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 of the 19th Century

January 31, 2015

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

Meet at 1:30pm to get a special viewing of mourning jewelry collected by MHS!
In addition to wearing only black apparel for up to a year, mourners in early New England abided by fashions and customs that demonstrated intense grief.  Professor Libby Bischof, Chair of the History and Political Science Department at USM and board member of Spirits Alive, will lead us on an exploration of these practices.  A 19th-century American cultural historian, Bischof specializes in the history of photography, particularly in Maine.  

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