489 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101
phone: 207-774-1822
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Research Library
Tue-Sat, 10-4pm
Closed Sun, Mon, Holidays & some holiday weekends. Call ahead.

Wadsworth-Longfellow House
May - October
Mon-Sat, 10-5pm
Sun, 12-5pm
(Open in April to school groups)

Mon-Sat, 10-5
Museum Type(s)

Educational Programs

Nailed to fences, glued to walls, or tacked onto street posts -- from the earliest history of Maine, printed posters have cluttered our environment and bombarded us with messages of all types. This exhibit will draw from the MHS collection of nearly 1,000 posters and broadsides from around 1700 to the 1940s. Included will be advertisements of patented inventions such as self-fastening fences; declarations of war; the tragic news of lost ships and murders; and more.

In this program, students will explore the way Maine people used this media to communicate news, political views, commercial opportunities, and moral values. Please allow one hour for program. (Can be paired with the Wadsworth-Longfellow House Tour or the Longfellow Trail for a two-hour program. $3 per student)