Maine Historical Society Events


Maine Historical Society and the Maine Women Writers Collection of UNE invite you to…

Thursday, May 27, 7pm

Laying Claim to the Land(scape): Chansonetta Stanley Emmons

Shawn Michelle Smith, Associate Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Please join us to explore the photograpy of Chansonetta Stanley Emmons, Kingfield native and sister of famed inventors F.E. and F.O. Stanley.

Emmons made striking photographs of rural life in Maine and greater New England for four decades, from 1897 to 1937. Her photographs portray everyday practices and farming, capturing elderly New England farmers of a passing generation. In photographs of tidy homesteads, simple farmhouses, and the rituals of harvesting, Emmons reproduced the imagery of an earlier agrarian ideal, staging a way of life that had all but disappeared by the early twentieth century. Although better known for her work in the Northeast, Emmons also photographed in the Southeast, making rare studies of African American tenant farmers in the Carolinas. Emmons’s photographs were not widely circulated during her lifetime, but they nevertheless participated in important ideas about labor, landscape, race, and nation in the early twentieth century.

Shawn Michelle Smith’s books include American Archives: Gender, Race, and Class in Visual Culture (Princeton 1999), Photography on the Color Line: W. E. B. Du Bois, Race, and Visual Culture(Duke 2004), and Lynching Photographs, co-authored with Dora Apel (California 2007).

Event Information

When: Thursday, May 27, 2010, 7:00pm
Where: Maine Historical Society

           489 Congress Street 
           Portland, ME   04101

For more information call 207-774-1822 email


Portland, ME – Maine Historical Society (MHS) presents a new exhibit,

Exposed: Rare Photographs of Life in Maine

Join us at Maine Historical Society during the Portland First Friday Art Walk to celebrate the June series of images in our ongoing exhibit, Exposed: Rare Photographs of Life in Maine. June images displayed through June 30th; exhibit runs through October 31, 2010.

Weaving together a visual narrative of life in Maine that is both timeless and surprising, the black and white photographs in Exposed reveal unusual perspectives and rare content that include costumed students in 1924 comically demonstrating proper tooth brushing, a monumental Ice Palace in Lewiston; a camera club whose members boast impressive mustaches in 1898, and a woman getting tattooed in 1925.

Juxtaposing scenes of urban and rural living, of public and private moments, of performance, instruction, work, protest, play, incarceration, and exploration, Exposed has a single purpose: to illustrate the simultaneous variety of activity in Maine throughout our recent history.

Exposed reveals history both in its subject matter and in the media of the originals. Reproduction prints have been made from media including daguerreotypes, monochrome photographs, and glass plate negatives, with dates spanning more than 100 years of Maine history, 1860-1975.

The opening reception is free and open to the public and will be held on June 4 from 5-8 PM in the Earle G. Shettleworth Jr. Lecture Hall at Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland, ME. Free parking in the MHS lot on Brown Street after 5pm. Our local sponsors Shipyard Brewing Co. and Local Sprouts Catering will provide refreshments. Enjoy our DJ, raffle, and wild party favors. Online Gallery at

For More Information on the Exhibit:
Dani Fazio, Image Services Coordinator, 207-774-1822 x217;
Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street
Portland, ME   04101


188th Annual Meeting
at the Franco-American Heritage Center, Lewiston

Join us for our Annual Meeting at the Franco-American Heritage Center (formerly St. Mary’s Church) in Lewiston, Maine.

Following a brief business meeting at 10:00 am, Denis Ledoux will present: From Facts to Memoir – From Genealogy to Stories. After a Franco style lunch, participants are invited to tour Museum LA, a few blocks from the Center.

Everyone welcome; Registration required. ($25/members, $30/nonmember) Call 774-1822 to register.

Event Information

When: Saturday, June 5, 2010, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Where: Franco-American Heritage Center. 46 Cedar Street, Lewiston, ME

For more information call 207-774-1822 email


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