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
July 2, 2014

Let's Talk Graphic

Site: Portland Public Library

Time: 5:15 pm

Series: Coming of Age Graphic Novels

This Session: Persepolis

Contact: nicole@mainehumanities.org

Let's Talk Graphic is a free, library-based reading and discussion program for high school students. It is moderated by professional teachers and artists.

July 8, 2014

New Books, New Readers

Site: Biddeford Adult Education

Series: Friendship

This Session: Friends in Families

  • A Chair For My Mother, by Vera B. Williams
  • Now One Foot, Now the Other by Tomie de Paola
  • Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary

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.

July 10, 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!

July 10, 2014

Grant Funded Program

Concert: Don & Cindy Roy - Wicked Good Fiddling

Portland Public Library hosts a fiddle concert with Don & Cindy Roy in the Rines Auditorium. This concert is in conjunction with the ongoing exhibit “Wicked Good Fiddling: 200 Years of Fiddlers, Fiddling and Fiddle Makers in Maine” in the Lewis Gallery through August 15th.
Don and Cindy Roy have long entertained audiences in Southern Maine. Bau Graves of the Old Town School of Folk Music describes the duo as “precisely controlled and wildly danceable”. Don is a champion fiddler with depth in many styles of fiddling. Hailing from roots deep in the Maritimes and Quebec, the Roy’s musical passion lies with the French Canadian tradition followed closely by Celtic music.

Location and time: 1:00-2:00 pm, Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library
July 11, 2014

Let's Talk About It

Site: The Center for Moosehead History, Greenville

Time: 6:30 pm

Series: Invisible New England

This Session: Like Lesser Gods

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!

July 11-12, 2014

Grant Funded Program

The British Are Coming! Border Historical Society

The British are Coming! The British are Coming! will be the cry heard July 12th on Moose Island, as Eastport, Maine was known in 1814. Redcoats will march, and bagpipes will wail as a special day has been planned to commemorate the bicentennial of the capture of Moose Island's Fort Sullivan by the British in July of 1814. The island would remain in British control until a treaty established the fate of the islands in Passamaquoddy Bay. Four years later the British departed the renamed "Fort Sherbrooke" and it again became Fort Sullivan. A full schedule of free public events has been planned by the Border Historical Society, with help from friends on both sides of the border.

Location and time: July 11-12, Moose Island, Eastport
Contact: Jeanne Peacock, 207-853-6122, jpeacock@trufresh.com
July 12-13, 2014

Grant Funded Program

A Silent Movie Festival at Willowbrook

19th Century Willowbrook Village presents a silent movie festival. Piano Accompaniment for Sessions 1, 2, & 4 performed by Peter Stickney Price of museum admission; spend the day: Visit the Museum, Ride the 1894 Horse Carousel, have lunch at our Sandwich Shop, Ice Cream at our Ice Cream Parlor, and Shop at our Country Gift Shop.

Location and time: July 12-12, The Ball Room, Amos Country Store, 19th Century Willowbrook Village, Newfield
Contact: (207) 793-2784, email director@willowbrookmuseum.org
July 16, 2014

Let's Talk Graphic

Site: Portland Public Library

Time: 5:15 pm

Series: Coming of Age Graphic Novels

This Session: Refresh Refresh

Contact: nicole@mainehumanities.org

Let's Talk Graphic is a free, library-based reading and discussion program for high school students. It is moderated by professional teachers and artists.

July 17, 2014

Let's Talk About It

Site: West Paris Public Library

Time: 6:30 pm

Series: Exploring Human Boundaries

This Session: The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly

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!

July 21, 2014

Let's Talk About It

Site: Maine State Library

Time: 1:00-3:00 pm

Series: Invisible New England: The Real 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!

July 22, 2014

New Books, New Readers

Site: Biddeford Adult Education

Series: Friendship

This Session: Friends with Peers

  • Frog and Toad Are Friends , by Arnold Lobel
  • The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

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.

July 24, 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!

July 25, 2014

Let's Talk About It

Site: The Center for Moosehead History, Greenville

Time: 6:30 pm

Series: Invisible New England

This Session: The Family

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!