Remembering Portland’s Neighborhoods

MHS Collaborates with Art at Work’s Meeting Place Project on Neighborhood-based Storytelling Workshops about Bayside, East Bayside, Libbytown, and West End Neighborhoods

Do you have a story about the Portland neighborhood you grew up in, ponds you skated in, buildings that have long since vanished, or the old businesses you used to visit? Did you grow up going to Tony’s Donuts? Or chatting with ‘Tiny’ who worked at Red’s, over near where Denny’s is now? Remember the gray stone walls of the Monroe Street County Jail by Fox and Anderson Streets?

N. G. Nichols Drug Store in Bramhall Square, in Portland’s West End, ca. 1895.

Maine Historical Society, in collaboration with Art at Work’s Meeting Place project, is collecting stories from four Portland neighborhoods, and we need your help. Please join us at MHS for a series of interactive, place-based storytelling workshops on the following dates:

  • West End: Tuesday, July 24, 6-8:30PM
  • Bayside: Wednesday, July 25, 6-8:30PM
  • East Bayside: Tuesday, July 31, 6-8:30PM
  • Libbytown: Wednesday, August 1, 6-8:30PM

Meeting Place is a project aimed at increasing pride, awareness, participation, and diversity in neighborhood organizations through targeted arts workshops and neighborhood celebrations.

Winslow Pottery, Portland’s Back Cove, 1902

Each workshop will offer the chance for participants to share, in their own words, knowledge and memories of the Portland neighborhood in which they live or have spent time in. Maine Historical Society will start the conversation with historical images, maps, and details from each neighborhood, and then participants will be invited to share their own memories. We’re looking for all kinds of stories: hilarious, ridiculous, mundane, and more! And please bring photographs to share.

Scrap metal workers at William H. Perry Co. on Kennebec Street in Portland’s Bayside neighborhood, ca. 1909

Gathered stories will be linked to the neighborhoods’ larger Gateway Arts Projects–public art initiatives–through photography, block carvings, and poetry, all of which will be displayed throughout West End, Bayside, East Bayside, and Libbytown during Meeting Place’s September Celebrations.

Free parking is available behind MHS (489 Congress Street) for the workshops. Food and refreshments will be served. For more information, please call 207-774-1822.

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