2014: It’s All History Now

Thanks from MHSHappy New Year! Can we just take a minute and say Thanks?! 2014 was an incredible year for MHS, much due to all the wonderful people who visited us for public programs, listened to our podcasts, became members, researched in our library, contributed to our collections, and engaged with us in person (throughout the state) and online.

We love creating programs and exhibitions for our diverse audiences (in Maine and around the world) and hope that if you haven’t had a chance to join the MHS community, 2015 will be your year to do it. Drop us a line if there’s something of particular interest that you’d like to see us doing in the new year–we welcome your feedback!

We’ve created 7 ways to look back on all that you’ve helped us accomplish in 2014–check out these posts compiled by our staff:

Part 1: Digital Engagement & Maine Memory Network

Part 2: Education 

Part 3: Brown Research Library & Collections

Part 4: Wadsworth-Longfellow House & Garden

Part 5: Institutional Advancement

Part 6: Gallery & Exhibitions

Part 7: Public Programs

We can’t wait to make history with you in 2015!

Your Home, Past & Present

Participate in our exhibition and share your images with us!


Family Farm, Duck Pond Rd. in Westbrook, ca. 1895; 2012.
Gowen Family Farm, Duck Pond Rd. in Westbrook, ca. 1895; 2012.

We are interested in seeing what your home looked like in the past and how it appears today. Submit your images and we’ll install them in our exhibition Home: The Longfellow House & the Emergence of Portland and share them online. We welcome images from all towns and all states. Your childhood home, the residences of friends and family members, or intriguing houses in your area are all acceptable.

Where do I get the Past image?

You or a relative may have an old photo in personal collections. Maine residents may find images of homes Maine Memory Network, our statewide digital museum. Residents of Portland and the Casco Bay islands can find images from the 1924 tax assessment on Maine Memory Network.

Get the Past Image from Maine Memory Network:

Step 1. Search www.MaineMemory.net for your desired past image.

Step 2. Make note of the Item Number (e.g., Item 5417)

Step 3. Send an e-mail to home@mainehistory.org and request a digital file by typing in the Item Number

Step 4. We will e-mail you a digital file that you can download and print at home. Use the paper copy to create your Past & Present image.

Get the Past Image from the 1924 Tax Assessment (Portland & Casco Bay islands)

Step 1. Search for a property on www.MaineMemory.net/PTR. (Search tips)

Step 2. When you find your property, click “View & Download Record (PDF)”

Step 3. Download the PDF and print. The second page will include a large image of the property. Cut it out and use it in when creating your Past & Present image.


How do I make a Past & Present image?

Use a digital camera or smartphone to create your Past & Present image. There’s no “right way” to make an image–get creative! Here are some different ways to make your composition:

1. Hold up the printed Past picture in front of the home as it appears now. The images do not need to line up exactly, and you can see a side-by-side comparison within the frame. It’s okay if your hand is in the shot. (Submit one image)

2. Line up the printed Past image in perspective with the environment. Make a picture that is seamless between the two images. It’s okay if your hand is in the shot. (Submit one image)

3. Take a Present image of the home as it appears now, in similar perspective to the historical image. Do not include the printed historical image in your composition. (Submit two images: Past picture and Present picture)


How do I submit my Past & Present image?

Send an e-mail to home@mainememory.net with your digital image(s) attached. We accept files saved as JPG/JPEG, PNG, and PDF.

If you only took a Present picture and your Past picture is on Maine Memory Network, include the Item Number so we can print both images for your submission.

Please include your name, the location of the image, and a story you’d like to share about the image in the e-mail (optional). Please limit your caption to 50 words. Let us know what information you would and would not like shared.


What happens with my images?

Maine Historical Society staff will receive your submission by e-mail. Your image will be printed with or without a caption and added to the Your Home, Past & Present display in our museum exhibition. Please note that some low-resolution images may not be large enough to be made as prints. Images will rotate as new images are submitted.

Your image will also be shared on the Maine Historical Society Facebook album Your Home, Past & Present and in a slideshow on our website. MHS reserves the right to select which images will be displayed in the exhibition and when. Submissions may be removed at any time without notice.

Other Details:

1. Submissions begin on June 17, 2014 and will continue for one year.

2. You may submit as many images as you like.

3. Home images that show interiors and exteriors are welcome.

4. People can be in the pictures.

5. “Past” doesn’t mean 100 years old! You can determine what a historical image is.

6. Please make sure you have permission to use Past images if they are from personal collections or websites other than Maine Memory Network. If people are in your Present images, please make sure they are comfortable having their likeness on display.

7. If you do not want your images shared online, you must note that in your e-mail submission.


E-mail home@mainememory.net and an MHS staff member will reply shortly.

Thank you for participating in Home: The Longfellow House & the Emergence of Portland!

Membership Just Got Better

MHS is pleased to announce our new and improved membership benefits! Starting now, members will have access to some new perks. Some of these new benefits include free or discounted admission to programs, guest passes to the MHS campus with a Contributor level membership or higher, and discounts on space rental for Supporter level members.

Being a member is about so much more than perks. Your gift of membership helps preserve Maine history and sustain the team of librarians, museum curators, and educators who are dedicated to bringing Maine history to life, making it meaningful, relevant, and accessible.

Support from our community has never been so important and we hope you will enjoy these new membership benefits – we cannot do it without you. Thank you!

13778_Group of Friends
Friends at Squirrel Island, 1895. Maine Memory Network #13778



  • Free admission to the Wadsworth-Longfellow House, a National Historic Landmark
  • Free admission to the changing exhibitions in the MHS Museum
  • Free or discounted admission to lectures, workshops, and other special events
  • Invitations to exclusive members-only events including holiday parties, exhibition openings, and annual gatherings

SHOPPING discounts


  • One year subscription to Maine History, the only publication dedicated to scholarly research on Maine history
  • One year subscription to the MHS newsletter
  • Weekly e-Connection linking you with online exhibits, news, and events


  • Unlimited use of the Brown Research Library
  • Unlimited on-campus access to databases such as Ancestry.com Library Edition, Sanborn Digital Maps of Maine, HeritageQuest Online, and AmericanAncestors.org
  • 10% discount on fee-based research services through the Brown Research Library
  • Use of non flash digital cameras in the Brown Research Library
  • Remote access to MHS databases as they become available online—including the Maine History journal—fully text-searchable and available for download


  • The satisfaction of supporting the effort to preserve Maine history for generations to come


Individual $40

  • Benefits as listed above

Student $20

Available for students with school ID

  • Benefits as listed above

Family $50

Membership for two people in one household

  • Benefits as listed above

Contributor $75

  • Benefits of the Family Level PLUS
  • Two guest passes to the Wadsworth-Longfellow House and MHS Museum

Friend $100

  • Benefits of the Family Level PLUS
  • Free admission and other reciprocal benefits to hundreds of museums nationwide through the Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums (ROAM) http://www.sites.google.com/site/roammuseums
  • Four guest passes to the Wadsworth-Longfellow House and MHS Museum
  • Named recognition in the MHS Annual Report

Supporter $250

  • Benefits of the Friend Level PLUS
  • Six guest passes to the Wadsworth-Longfellow House and MHS Museum
  • 10% discount on space rental for your private event, meeting, or party

Advisor $500

  • All benefits of the $250 Supporter Level PLUS
  • Private tour of the Wadsworth-Longfellow House for you and up to six guests (by appointment)

To become a member, renew, or give the gift membership to someone, visit us online or call Jen Blodgett at Maine Historical Society at 207-774-1822 ext. 216.