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June 2023

Exhibit and Discussion with Barry Dana

June 8, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Margaret Chase Smith Library

Former Wabanaki Chief, Barry Dana, will share his process in creating a beautiful new mural commissioned by the Skowhegan History House depicting life along the Kennebec prior to European contact. This will be an open ended conversation about history and culture along the Kennebec. This in-person event takes place at the Margaret Chase Smith Library, located at 56 Norridgewock Avenue, Skowhegan.

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Mali Obomsawin Presents on the Land Back Movement

June 15, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Mali Obomsawin, an Indigenous musician, scholar, and community organizer from Abenaki First Nation at Opanak, will present a lecture on the Land Back movement and Kennebec Region history. The lecture takes place at Tewksbury Hall (behind the Federated Church on Island Avenue, Skowhegan) or by Zoom.  Register for Zoom  here:  https://bit.ly/45Azt2m or visit https://skowheganhistoryhouse.org/speaker-series/

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History Walk North Cemetery

June 29, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Visiting With Some Useful Citizens at the North Cemetery History Walk led by Historian Melvin Burnham Thursday, June 29, 2023 at 10:00am New England’s graveyards have changed over time. Those most familiar to us today were based on styles carried to the continent by our early European ancestors.  Skowhegan’s North Cemetery, like most burial grounds, serves as an outdoor museum full of history, art, religious representations all telling stories of lives well-lived, times of disease, war, and trying conditions within…

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July 2023

Coburn Hall: The Rise and Fall of a Commodious Hall

July 20, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Community Regional Charter School, 25 Commercial Street
Skowhegan, ME United States
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The Rise and Fall of a Commodious Hall: A Historical Presentation in Celebration of Skowhegan’s Bicentennial Presented by Melvin Burnham, local historian Attend in person or via Zoom. To register for the Zoom link, click here With features so elegant and a commanding presence in the business district, Coburn Hall quickly became the pride of the community when it opened in the triangle between Water and then Russell Streets in 1867. Famous orators including Frederick Douglas, James G. Blaine, Joshua…

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August 2023

Skowhegan Falls History Walk

August 24, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Arnold Park, Island Avenue
Skowhegan, ME United States
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In celebration of Skowhegan’s Bicentennial Melvin Burnham, local historian, will lead a history walk at Skowhegan Falls Thursday, August 24th 10:00 am, beginning at the Benedict Arnold Park behind the Federated Church, Island Avenue, Skowhegan. This history walk offers participants in-depth information with vintage images that illustrate what role Skowhegan Island and Skowhegan Falls played in the development of industry and culture on the Kennebec River during the 19th century. Participants will learn what it was like to live and…

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September 2023

Meet and Greet with Larry and Debbie Onie

September 27, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Please join us at a scheduled Meet and Greet event with Larry and Debbie Onie, well known collectors of Wabanaki Fancy Baskets - some of which are on display in the Lee Granville Gallery. This event will be held at History House on Wednesday, September 27th, 4pm to 6pm.

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October 2023

Skowhegan Opera House: Building Tour and Historical Presentation

October 26, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Skowhegan Municipal Building

In Celebration of Skowhegan’s Bicentennial A Handsome Structure- An Era in the Cultural History of Skowhegan The Skowhegan Opera House Committee will host a free public reception and building tour on Thursday, October 26th beginning at 5:30 pm followed by a historical presentation by local historian, Melvin Burnham, at 6:30 pm in the council room. Mr. Burnham has researched the history of the Skowhegan Municipal Building and Opera House through original documents and vintage photos from the collections of the…

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November 2023

Tribal Sovereignty in the Dawnland: Discussion with Darren Ranco and Ambassador Maulian Bryant

November 21, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Margaret Chase Smith Library

The Wabanaki Voices Speaker Series continues with Darren Ranco and Maulian Bryant, the Tribal Ambassador for the Penobscots, leading a discussion on sovereignty issues at the Margaret Chase Smith Library at 7pm on November 21st. A virtual option is available. To attend via Zoom, register here Ranco, a Penobscot Tribal member, is an associate professor of anthropology and coordinator of Native American research at the University of Maine at Orono. Ambassador Maulian Dana was appointed by Penobscot Nation Chief Kirk…

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April 2024

Lydia Maria Child: A Radical American Life

April 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Margaret Chase Smith Library

Lydia Moland, Colby College professor, will present a program on Lydia Maria Child on Tuesday, April 9th at 6 pm at Margaret Chase Smith Library. The program is in person and on Zoom.  To register for the Zoom link, click here. Dr. Lydia Moland will talk about her new book: Lydia Maria Child - A Radical American Life. A prominent abolitionist, Lydia Maria Child’s philosophical thinking and moral courage made her one of the most important voices among white Americans fighting…

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June 2024

Opening Reception

June 21 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Skowhegan History House

Opening Reception for a New Exhibition: Living Legacy: Remembering Louise Helen Coburn (1856-1949) Help us celebrate the new season. Come and see the new exhibition and the renovated museum annex. Free and open to the public.

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