First Friday Art Walk
Join us for the First Friday Art Walk and see the exhibit Dear Old Maine I'm Coming Back: Home & Hearth Reflected in the MHS Sheet Music Collection. On view in our museum is This Rebellion: Maine and the Civil War. The Art Walk promotes free, self-guided tours of museums and galleries in downtown Portland. MHS will serve refreshments, and the Museum Store will be open late.
This collection contains a recurrent theme of Maine and New England as a place to come home to, a place of nostalgia–no matter how far one roams. Maine, for many, embodies the idea of winter being a time to return to family roots, and the familiar scenes and traditions of youth.
Whichever holidays you celebrate, the winter season can generate complex emotions, happiness tinged with melancholy, hopefulness mingled with yearning. These themes are expressed in the lyrics you see here, perfect for this time of year when many come home for the holidays, if only in their mind. The eye-catching cover art reinforces this nostalgia.
Dear Old Maine I'm Coming Back: Home & Hearth Reflected in the MHS Sheet Music Collection is curated by Nancy Noble and is on view in the Shettleworth Lecture Hall.