Become a PHD in 12 Weeks!

house_tour2Okay, so by PHD we don’t mean Doctor of Philosophy degree. But we do mean something arguably more fun, and certainly more quickly rewarding.

Have you ever wanted to become a docent at the Longfellow House, or at one of the other historic sites in the city? Now’s your chance. Portland’s History Docents Program (PHD) is a collaborative effort by Greater Portland Landmarks, Maine Historical Society, Tate House Museum, Victoria Mansion, Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, Fifth Maine Regiment Museum, and Evergreen and Eastern Cemeteries to train new volunteer guides.


The cost to participate is $30 for a twelve-week course. Classes are on Thursdays, starting February 7 and ending on May 2, from 9:00am-12:00pm at MHS and feature a number of guest speakers. PHD graduates are asked to commit to a year of volunteer time at one of the eight sponsoring sites. In return, they receive knowledge, experience, and friendships that last a lifetime.

PHD graduates who volunteer with MHS give tours of the Wadsworth-Longfellow House and conduct Old Port Walking Tours; they also have the opportunity to volunteer in other aspects of MHS operations. Deadline for registering is February 5.

To sign up, contact Marjorie Getz, PHD Coordinator, at 207-774-5561 ext. 120, or Bridget McCormick, Education Coordinator at MHS, 207-774-1822 x212 or

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