Winter Lecture Series

Our lecture series is open to the public and free. Donations of any amount are gladly accepted at the door.

Post Mortem Mourning Practices in 18th and 19th Century New England

January 31, 2015

1:30 pm
Maine Historical Society (MHS)
489 Congress Street
Portland, Maine

"Post Mortem Mourning Practices in 18th and 19th Century New England" will be presented by Libby Bischof, Associate Professor of History at the University of Southern Maine. She will explore by-gone cultural practices demonstrating grief at the passing of a loved one that included for women, a year of wearing only black clothing, or for men wearing a black arm band.

Just for this lecture, our cosponsor, Maine Historical Society, will exhibit their excellent collection of mourning artifacts, including mourning jewelry made from the hair of the deceased.

Disease, Disasters, and More—Causes of Death in Early New England

February 28, 2015

1:30 PM
Wishcamper Center
Bedford Street
USM Portland Campus

A surprising number of gravestones in Portland's historic Eastern Cemetery reveal an advanced age at death, yet many early settlers died too young.  Richard Kahn M.D, a practicing physician living in Tenant's Harbor, medical historian, lecturer and author will help us understand the state of healing arts and many of the illnesses and hazards that ravaged the 17th and 18th century settlements in what is now Maine. 

Eastern Cemetery and the Revitalization of the India Street Neighborhood

March 28, 2015

1:30 PM
Wishcamper Center
Bedford Street
USM Portland Campus

A panel will discuss whether Eastern Cemetery is important in the development and revitalization of the surrounding India Street Neighborhood. Panelists include:

Winter Lecture Series 2014