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Maine Historical Society’s First 200 Years, a talk with William Barry

Maine Historical Society’s First 200 Years

a talk with William Barry

Founded in 1822, Maine Historical Society is the third oldest state dedicated historical society in the United States. For 200 years MHS has studied, collected on, and worked to preserve and share the many different stories of the many different people who have called the Pine Tree State home, but what do we know about MHS’s own history? Join us for a retrospective on the institution's story with MHS’s Historian William Barry. We’ll take a look back at two centuries of collecting, writing, exhibiting, and interpreting, and think a bit about what comes next.

About the speaker: Portland resident William Barry is a research historian, book reviewer, editor, and freelance writer. He has been a guest curator for a number of art and historical exhibits, including: Women Pioneers in Maine Art (1981), Made in Maine: Michael Waterman (1988), and Rum Riot and Reform: Maine and the History of American Drinking (1999; with Nan Cumming). His research and writing specialties are local and regional art, history and literature. He received an M.A. in American Cultural History from the University of Vermont. After graduation in 1974, he served as Curator of Research at the Portland Museum of Art until the late 1970s.

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Location: online via Zoom.

Jul 6, 2022 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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