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Maine Historical Society Introduces New Genealogy Experience

Maine Historical Society Introduces New Genealogy Experience

June 6, 2018

This June, Maine Historical Society (MHS) is kicking off a weekly guided introduction to genealogical research: Find Your Place in History.

On Thursday afternoons from June to October 2018, small groups will gather in MHS's renowned Brown Research Library and embark on the Find Your Place in History program from 4:00 to 5:30pm. During the program, participants will explore history on all levels: from the history of their own family to artifacts that help tell the story of western civilization.

“Genealogy is one of the most popular hobbies in the United States, and many of our visitors to the Brown Research Library are genealogists doing research” says Nan Cumming, Director of Advancement and creator of the Find Your Place in History program. “But we have heard from many members of the public that they’d love to learn more about their family history but have no idea where to begin, and the online sources can be so confusing. We have the expertise, the information, and the collections here – and can help them get started on this fascinating—and addictive—journey.”

During their afternoon session, Find Your Place in History participants will dig into their own family story with the guidance of Maine Historical Society staff. In addition, they will view artifacts from the collections of the Maine Historical Society and put on the white gloves and explore Maine Historical Society’s archives—off limits to regular visitors. After their work in the library, the participants will gather in the Longfellow Garden to enjoy refreshments.

“We’re delighted to kick off the Find Your Place in History program and to welcome those who have always had an interest in genealogy, even if their family isn’t from Maine!” said Cumming. The first Find Your Place in History program starts on June 21, 2018.

What & When: Find Your Place in History: A Maine Historical Society Genealogy Experience When: Thursdays from June to October, from 4:00pm to 5:30pm Where: Check-in at the MHS Museum Store at 489 Congress Street

Tickets & Info: 6 people maximum each week. Available by advance registration online at or by phone at 207-774-1822 ext. 216 Cost: $75 each

About Maine Historical Society | A growing museum, incomparable library and statewide educational resource located in the heart of Portland’s downtown cultural district. Founded in 1822, Maine Historical Society is the third oldest state historical society in the United States. MHS strives to serve the entire state through its education and outreach programs and through the Maine Memory Network digital museum. MHS is comprised of the Wadsworth–Longfellow House and Longfellow Garden, the Maine Historical Society Museum and Store, the MHS Research Library, and Maine Memory Network.

For more information:

Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101

Maine Historical Society preserves and shares Maine's story to enrich life in contemporary Maine.