And find out why you’ve got to mark your calendars to join us next year for our annual gala on Kentucky Derby day.
Now online, 125 alluring photos of attendees at the recent Mad Hatter Affair at the Woodlands in Falmouth. Gorgeous outfits and some stunning head-wear! (Not to mention table decorations, auction items, etc, etc.)
The old-time tradition of leaving treasure-filled baskets on doorknobs or doorsteps on the first of May is the subject of both “Stories from Maine Memory Network” and “From the Collections” in this month’s e-Connection. Among other things, learn how World War I-era Biddeford children earned themselves a party after initially being chased away during their May basket reverie.
Plus, the Longfellow House and Garden are now open to the public for the season. (At long last… it seemed like that winter would never end!) Check out the tour details and times and come on in.
We’ve even got a way to get you intimately involved with the Garden–right down into the dirt, in fact. May’s e-Connection features a call for volunteers to weed and prune this spring. Check out the details and the dates, and sign up to become one with the soil.
Rounding out the surprises “in store” for you: A seasonally-apt Portland Sea Dogs book coupon good in the museum shop or online.
As we celebrate Patriot’s Day today, we remember not only Lexington and Concord, but also Maine’s role in the early battles of the American Revolution. Through letters, engravings, and maps, the Maine Memory Network online exhibit, Liberty Threatened: Maine in 1775, explores some of the events of 1775, including disputes between patriots and loyalists, escalating conflicts in Falmouth (Portland) and Machias, and Benedict Arnold’s march through Maine to Quebéc. View the exhibit.
At left is an illustration for Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famous poem The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere from The Complete Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow with numerous illustrations/ Boston : Houghton, Mifflin and Company; James R. Osgood and Company, 1880 (which can be found at the MHS Library). The poem is from Tales of a Wayside Inn.
Listen my children and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five; Hardly a man is now alive Who remembers that famous day and year.
He said to his friend, “If the British march By land or sea from the town to-night, Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch Of the North Church tower as a signal light,– One if by land, and two if by sea; And I on the opposite shore will be, Ready to ride and spread the alarm Through every Middlesex village and farm, For the country folk to be up and to arm.
Today’s e-Connection “This Week at MHS” highlights an excellent genealogy workshop happening this coming Saturday, April 23rd from 10-11:30am. The workshop, Using AmericanAncestors.org, will be lead by Ryan Woods, Director of Internet Technology at New England Historic Genealogy Society.
Psssst! MHS is leading a trip to Boston to visit NEHGS on May 14- details here.
Join us for an insider’s look into this extensive new online genealogy resource. NEHGS recently launched their flagship website, AmericanAncestors.org. This new online resource has more than 3,000 digitized collections and more than 135 million records covering New England, New York, and other areas of family research dating back to 1620. This workshop will offer strategies for maximizing your search experience as well cover tips and techniques for navigation and personalizing your online experience. Registration required. Fee: MHS Members: $15; Non-Members: $25. To register, please call 774-1822.
After what seems like one of the longest winters on record here in Maine, the robins have finally landed! And so has this month’s e-Connection, just as chock full as those fat little birds now hopping around on your lawn.
To celebrate, we have a 20% off coupon in the newsletter good toward ANY poetry book from the MHS museum store (or shop online). Why? Because despite T. S. Eliot’s claim that April is “the cruelest month,” it also happens to be National Poetry Month.
April may well stand as the cruelest month for the U.S. sardine industry. The Prospect Harbor Cannery closed its doors on April 18, 2010, ending a 135-year history of canning on the coast of Maine. This can of sardines, from the last batch, is now in our permanent collection. (An unscientific internet search suggests that 2-3 years might be the shelf-life of an unopened can. Will it start to become, er, aromatic at that point? Hmmm…)
Nothing fishy–except maybe some smoked salmon appetizers–will be served up on May 7 at the Woodlands in Falmouth. That’s the date of our annual gala, the Mad Hatter Affair. For full details on the shindig, see our post Get Your Hat On.
The Mad Hatter is a lot of work behind the scenes and we all pitch in, but much of it is done by MHS “events guru” (translation: Marketing & PR Manager) Elizabeth Nash.
Fittingly, she’s profiled in this month’s e-Connection under our Spotlight section. The words “panache,” and “pizazz” are included, as might be expected in a write-up about an events guru. (MHS Factoid: Did you know that there are three Bates College alums working at MHS? Elizabeth is one of them. We’ll let you ferret out the other two.)
and an announcement about a delightful new MHS blog (hmmm… sounds strangely familiar…).
If you don’t want to miss all this goodness in the future, sign up for the monthly e-Connection (and our in-between weeklies, “This Week at MHS”) here–sent right to your email IN-box. You’ll be glad you did!
Mark your calendar for May 7 and get thee to a millinery (that’s old-fashioned lingo for hat store)… it’s time for Maine Historical Society’s annual show-stopping (or is that show-topping) event–the Mad Hatter Affair!
This year’s theme is “Triple Crown” to tie in the fun and festive focus on headwear with the annual viewing of the Kentucky Derby. Here are a slew of colorful and decorative images from the 2010 gala to inspire your creativity.
Our biggest fundraiser of the year, the annual gala is held at The Woodlands in Falmouth and features:
a delectable dinner,
a silent auction (with fabulous items like a Jackson Hole condominium, a private gallery tour at the MFA in Boston, dinner for two at the Black Point Inn, a sailing adventure, a schooner trip, overnight stays, one-of-a-kind gifts, and much, much more),
and–yes–a “Triple Crown Hat Contest” with prizes for Best Male, Best Female, and Most Historical Hat.
What could you possibly have to do that weekend that could be more fun than that?!
Now, for the finer details: Tickets are $100 for individuals or $175/patron (which will get your name in print on the evening program). Or, get your friends together and purchase a table of 10 for $750. Corporate sponsorship are available for $2,500. For more information, visit the MHS Mad Hatter page. Or contact event organizer Elizabeth Nash for tickets at email@example.com or 774-1822 x206.