Maine Historical Society 43.6568° N -70.2603° W

Description

Field trips to Maine Historical Society and school based programs with MHS staff visiting classrooms are available on limited basis due to COVID-19. Virtual experiences are also available. Call 207-774-1822 ext. 214 FMI. Please check back for updated information and visit our website for lesson plans, distance learning/virtual resources, and more: https://www.mainehistory.org/education/index.shtml

A growing museum, incomparable library and statewide educational resource, Maine Historical Society is 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. MHS is comprised of the Wadsworth–Longfellow House and Longfellow Garden, the Maine Historical Society Museum and Store, the MHS Research Library and the online database Maine Memory Network. Our one–acre campus, which is open year round to educational groups, 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.

For school/educational groups, MHS charges a flat rate based on group size: up to 15 students = $75, 16-30 students = $150, and 30-50+ = $225. If that cost is in anyway prohibitive, please email Kathleen Neumann at kneumann@mainehistory.org explaining your circumstances. MHS never wants cost to be the reason a school/educational group can’t visit MHS and so we are happy to work with you to make necessary adjustments and accommodations.


Lunch Notes

MHS does not have a lunch room or cafe on site, but we do have spaces where students may enjoy lunch or snack. Please note that MHS cannot provide a lunch/snack, only a space to enjoy them.

While food and drink are permitted in the Lecture Hall and Longfellow Garden, those spaces must be reserved ahead of time to ensure their availability and this time must be built into your visit schedule. Food and drink are not permitted in the exhibit galleries, the Wadsworth-Longfellow House, or the Brown Research Library. Additionally, the availability of the Longfellow Garden is weather permitting.

If you would like to build time into your program for lunch or a snack, please make this request when scheduling your visit.

Bathroom Notes

Maine Historical Society has one men’s and one women’s restroom, each with two stalls. These facilities are wheelchair accessible.

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel or would like to request a change in field trip plans, please contact the Curator of Education and Interpretive Programs at 207-774-1822 ext. 214 ASAP. In order for Maine Historical Society to properly plan for all interested student groups and ensure that educational programs are staffed appropriately, cancellations must be made no later than 48 hours before your scheduled visit or your group will be invoiced a $50 late cancellation fee (weather related emergency cancellations excepted). Due to high demand, Maine Historical Society cannot guarantee the rescheduling of canceled a field trip without 14 days' notice. Field trips are not automatically rescheduled when canceled.

Info

489 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101

+1 207-774-1822

education@mainehistory.org

Sun
Closed
Mon
Closed
Tues
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thur
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Subjects
History, 18th Century, 19th Century, Social Studies, Poetry, Primary Sources, Informational Texts, Research, My Community, Visual Arts, Colonial Times, Revolutionary War, Civil War, Industrial Revolution, Immigration, Slavery, 17th Century, African American History, World War I & Ii, Native Americans, Women's History, Geography, Government & Civics, Cultural Connections, Reading, Literature, Writing, Non Fiction
Activities
Field Trip, School Based Program, Professional Development, School Partnership
Grades
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult, Postsecondary, 1, 2, K
Cost
Scholarships Available
Accommodations
Outdoor Lunch Space

Learning Experiences

Field Trip

Wadsworth- Longfellow House Tour (1 hour visit)

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL IN-PERSON EXPERIENCES ARE BEING LIMITED TO 25 GUESTS. CALL 207-774-1822 ext. 214 WITH QUESTIONS OR FOR CLARIFICATION. Built in 1785-86 by Peleg and Elizabeth Wadsworth, the Wadsworth-Longfellow House is best known today as the childhood home of the celebrated American poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Here in the midst of the bustling maritime city of Portland, Longfellow grew to adulthood and began the writing career that would bring him international renown by the middle of the nineteenth century.

Students are invited to explore the home on a guided tour and examine the connections between Longfellow's childhood, family life and city life in the mid-nineteenth century, and the poetry Longfellow created.

Please call 207-774-1822 ext. 214 for the most up-to-date information regarding the format and pricing of this program.
Available for educational/school groups September-October and May-June. 60 minutes. Recommended for 3rd-12th grade. The Wadsworth-Longfellow House can accommodate groups of approximately 20-25 students and 3-5 adult chaperones at a time (30 person maximum). Cost: up to 15 students = $75; 16-30 students = $150; 31-50 students = $225. Can be combined with Gallery Program or Longfellow Trial at no additional cost.

Subjects Covered

history, 18th century, 19th century, social studies, poetry

Grades
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, adult, postsecondary
Capacity
30 stu., 1 chap. per 15 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
60 min.
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Gallery Programs (1 hour visit)

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL IN-PERSON EXPERIENCES ARE BEING LIMITED TO 25 GUESTS. CALL 207-774-1822 ext. 214 WITH QUESTIONS OR FOR CLARIFICATION. For each changing exhibit in our museum gallery, MHS educators develop and facilitate interactive activities and explorations of the primary source documents, objects, and artwork that are on display. The focus and theme of each exhibit will vary, but all exhibits relate to Maine studies and Maine history.

Please call 207-774-1822 ext. 214 for the most up-to-date information regarding the format and pricing of this program.
Available for educational/school groups year round; galleries are typically closed January 1 - March 31 for exhibit installation. 1 hour. Recommended for 3rd-12th grade. The exhibit galleries can accommodate groups of up to approximately 35 students and 6 adult chaperones at a time. Cost: up to 15 students = $75; 16-30 students = $150; 31-50 students = $225. Can be combined with Wadsworth-Longfellow House Tour or Longfellow Trial at no additional cost.

Subjects Covered

history, social studies, visual arts, primary sources

Grades
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, adult, postsecondary
Capacity
35 stu., 1 chap. per 15 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
60 min.
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Longfellow Trail Walking Tour (1 hour visit)

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL IN-PERSON EXPERIENCES ARE BEING LIMITED TO 25 GUESTS. CALL 207-774-1822 ext. 214 WITH QUESTIONS OR FOR CLARIFICATION. Discover the city that Longfellow knew on this guided expedition through downtown Portland. Using maps and old photographs copied from the archives of the Maine Historical Society, and Longfellow's poems about his native city, students will search for the buildings and streets that existed in the nineteenth–century city familiar to the poet. In the process students will learn about Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, life in the nineteenth century, and the layers of the past that still exist in Portland's changing urban landscape.

Please call 207-774-1822 ext. 214 for the most up-to-date information regarding the virtual format and pricing of this program.

Subjects Covered

history, 18th century, 19th century, social studies, my community

Grades
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, k
Capacity
50 stu., 1 chap. per 15 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
60 min.
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Library Educational Programs (1 hour visit)

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL IN-PERSON EXPERIENCES ARE BEING LIMITED TO 25 GUESTS. CALL 207-774-1822 ext. 214 WITH QUESTIONS OR FOR CLARIFICATION. How to properly conduct research and use primary sources are vital skills, and for students in Maine, the Brown Research Library at Maine Historical Society is perfect place to develop and practice those skills. MHS offers a variety of programming based at our research library that provide students with hands-on experience in the study and analysis of artifacts, conducting original research, and interpreting primary sources.

Show and Tell programs offer a chance to see up close a sampling of primary sources on a specific topic (event, time period, historical figure, etc.) from Maine Historical Society's collection, and also provide students with an introductory visit to the MHS research library. Requested materials will be waiting for students when they arrive for their visit and library and museum staff will be on hand to help students approach and examine the materials.

A Class/Group Research Session is designed to help larger groups of students studying a specific topic to access and use historic materials from MHS's collection as part of their learning experience. Materials on the topic requested will be waiting for students when they arrive for their visit and library and museum staff will be on hand to help students explore and study the materials as needed. For example, for a Social Studies class learning about abolition in Maine, library staff might display abolitionist or Civil War era newspapers, manuscript materials that discuss the topic, even relevant illustrations and photographs. Students would be invited to examine and study these resources as historical researchers.

Induvial Student/Small Groups Research Sessions are designed to aid classes with assigned individual or small team research projects on a variety of topics. For these specialized visits, the MHS library can accommodate individual students or 2-4 person small teams who might all be researching different topics at the same time. While library staff will need to know topics in advance and can have some materials pre-selected for students upon arrival, this program is also designed to provide more individual guidance for participating students, as well as allowing library staff to retrieve additional materials at the request of the students during their visit. Participating teachers and students are also encouraged search the MHS library catalog and provide a request list of possible materials prior to their visit.

Please call 207-774-1822 ext. 214 for the most up-to-date information regarding the format and pricing of this program.
Available for educational/school groups year round. 1 hour. Recommended for 3rd-12th grade. The library can accommodate groups of up to approximately 20 students and 1-2 adult chaperones at a time. Cost: up to 15 students = $75; 16-30 students = $150; 31-50 students = $225.

Subjects Covered

history, social studies, informational texts, primary sources, research

Grades
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, postsecondary
Capacity
20 stu., 1 chap. per 15 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
60 min.
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School Based Program

An Introduction to Community History (45 min. classroom program)

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE AVAILABILITY OF THIS PROGRAM MAY BE LIMITED AND/OR OFFERED IN A MODIFIED FORMAT DUE TO COVID-19. THIS PROGRAM IS ALSO AVAILABLE VIRTUALLY. CALL 207-774-1822 ext. 214 WITH QUESTIONS OR FOR CLARIFICATION. A Maine Historical Society educator travels to your school to introduce teachers and/or students to the Maine Memory Network, our statewide digital museum. Sessions include a hands-on demonstration of the website and discussion of opportunities for your students to explore the history of your community.

These sessions last about 45 minutes and should be held in a computer lab or classroom with Internet access. We are flexible and can schedule demonstrations during class periods, department meetings, in–service days or after school.

Subjects Covered

history, social studies, my community, primary sources, research

Grades
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, adult, postsecondary
Capacity
25 stu., 1 chap. per 25 stu.
Activity

school based program

Duration
45 min.
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