.

    Maine Memory Network

    The Maine Memory Network is a free statewide digital museum, archive and educational resource that makes the rich treasury of Maine's history available to the public at large. Collecting organizations from across the state contribute historical documents, images, maps, photographs, stories, and more. You'll find over 47,000 historical items, 300 online exhibits about Maine history, and access a comprehensive history of Maine on Maine History Online.

    MHS Store

    The MHS Store offers unique books and gifts related to Maine history. Store items span the cultural, social, political, environmental, economical, and recreational history of Maine.

    The MHS Store is open in conjunction with the museum at Maine Historical Society and is located in our museum and administrative building.See Hours.

    MHS members receive a 10% discount. New members receive a 20% discount off their first MHS store purchase.

    See what MHS has to offer

    2020 Impact Report

    MHS members and donors make our work possible. View our 2020 Impact Report for an overview of recent projects and accomplishments fueled by philanthropic support.

    General Information

    Dial (207) 774-1822 and the staff member's extention as indicated below.

    Administration -

    Steve Landry x235
    Facilities Manager
    [email protected]

    Cindy Murphy x201
    Office Manager & Facility Rentals
    [email protected]

    Institutional Advancement

    Christina Traister x231
    Director of Institutional Advancement
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    Hilary Hendricks x222
    Donor Relations Manager
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    Jennifer Polisner x216
    Advancement Operations Specialist
    [email protected]

    Patty Cousins x222
    Creative Designer
    [email protected]

    Elaine Tselikis x223
    Communications & Grants Manager
    [email protected]

    Library & Research (x230)

    For research or reference inquiries, please Ask a Librarian, visit our Research Services page, or call (207) 774-1822 x230.

    Below you will find some resources that might help you with your research.

    Public MHS Databases

    Our online digital archive, museum, and eductional resource, the Maine Memory Network, provides access to thousands of selected images and documents from the Maine Historical Society and over 270 of Maine's collecting organizations. Explore hundreds of online exhibits and a timeline of selected events in Maine's history. Learn more about Maine Memory, how it got started, and how to participate.

    Maine Historical Society Research Library's collection records are in Minerva&mdasha statewide integrated library system created by the Maine Info Net Project, in association with the Maine State Library. The database holds records of books, handwritten, and printed material. At this time, the majority of our library holdings are electronically cataloged.

    The museum collection records are in PastPerfect&mdashcollections management software approved by the American Association of State and Local History (AASLH). The database holds records of our museum objects, photographs, autograph letters, some architectural drawings, and newspapers. This is a work in progress please contact MHS collections staff at for the most complete and accurate research.

    Search over 300 of Longfellow's poems by keyword or browse by title and first line in the most accurate and comprehensive database of his poems.

    Maine History, the only periodical devoted to scholarship on Maine history, is published by the Maine Historical Society in cooperation with the Department of History at the University of Maine.

    Collaborate with fellow genealogists by posting Surname Queries and other questions. You will need to register for a username and password so you can receive email notification when someone has answered your questions.

    Members Only Databases

    You must be an active member of Maine Historical Society to use the Members Only databases. If you are not a member, join by purchasing a membership. As a current member, you may create an online account or use an account you have previously created to access these materials. You will only be asked for your membership ID number the first time you log in, and your privilege will continue as long as your membership remains current.

    You do not need to be a member or register for an account to browse the public databases.

    NOTE: ProQuest stopped remote access to HeritageQuest Online or Sanborn Digital Maps of Maine to our members. We still, however, offer these resources within our library.

    Maine History is the only periodical devoted to scholarship on Maine history. It is published two times a year by the Maine Historical Society in cooperation with the Department of History at the University of Maine. This database contains fully searchable pages from Volumes 9 through 53. From this section you can also download and view recent issues of Maine History. Access past and most recent issues remotely through the Members Only section. As an alternative, you may access past issues through 2017 on Digital Commons.

    A leader in high-quality digital content, JSTOR provides access to interdisciplinary journals on such topics as the arts, business, economics, education, history, humanities, political, and social sciences, as well as other areas of the larger academic and research community. Maine Historical Society's institutional membership includes access to nearly 1,500 full-text journals, fully searchable by traditional methods (author, title, subject), as well as keyword. Access this remotely through the Members Only section.

    This database contains over 5,200 names extracted from 23 rolls of microfilm housed at MHS: Naturalization Petitions of the United States District Court, Portland, Maine, 1912-1929. NARA Microfilm Publication M2086. Finding a name in this database can lead you to an actual record on microfilm in the Brown Research Library at MHS. Access this remotely through the Members Only section.

    This database is from Manuscript Collection 4 in the Maine Historical Society. It lists voter registrations from all the wards in the city of Portland between 1891 and 1902. Find name, address, occupation, date of birth and other valuable information. This data is from the first 11 volumes of Collection 4. Access this remotely through the Members Only section.

    This database is also from Manuscript Collection 4 in the Maine Historical Society. It lists those who filed naturalization record papers in the town of Deering from 1873 to 1898. Find name, date on which the papers were filed, and in what court. This data is from Volume 82 of Collection 4. Access this remotely through the Members Only section.

    Forms & Charts (PDF files)

    Pedigree Chart &ndash List four generations of direct ancestors.

    Family Group Chart &ndash List one family group per sheet.

    Research Log &ndash Keep track of sources and information you find.

    Correspondence Log &ndash Keep track of genealogy requests that you send by email or letters.

    Research Request Form &ndash Let us do the research for you. Find out more.

    Maine State Museum combines history, tech and theater for students

    Joanna Torow, Maine State Museum’s chief educator, provides information to students from Rangeley Lakes Middle School, who attended the performance by the Marti Stevens actors in the Malaga Island, Fragmented Lives exhibit gallery.

    Thanks to Sheila McDonald, deputy director of Maine State Museum, for sharing this article with the Maine Department of Education for publication.

    History, theater and technology recently converged in a lively program simultaneously involving eighth graders visiting the Maine State Museum’s Malaga Island, Fragmented Lives exhibit gallery and fourth graders at a remote site at Rockland’s South School.

    At the core of the program was the museum’s exhibition, Malaga Island, Fragmented Lives, which shows historical artifacts, documents and photographs that recount the story of a controversial, poor, mixed-race community on Phippsburg’s Malaga Island and the State of Maine’s eviction of that community in July 1912. “The richness of this history, along with lessons about community values, economics, human rights, eugenics, and civic engagement, really inspired us to use the exhibition as a springboard to bring the story of Malaga Island to Maine schools in as many creative ways as possible,” said Maine State Museum Chief Educator Joanna Torow.

    “Our first such effort came to fruition in a recent webcast featuring the Marti Stevens Interactive Improvisational Theater,” continued Torow. “The Marti Stevens actors used drama to portray historical Malaga Island residents and possible situations in their lives. The actors then presented conversation-starting scenarios and discussions that dramatically showed emotions, conflicts, attitudes, and motivations. Students were able to see and hear the real-life situations on Malaga Island in new ways.”

    Seventeen eighth grade students from Rangeley Lakes Middle School traveled to attend the performance in-person in the museum gallery. Four of the students even performed with the Marti Stevens actors. “Overall, the students loved the whole experience,” said Kelsey Orestis, eighth grade language arts teacher at the school. “The kids who were able to participate in the skits were really taken by the whole thing.”

    Twenty fourth graders from South School in Rockland also watched the performance and asked questions of the actors in this first-ever webcast from the Maine State Museum. The technical aspects of the webcast were coordinated by Maine Department of Education staff member Bob McIntire, who also volunteers with the Marti Stevens actors. Alan Fecteau from the Maine State Library provided technical assistance and equipment for the webcast, which was transmitted through the Maine School and Library Network.

    The Maine State Museum plans to repeat the program for more classes in March and May. Information about these performances and webcasts from the Malaga Island, Fragmented Lives exhibition gallery are available on the museum’s website or by emailing Joanna Torow at [email protected]

    In addition to the webcasts, the Maine State Museum is offering in-gallery programs about Malaga Island to visiting school groups, as well as a wealth of teacher and student resources available on the museum’s website.

    Jobs and Internships

    The Association of Maine Archives and Museums provides this forum for members and non-members of MAM to post employment, internship, and contract opportunities for collecting institutions and allied businesses and organizations open to Maine residents. This feature was added in March 2019.

    Get it in print: Share your announcement in the quarterly MAM newsletter as well! See the newsletter guideline and deadlines.

    Other news: To share other other news from the field, use the news blog. T o post an event, see the event listings .

    Fine Print

    MAM reserves the right to edit or reject postings as it deems appropriate.

    This service is free to members non-members are charged $20. Members must log in first (see below).

    We ask that all job, internship, and contract opportunities include a stated compensation range, expressed as a salary, hourly wage, stipend, or contract fee. Meant to encourage greater diversity and reduced burnout in collecting institutions, this requirement is made in coordination with museum associations around the country based on information from the National Emerging Museum Professionals Network.

    Admission to gallery: Free for MHS members. Non-members: Adults - $10 Children (age 6-17) $5 age 5 and under, Free.

    All exhibitions are located at 489 Congress Street in Portland unless otherwise noted.
    Hours and Directions

    Begin Again: reckoning with intolerance in Maine

    May 27, 2021 - December 31, 2021
    Maine Historical Society

    Maine Historical Society's powerful new initiative BEGIN AGAIN: reckoning with intolerance in Maine examines the roots of social justice topics and aims to stimulate civic engagement and foster dialogue among Mainers. The Black Lives Matter movement, political unrest, and COVID-19 converged into a societal crisis. BEGIN AGAIN explores Maine's historic role in these crises, and the national dialogue on race and equity through a physical exhibition and a virtual program series. (An online exhibit will reside on Maine Memory Network.)

    The exhibition in our Portland gallery invites the public to re-evaluate ideas, items, and policies of the past 500 years, and an entrenched system which has led to today's civil, economic and environmental upheaval. Designed to engage visitors in a unique spatial experience, the exhibition provides a framework to consider perspectives other than the dominant narrative, and envision a more inclusive and equitable future for all Maine's residents.

    Check out the Being Again Virtual Program Series: May 12 through December 2021.

    View the online version of Begin Again if you can't visit our gallery or if you want to re-visit the exhibition after you've viewed it in person.

    Maine State Museum - History

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    Thomaston was the location of the Maine State Prison from 1824 until the winter of 2002. The prison actually had many transformations during its 178 year history here.

    The first version of the prison actually had underground cells – deep holds into which prisoners were lowered each night and brought up in the daytime to labor in the stone quarry on the prison property. Iron bars were placed over the cell holes in the ground and those were partially covered with a tarp during inclement weather. A prisoner could not stand on a chair or his cot and reach the bars because the cells were extremely deep in the ground.

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    These, of course, were barbaric conditions in which to keep even the most hardened criminal. Those earliest accommodations were short lived and quickly replaced by several long low wooden structures, which were certainly an improvement. Later, the wooden barracks were replaced by a more modern facility constructed with red brick and standing several stories in height. However, even this new improved model did not survive a disastrous fire in 1923.

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    The Prison Warden, who was in Boston when the fire broke out, hurried by car back to Thomaston. He later gave high praise to the many prisoners who helped the fire department extinguish the fire. The facility was so badly damaged that it had to be completely rebuilt.

    At one point in its history, a small section of the prison was devoted to the few female prisoners in state custody. To keep the women from seeing the men laboring in the quarry, and to assure that the male inmates could not see a woman walk past a window, the windows of the women's section had reverse awnings or "hoods" installed. These allowed light to enter the women's area but you could not see the windows from the ground level nor could you look down to ground level if you were inside the prison.

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    Most recently, a new and modern facility was built in the neighboring Town of Warren. The prisoners were moved there in guarded buses over the period of several nights in February of 2002. The move was made secretly in complete darkness so as to disallow any interference with the transfer. The announcement that the prisoners were already moved was made only after the event.

    Much to the surprise of the area population, the prisoners who were interviewed following the move complained that their new accommodations were not as much to their liking as the cells they had in Thomaston. Even though the new cells have doors instead of bars and each cell has a tall but narrow window allowing the inmates to at least see a little piece of the outside world, the inmates complained that they are now required to sleep with a light bulb burning in their cells in order for the modern surveillance equipment to work. They also had thought of the prison in Thomaston as being "sweet time" served.

    To anyone of the more than 11,000 people who took a tour of the prison before demolition began, it was hard to think of such a place as being "sweet" in any sense of the term. The cells had hardly enough room to turn around. The desk or table was frequently so close there was no room for a chair. Men could sit on their cots and write on the desktop with no problem. When in bed, the prisoner's head was only inches away from the toilet and sink. Heat was not distributed evenly in the old facility and while some parts got into the one-hundred-ten degree temperature range in the summer time, other parts experienced water freezing in both the toilet and sink in the winter months.

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    After speaking with a few guards, one came to understand that there was a certain sense of the familiar in the old prison and perhaps it was a little more personal when few things were done electronically, such as closing the cell doors once the prisoners returned from their day's work. To a prisoner, it could feel less lonely to have an actual guard checking up on him at night instead of being viewed over a closed circuit television system. Prisoners had to adjust to the less personal attention they were receiving in Warren compared to the more familiar touches in Thomaston. Any change to a man who has such restrictions on his movements is difficult to trade. New is not always exciting or good, it is frequently feared and disliked.

    By early summer of 2002, the entire prison had been demolished and the stones, concrete and iron bars were literally pushed into the huge hole, several stories deep, left by the quarry after it was played out more than a century ago. The debris, which only partially filled the hole, was then covered with tons of dirt and topped off with a deep layer of loam.

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    Over many years, the prisoners became well known for their woodworking skills. Many became quite proficient at fashioning things by hand. In the nineteenth century, the inmates produced beautiful horse drawn carriages and sleighs and other items such as brooms, buggy whips and woven baskets. More recently, they have concentrated on wooden boxes, cutting boards, models of sailing vessels and small pieces of furniture such as stools and small tables. Dollhouses and jewelry boxes are also fashioned from wood. For the more whimsical shopper, you can purchase a shirt or cap with the inscription "Stolen from the Maine State Prison" on it.

    The prisoners, until recently, also ran an upholstery business. Customers had to bring their furniture to the showroom and supply the correct number of yards of material needed. A few weeks later, a call would come saying that your order was complete and you needed to pick it up, providing your own van with which to move the pieces. There was also a printing press at the Thomaston prison that provided a less expensive way for businesses and individuals to have their personalized stationery and other paper goods printed.

    The Prison Showroom shop is still a fixture on Main Street in what had been the historic Pierson's Pants Factory. It is a favorite stop for tour groups and all visitors coming through the town.

    At this writing, most of the former prison site stands as a vacant grassed over field of almost 13 acres. In the southeast edge of the property a small angled section of the corner of the prison wall was left standing as a marker to the prison's history. Already built is a walking trail to the water's edge on the property and a flag pole with national, state and Thomaston flags displayed.

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    To those familiar with the prison, it seems odd now to not see it as you drive into town. The effect that the razing of it has had on Thomaston has been considerable. Thomaston, for a very long time, had been thought of as the town that sat between a prison on one end and a cement factory on the other. It kept the prices of houses in town depressed. With the prison gone, the prices of real estate in town has increased considerably. People who have the means to restore the beautiful old houses to their original state are now moving here and purchasing them.

    The positive effect of having been host to a prison for 178 years, and the fact that Thomaston experienced a depressed economy after sailing ships were replaced by steam vessels, is reflected in the fact that so many of our homes have remained in the same families for several generations and not changed in any substantial way. As a result, the town has a wealth of highly prized architecturally pure houses.

    When the prison was razed, a big part of our historic past was removed but another phase is just beginning. As history is a constantly changing landscape, we can hope that the future will be as fruitful as the past.

    Plans are now underway to build on the old prison land. Housing and small shops, along with a public park area, are now in the planning stages.

    For historic reasons, as mentioned above, a corner section of the prison wall was retained after the removal of the buildings on the site. The commemorative plaque below is mounted on that wall.

    Maine State Museum offers view of Maine’s sporting history

    The project will have its premiere Saturday at the Elks Lodge in Augusta.

    Oscar Cronk is well acquainted with the sights, sounds, tastes and even smells of Maine’s wildlife. The 86-year-old is a longtime hunter and trapper who makes and sells bait out of his store in Wiscasset, using ingredients such as herbal oils and deer urine. He also makes regular trips to a camp in northern Maine.

    So last week, when Cronk was watching a short presentation of archival hunting photos at the Maine State Museum in Augusta, he didn’t hesitate to correct the record when the big, antlered animals in one photo were identified as caribou.

    Bernard Fishman, the museum’s director, readily admitted his mistake and noted that he is neither a Maine native nor an experienced outdoorsman.

    “I’m just a student,” said Fishman, who is preparing to deliver a longer presentation of the photos Saturday, as part of a multimedia project about Maine’s sporting history. “I have to be careful. I need to go through all this before I do this (presentation), so I don’t embarrass myself.”

    Fishman may not have spent many nights on the forest floor or in the company of big game, live or dead, but his understanding of an old photographic technology has allowed the museum and several partner organizations to bring new life to a significant chapter of Maine history: that of the hunters, trappers, fishermen and other outdoors enthusiasts who have shaped the state’s wilderness and culture.

    On Saturday, Fishman will present more than 50 photos at the Elks Lodge in Augusta. Those photos were taken between the 1860s and 1890s in a format known as stereoview, which allowed them to be viewed in three dimensions using special devices.

    Many of those photos have never been seen by the public, Fishman said, and he has managed to digitize them so they can be viewed on a large screen. They depict everything from hunters in northern Maine camps to the moose, deer, wolves and other animals that have been hunted in Maine and around the Northeast. Fishman will distribute cardboard glasses with red-and-blue lenses that can be used to view the photos in 3D.

    The organizers of the multimedia project include Friends of the Maine State Museum and the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine. To complement Fishman’s photo presentation, they have also put together a 17-minute video documentary that features several Maine men and women, including Cronk, talking about going up to camp – or “uptah camp,” as the organizers have called it.

    “It’s the first oral history project the museum has done,” said Jennifer Dube, development director of Friends of the Maine State Museum, a nonprofit group that supports the museum’s work. “By sharing oral histories and spending time with these communities, what we’ve done is really identify blind spots in our natural sciences program. We have bear and coyote (stuffed and on display in the museum). Now we can tell more meaningful stories about that bear and that coyote in the future.”

    The project was partly funded with grants from the National Rifle Association Teach Freedom Foundation and the Maine Arts Commission.

    Another hunter whose perspective is included in the documentary is Paul Wade, a veterinarian who runs the Cat Hospital in Manchester and who has donated numerous taxidermied animals to the museum.

    “You’ve got to get up there all by yourself,” Wade says in the video of going up to camp. “You can’t have a crowd. You can’t have noise. I mean, I’ve had mice run up my legs. I have had a flying squirrel come down and land right next to me. I’ve had deer come up and just about take my hat off with their nose in my ear.”

    Also interviewed in the video is Judy Sirois, a New York native who moved to northern Maine and has nursed animals such as coyote and bear in her home. Like Wade, Sirois speaks of the sense of solitude she has found in the woods, particularly at night.

    “There’s no light, so the sky is brighter and the stars are brighter,” she says. “I’ve kayaked in the night around 10 o’clock. I was going around the corner, and I came across billions of fireflies, all lit up in one spot, and I think they were mating. I think that’s why they were all gathered there. I never had a camera to take a picture of that. It was just amazing.”

    The video of those interviews will eventually be available on the museum’s website, and transcripts will be housed in its collections, according to Dube.

    “It’s capturing a tradition and a knowledge before it’s long gone,” she said. “It’s a Maine community, and if we didn’t catch some of it now, we could lose it.”

    Last week, Wade, Cronk and another hunter featured in the documentary, Robert Shelton, visited the museum to watch a short preview and to see a sampling of the photos Fishman will present.

    They said they hope the project will convey the important role hunters have played in protecting Maine’s wilderness and managing the state’s wildlife populations. They also spoke of changes that have made hunting safer – like blaze orange clothing – and the need to draw younger Mainers away from their smartphones and into the woods.

    They and the other people featured in the documentary will be at the event Saturday, which will go from 5 to 8:30 p.m. and include a buffet dinner and a discussion of the state’s sporting history. Admission is $60 and tickets can be purchased at and by calling the Friends of the Maine State Museum at 287-2304. All proceeds will benefit the project and museum programming.

    Shelton, 78, grew up in Augusta and eventually became a surgeon. He recalled hunting trips to the Allagash. He described killing his first deer at the age of 12, and killing the largest deer of his life in the 1980s on a winter day when the temperature was minus 20 degrees. Surgery is supposed to be one of the most stressful careers, Shelton said, and he has always found the outdoors to be a good antidote.

    “There can’t be a bigger high in a bottle or a needle or a pill than seeing a 10-point buck with the sun shining off his rack walking up on you,” he said. “There’s no bigger thrill in the world than something like that.”

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    Maine Quilts 2021 is planning a Virtual Quilt Show for July 29-31, 2021!

    The Pine Tree Quilters Guild Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel Maine Quilts 2021 at the Augusta Civic Center. Before making this decision, the Board considered many factors but the foremost was the health and safety of everyone involved. During these difficult times it is important to do what the experts are telling us to do.

    But the exciting news is Maine Quilts 2021 will be a Virtual Show. The Quilt Show Advisory Committee is working hard together to present an online presence instead. We hope to include all our quilts by pictures (through regular quilt registration) including the two challenge exhibits, a vendor page with links to their websites, demonstrations and lectures and maybe a couple of souvenir items for sale.

    Work on your quilts and look for further information in the February Patchwork Press and our website,

    Callie Lavoie
    Pine Tree Quilters Guild, Inc.
    [email protected]

    Questions about Maine Quilts? Contact Maine Quilts Coordinator at [email protected] or 207-216-7358.

    PTQG WORKSHOPS SEPTEMBER 2021 with Nancy Mahoney!

    I am pleased to announce that we will have “in person” workshops in September. The teacher will be Nancy Mahoney. Nancy comes to us from Georgia and teaches old designs with a new twist. Nancy has enjoyed making quilts for over 35 years, during which time an impressive range of her beautiful quilts have been featured in over 250 quilt magazines. She has also created over 100 quilt patterns for a variety of fabric manufacturers.

    Nancy has authored 14 books since 2002 her most recent book is Learn to Paper Piece. Nancy has designed 15 fabric collections, including eight 30s reproduction collections.

    When she’s not designing and making quilts, Nancy enjoys traveling around the country, sharing her quilts, teaching her piecing and machine applique techniques, and visiting gardens.

    Twist and Shout by Nancy Mahoney

    Visit Nancy’s website, for more information about Nancy and her quilts.

    Nancy will be teaching the Twist and Shout class on Friday, September 10, 2021 at the Fireside Inn, I-95 Exit 48, Portland. They are currently not serving food, so will allow us to “brown bag” it. You may bring your lunch or there are many restaurants nearby including Panera Bread, Pizza Hut and Burger King among others. This class will run from 9 – 4 with an hour for lunch and the cost will be $50.00.

    Nancy will be lecturing at the member’s meeting on Saturday, September 11, 2021. She has a digital presentation and a trunk show of Two Block Wonders.

    Dot to Dot by Nancy Mahoney

    Sunday, September 12, 2021 will find Nancy at the Governor’s Restaurant in Waterville, I95 exit 130 teaching the Dot to Dot class. This class will be from 9 – 4 with an hour for lunch. A sandwich buffet lunch will be provided. Because this is at a restaurant, they will NOT allow us to brown bag it. The registration form for these classes is on the back page of this issue. Registration for these classes will close on July 31 st , so get your reservations in early. I am looking forward to meeting Nancy and being a part of live classes.

    Contact Esther Libby, 1 st Vice President at 207-615-5900 or [email protected]

    About Nancy Mahoney

    Nancy has enjoyed making quilts for over 35 years, during which time an impressive range of her beautiful quilts have been featured in over 250 quilt magazines. She has also created over 100 quilt patterns for a variety of fabric manufacturers.

    Nancy has authored 14 books since 2002 her most recent book is Learn to Paper Piece. Nancy has designed 15 fabric collections, including eight 30s reproduction collections.

    When she’s not designing and making quilts, Nancy enjoys traveling around the country, sharing her quilts, teaching her piecing and machine appliqué techniques, and visiting gardens.

    Visit Nancy’s website,, for more information about Nancy and her quilts.

    Social Media Profiles

    Maine Quilts: 250 Years of Comfort and Community

    by Laurie Labar is available at last!

    We had to wait a year, thanks to Covid, but a new book, Maine Quilts: 250 Years of Comfort and Community, is available at last by Laurie Labar, Chief Curator of History and Decorative Arts, Maine State Museum.

    Maine Quilts:250 Years of Comfort and Community
    celebrates Maine’s quilts, their makers, and the ways they reflect Maine’s past. Throughout the state’s history, whole communities of Maine women held together households, farms, businesses, and families when men were at sea, at war, or in the woods. The social networks that supported these women, and the political environments in which they lived, show in the fabrics, patterns and inscriptions of quilts that these women made. LaBar uses the stories she discovers to enlighten, entertain, and bring new voices to Maine history. The quilts she has studied spotlight women and communities across Maine, where the distinctive character of life and experience finds voice in locally-made quilts.

    Youth Quilters

    WOW! Youth quilters awarded sewing machines donated by Kala Murphy and The Fabric Garden for Maine Quilts 2020.

    Sewing machines were picked up in Madison at The Fabric Garden by 26 youths who registered quilts for a youth exhibit at our July 2020 show. Congratulations to these kids that worked hard and entered. Thank you to Kala for the donation and supporting our youth quilters. It is a wonderful thing. Here are some of the youths with Kala. More to come. And by the way this program is in place for Maine Quilts 2021 for another group of youth quilters. Information to enter will be in Registration Brochure in the spring.

    The Fabric Garden
    167 Lakewood rd.
    Madison, Maine

    Volume 7, Issue 9 – May 2021

    A newsletter for Maine Quilts

    DEADLINE LOOMING: May 15, 2021!

    The time is really short to register your quilt/quilts for the 2021 Virtual Maine Quilts, May 15, 2021. There are only two weeks left to register your quilts. You may register up to four quilts for the show. To have a spectacular show we need Quilts, Quilts, Quilts. Check out the link for early admission to the show. At $5.00 per person this a real bargain. You will be able to see the show at your leisure 24 hours a day for 10 days instead of only 3 days and traveling to Augusta. Because of the difficult times we are in Pine Tree Quilters Guild is not the only Virtual Show this year.

    The merchandise is limited this year. You will want to purchase your 2021 Show Pin if you do not already have one. The 2020 Bicentennial Pin is also available. The tote bag is really a must to have to commemorate this special Virtual Maine Quilts. Make sure you get yours before it is too late and they are gone.

    Sign up for the 1:00 p.m. Zoom lectures: Gyleen Fitzgerald Thursday July 29, Barb Vedder Friday July 30 and Jane Sassaman Saturday July 31. These are interesting and informative lectures. There is limited space so sign up now and do not miss out. The lectures are only $10.00 each per person.

    Finally, do not forget to purchase your raffle tickets for the beautiful hand appliqued and hand quilted “My Garden” quilt by member Jo Bunker. Because of the pandemic and we are not able to be out and about it has been suggested that each member buy two books of tickets at $5.00 each.

    The Quilt Show Advisory Board would like to thank you in advance for supporting your Pine Tree Quilters Guild and your Maine Quilts, by registering your quilts, purchasing admission tickets, raffle tickets, merchandise and attending the lectures.

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