Maine Historical Society News…

I received a couple of releases on scheduled events hosted by the Maine Historical Society for the month of July….
Maine Historical Society invites you to …

Friday, July 4, 12pm
Reading of the Declaration of Independence

Representative Herb Adams

Join us to celebrate the Fourth of July with a public reading of the Declaration of Independence at 12:00 noon, on Friday, July 4, 2008.

State Representative and Historian Herb Adams will read the Declaration in front of the Wadsworth-Longfellow House at 487 Congress Street.

The Maine Historical Society owns a rare 1776 Dunlap Broadside of the Declaration. About 150 copies of that broadside were distributed through the colonies shortly after the Declaration was signed; only 25 of those are known to have survived, including the one belonging to MHS. Maine Historical Society’s copy of the Dunlap Broadside will not be on display but facsimiles will be available for viewing and purchase.

This event is free.

Event Information

When: Friday, July 4, 2008, 12pm
Where: Maine Historical Society,
489 Congress Street, Portland
For more information call 207-774-1822 or email


June 30, 2008

CONTACT: Jane Foden, Maine Historical Society, 207-774-1822,

Free July 2008 Events at Maine Historical Society

In Partnership with Portland Public Library…
Thursday, July 10, 2:00 pm
Treasures in Your Attic: Old and Rare Books
Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of The Brattle Book Shop in Boston, will discuss the joy of the hunt for rare and antique books. His talk will include many examples of interesting finds and numerous anecdotes about the books, authors, collectors and other unique personalities that populate the rare book world. Mr. Gloss will also appraise books for program attendees after the public presentation. Gloss appears regularly as an appraiser on the PBS series Antiques Road Show and is often a guest on New England Cable News’
“Good Morning Live.” FREE

Tuesday, July 15, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
The Toothpick
Henry Petroski, Duke University, will look into the history of the toothpick, the subject of his new book. This is the unexpected story of the simplest of implements, as old as mankind and as universal as eating. Whether made of grass, gold, quill, or wood, the toothpick reveals a story of engineering and design, of culture and class, and a lesson in how to discover the extraordinary in the ordinary. Until recently, Maine produced wooden toothpicks that were famous worldwide. Henry Petroski is Professor of Civil Engineering and History at Duke University and the author of morethan a dozen books. FREE

Tuesday, July 22, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Exploring with Thoreau
Photographer Bridget Besaw and author Tom Slayton will present a program of photographs and readings based on Henry David Thoreau’s extensive travels through northern Maine along canoe trails and up the rugged slopes of Katahdin. Besaw has just published Wildness Within, Wildness Without; Exploring Maine’s Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail, a collection of her photographs of the region accompanied by essays on Maine’s wild northern regions, the Native American people who have lived there, and Thoreau’s experiences. Slayton is the author of the recently published Searching for Thoreau, which explores the places, and ideas that were most important to America’s first great naturalist. FREE

In Partnership with the Portland Fire Museum…
Tuesday, July 29, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Portland Firefighters on Film, 1912 and 1962
View a screening of two incredible films that document Portland firefighting history. The first, “The Portland Fire Department in Action 1912,” documents firefighters leading horse drawn fire engines as they enter and leave various firehouses around the city. The horses, equipment, firefighters, and brief glimpses into Portland streets are stunning. The second film, “24 Hours”, jumps forward fifty years and documents a day in the life of the Portland Fire Department, circa 1962, including the beginning of the city firefighters’ shift, their daily routines of cleaning, maintaining the apparatus, training, and, of course, responding to emergencies. These films offer a rich visual record of Portland, and honor firefighters past and present. FREE

For More Information:
Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101

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