Maine Humanities Council

Calendar of Events

Council-Sponsored Events in Maine

Experience the humanities in Maine! Attend a lecture series, see an exhibit or join a discussion group. The events listed here are either presented by the Council or by organizations that have been awarded Council grants. Please note that times and venues are subject to change. Please contact the sponsoring organization to confirm event details.

June 6 - August 16, 2014

Grant Funded Program

Wicked Good Fiddling: 200 Years of Fiddling, Fiddlers, and Fiddle Making in Maine

Maine has a rich heritage of fiddling that encompasses Yankee, Franco-American, and, to a lesser extent, Irish-American cultures. The exhibit will explore and celebrate this heritage by bringing together a wide range of materials—photographs, printed and manuscript tunebooks, sound recordings, concert flyers, and dance cards—that document the Pine Tree State’s vibrant fiddling traditions. Maine has also been home to a surprising number of fiddle makers; researchers have identified close to 200 professional and amateur craftspeople in Maine who have made violins. Examples of the work of several of these are included in the exhibit.

Location: Portland Public Library, Lewis Gallery
August 5, 2014

New Books, New Readers

Site: Biddeford Adult Education

Series: Friendship

This Session: Unexpected Friends

  • Not Norman: A Goldfish Story, by Kelly Bennett
  • The Mushroom Man by Ethel Pochocki
  • Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

Contact: Julia Walkling, 207-773-5051 walkling@mainehumanities.org

New Books, New Readers is a humanities-based book discussion for adults who are new readers or who are working to improve their reading. NBNR is supported in 2013-2014 by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the generous sponsors of MHC's Winter Weekend, Helen & George Ladd Charitable Corporation, Davis Family Foundation, Robbins de-Beaumont Foundation, Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust, and People's United Community Foundation.

August 7, 2014

Let's Talk About It

Site: West Paris Public Library, West Paris

Time: 6:30 pm

Series: Exploring Human Boundaries

This Session: The Yellow Wallpaper

Contact: nicole@mainehumanities.org

Let's Talk About It is a free, library-based reading and discussion program for people who want to talk with others about what they have read, presented in collaboration with the Maine State Library!

August 7, 2014

Let's Talk About It

Site: Isaac Umberhine Library, Richmond

Time: 6:00 pm

Series: Making Sense of the Civil War

This Session: America’s War

Contact: nicole@mainehumanities.org

Let's Talk About It is a free, library-based reading and discussion program for people who want to talk with others about what they have read, presented in collaboration with the Maine State Library!

August 15, 2014

What it Means to be a Mainer

Maine at Work: Augusta

Within a meticulously researched performance, Maine at Work takes historical documents and characters, humor, little known facts, thought-provoking tales (tall and otherwise), and perspectives from real Mainers to show the pattern of work in Maine. It's designed to be fun and to get Mainers thinking about the issues. Join us at a reception and the premiere performance and discussion, which will open a statewide series.

Location and Time: Maine State Library, Augusta, 6:00 pm
Contact: nicole@mainehumanities.org
August 15, 2014

Let's Talk About It

Site: The Center for Moosehead History, Greenville

Time: 6:30 pm

Series: Invisible New England

This Session: All Souls

Contact: nicole@mainehumanities.org

Let's Talk About It is a free, library-based reading and discussion program for people who want to talk with others about what they have read, presented in collaboration with the Maine State Library!

August 22 - 24, 2014

Grant Funded Program

Maine Youth Traditions - Cultural Exhibit and Lectures at the American Folk Festival

Maine Youth Traditions is an interactive lecture series hosted at the 2014 American Folk Festival. This series of lectures, demonstrations and interactive activities will provide the public with educational access to the rich cultural heritage of Maine, as expressed through childhood experience.

Location: Bangor Waterfront
August 26, 2014

World in Your Library

Site: Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library, Lovell

Time: 7:00 pm

This Session: Eric Hooglund - Civil War in Syria: Domestic, regional and international repercussions

Contact: nicole@mainehumanities.org

World in Your Library is a free, library-based foreign policy speakers series that provides communities with the opportunity to explore current issues with experts.

August 29, 2014

Let's Talk About It

Site: The Center for Moosehead History, Greenville

Time: 6:30 pm

Series: Invisible New England

This Session: The Wooden Nickel

Contact: nicole@mainehumanities.org

Let's Talk About It is a free, library-based reading and discussion program for people who want to talk with others about what they have read, presented in collaboration with the Maine State Library!