Join James Swinden, president of the Irvine Museum, for a gallery talk and exploration of the new exhibit Arthur Beaumont: Art of the Sea. Free with admission
OPEN DAILY 9:30 to 5
Historian Seth Goldstein will discuss Maine’s complex relationship with Atlantic World African enslavement. Through a deep dive into what was known as “The West Indies Trade,” Seth will explain how various commodities like lumber and salt cod, produced in Maine, were shipped to the slave plantations of the Caribbean. In return Mainers consumed large quantities of sugar, molasses, rum, and exotic fruits produced by enslaved Africans. Portland, Maine’s largest port and fish export center, was the nexus of this exchange. This event is FREE, but preregistration is required.
Join Chris Timm, interim executive director, for an exploration of the art of James Stilphen, art director and technical illustrator at Bath Iron Works, whose work created a rich world populated by Maine's maritime past, present, and future. This event is FREE, but preregistration is required.
Join Barbara Desmarais as she introduces her wealth of experience in field and archival research gained from documenting the prominent Black families of the Plains Community and Brunswick, Maine. This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to the techniques and common mistakes in conducting genealogical research.
Associate Professor of Africana Studies and English, Tess Chakkalakal, will discuss her collaboration with the Maine Maritime Museum in teaching the Introduction to Africana Studies in which students, for the first time in the history of the course, curated an exhibit at the Museum on the subject of ships and slavery. Professor Chakkalakal will provide insight on class conversations connecting African American literature, multiplicity of perspectives, and the challenges of exhibiting these narratives in a gallery. This event is FREE, but preregistration is required.
A native of Portland and at least the eighth generation of his family to be born in Cumberland County, Bob Greene is a retired journalist and genealogist who has researched the Black history of his native state for years. He helped with the seminal work, “Maine’s Visible Black History, The First Chronicle of its People,” which was co-authored by H.H. Price and Gerald E. Talbot. Greene will expand our understanding of Maine’s maritime heritage to include Black contributions and histories that were always present but often overlooked. This event is FREE, but preregistration is required.