Maine Conservation Voters Event | Captain Frederick Drinkwater: A Maine Slave Ship Captain, with Dr. Kate McMahon on 2/3/23

Hosted by Maine Conservation Voters Friday, February 3, 2023 at 12:00 pm Register here Captain Frederick Drinkwater was born in Yarmouth, Maine, and rose from relative obscurity to become one of the most notorious slave ship captains of the 1850s and early 1860s. This talk will discuss Maine and the slave trade to Cuba in … Continue reading Maine Conservation Voters Event | Captain Frederick Drinkwater: A Maine Slave Ship Captain, with Dr. Kate McMahon on 2/3/23

Tonight! Atlantic Black Box presents: The Saga of James A. Butler told by his descendant, Charles Shaw, on 1/26/23

Charles Shaw shares the compelling story of James A. Butler, his maternal great, great grandfather who migrated as a young man from the Province of Nova Scotia to Boston in the mid-19th century in search of opportunity. A boat builder by trade and a likely descendant of the Black loyalist evacuation of New York in 1783, Butler arrived in the U.S. with youthful confidence and verve, only to encounter the dark side of the pursuit for the American dream.

Maine Historical Society Event | The Unwilling Architects Initiative: Interpreting Untold Stories in a Small Historic House Museum on 1/26/23

An in-person talk about who built Victoria Mansion Hosted by Maine Historical Society Thursday, January 26, 6:00 – 7:00 pmSNOW DATE: Thursday, February 2 at 6:00 pm Location: MHS Shettleworth Lecture Hall Register here Built between 1858-1860, Victoria Mansion is a National Historic Landmark in Portland, Maine, known widely for its architecture and stunning intact … Continue reading Maine Historical Society Event | The Unwilling Architects Initiative: Interpreting Untold Stories in a Small Historic House Museum on 1/26/23

Atlantic Black Box presents What Happened Here: The Saga of James A. Butler told by his descendant, Charles Shaw, on 1/26/23

Charles Shaw shares the compelling story of James A. Butler, his maternal great, great grandfather who migrated as a young man from the Province of Nova Scotia to Boston in the mid-19th century in search of opportunity. A boat builder by trade and a likely descendant of the Black loyalist evacuation of New York in 1783, Butler arrived in the U.S. with youthful confidence and verve, only to encounter the dark side of the pursuit for the American dream.

Opportunity | Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous, and Tribal Populations Seeks Executive Director

The Permanent Commission is an independent entity with a mission to work toward ending structural racism so all communities can thrive. For too long, Maine and the United States have allowed the institutions and policies that drive structural racism to continue. These structures hurt all of us, including rural Mainers, Black and African American people, … Continue reading Opportunity | Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous, and Tribal Populations Seeks Executive Director

Event | A Window on the Past – West Indies trade is subject of historical society lecture on 1/18/23

Hosted by the South Portland Historical Society With Seth Goldstein Wednesday, Jan. 18th, at 6:30 p.m.South Portland Community Center “Regardless of what was to be a Maine boy’s occupation or profession, an indispensable part of his upbringing was a voyage or two in the West India trade. In the days when the privateers of France … Continue reading Event | A Window on the Past – West Indies trade is subject of historical society lecture on 1/18/23

Event | Indian Law & History Lecture on 11/18/22

Hosted by University of Maine School of Law Friday, November 18, 2022 12:00 PM to 1:30 PMOnline Zoom Webinar Register here The 2nd Annual Indian Law & History Lecture will explore the Doctrine of Discovery, a millennia old legal principle, which forms the foundation for Western property law and was first espoused by the Pope … Continue reading Event | Indian Law & History Lecture on 11/18/22

Event | Overlooked Stories and Histories: African Americans in Maine on 11/10/22

This Great Falls Forum panel will share stories to advance our knowledge of African Americans in Maine. Along with building a more honest and inclusive narrative of the community’s racial-ethnic heritage, panelists offer creative ways to preserve and celebrate told and untold stories of work, community-building, and the region's multifaceted heritage.

Event | New Insights into Indigenous and Enslaved People in Colonial Portland on 11/16/22

Hosted by the Tate House Museum Zoom Lecture presented by:Holly K. Hurd, Executive Director Laura F. Sprague, Consulting CuratorWednesday, November 16 at 5:30 p.m.  Register here The lecture will highlight new research about colonial Portland & perspectives on Indigenous and Enslaved people that will expand the interpretation of historic Tate House. The lecture will be moderated by … Continue reading Event | New Insights into Indigenous and Enslaved People in Colonial Portland on 11/16/22

New Podcast: 99 Years, A Black exploration of the deliberate creation of the whitest state in the nation

99 Years podcast: Episode 1 This new podcast from Samuel James explores the Black history of Maine and the ties between national and local institutionalized racism. Samuel James is a journalist, storyteller and musician. Through his work as staff writer for Black Girl in Maine Media and his long-running column Racisms for Mainer Magazine Samuel … Continue reading New Podcast: 99 Years, A Black exploration of the deliberate creation of the whitest state in the nation

Event | Book Launch for Lydia Maria Child: A Radical American Life by Lydia Moland 10/27

Hosted by Longfellow Books Co-sponsored by Maine Historical Society and Mechanics' Hall Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 7:00pmAn in-person event at Mechanics' Hall519 Congress St 2nd FloorPortland, ME 04101 Register here Join Longfellow Books to celebrate the launch of LYDIA MARIA CHILD: A RADICAL AMERICAN LIFE by Lydia Moland. A compelling biography of Lydia Maria … Continue reading Event | Book Launch for Lydia Maria Child: A Radical American Life by Lydia Moland 10/27

Event | Confronting Our History: Reinterpreting the Skolfields & the Slave Economy

Zoom at Noon with Genevieve Vogel, Whitman College November 10th, 2022 Noon EST on Zoom Register here In the colonial era, Maine had a significant population of enslaved people and engaged heavily in the Atlantic slave trade. By Alfred Skolfield’s time (1815-1895), slavery had legally ended in Maine. However, Northern prosperity had become inseparable from … Continue reading Event | Confronting Our History: Reinterpreting the Skolfields & the Slave Economy

Event | Finding Pomp Russell, or how an Enslaved Black Infant from MA Became a NH Revolutionary War Soldier and citizen of Weld, Maine on 9/10

A Talk by Judy Granger Hosted by Hancock County Genealogical Society Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 10:00 AM ET Click here to join event This genealogical and historical research grew out of Judy Granger's discovery of an amazing document: the first American Anti-Slavery Almanac. Sharing this news prompted a friend's family story about Pomp Russell, … Continue reading Event | Finding Pomp Russell, or how an Enslaved Black Infant from MA Became a NH Revolutionary War Soldier and citizen of Weld, Maine on 9/10