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Jul
20
Sat
Mount Hope Cemetery Walking Tour @ Mount Hope Cemetery
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Mount Hope Cemetery Walking Tour @ Mount Hope Cemetery | Bangor | Maine | United States

Learn little known facts about some of Bangor’s famous—and infamous– residents during our 90-minute guided tour. Hear about the importance of symbolism in the gravestones and get a chance to take in some of the city’s beautiful vistas.

Built in 1834, Bangor’s 300 acre Mount Hope Cemetery is the nation’s second oldest garden cemetery. It was designed by renowned architect Charles G. Bryant as part of a national movement to provide respite from grassless urban landscapes. Garden cemeteries were created as much for living as for those who had passed on.

This tour meets at the Superintendent’s House at Mt. Hope Cemetery, 1048 State Street, Bangor.

 

 

Jul
23
Tue
Mount Hope Cemetery Walking Tour @ Mount Hope Cemetery
Jul 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Mount Hope Cemetery Walking Tour @ Mount Hope Cemetery | Bangor | Maine | United States

Learn little known facts about some of Bangor’s famous—and infamous– residents during our 90-minute guided tour. Hear about the importance of symbolism in the gravestones and get a chance to take in some of the city’s beautiful vistas.

Built in 1834, Bangor’s 300 acre Mount Hope Cemetery is the nation’s second oldest garden cemetery. It was designed by renowned architect Charles G. Bryant as part of a national movement to provide respite from grassless urban landscapes. Garden cemeteries were created as much for living as for those who had passed on.

This tour meets at the Superintendent’s House at Mt. Hope Cemetery, 1048 State Street, Bangor.

 

 

Jul
25
Thu
July Member Reception/ Wine Night @ Bangor Historical Society
Jul 25 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Join us for our July membership reception as we offer a “Toast to History” at the Thomas A Hill House, located at 159 Union Street. The event is rain-or-shine, but weather permitting, we will host on our lawn on Thursday, July 25th from 4:30pm-6:30pm.

It’s not quite Christmas in July, but we will be announcing this year’s “Holidays at the Hill House” theme at the event.

This is a BHS Member Event–become a member today at bangorhistoricalsociety.org/individual-membership

New memberships and renewals can be taken at the door.  Memberships start as low as $25.

For more information please call 207-942-1900.

Jul
27
Sat
Great Fire of 1911 Walking Tour @ Bangor Historical Society
Jul 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Great Fire of 1911 Walking Tour @ Bangor Historical Society | Bangor | Maine | United States

In April, 1911 a spark in a riverside hay shed ignited a fire that devastated much of Bangor’s downtown and threatened many of her neighborhoods. Join us as we follow the flames’ path and learn which structures survived and how Bangor and her people recovered from the devastation.

This tour meets at the Bangor Historical Society/Thomas A. Hill House, 159 Union Street, Bangor.

Aug
3
Sat
Mount Hope Cemetery Walking Tour @ Mount Hope Cemetery
Aug 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Mount Hope Cemetery Walking Tour @ Mount Hope Cemetery | Bangor | Maine | United States

Learn little known facts about some of Bangor’s famous—and infamous– residents during our 90-minute guided tour. Hear about the importance of symbolism in the gravestones and get a chance to take in some of the city’s beautiful vistas.

Built in 1834, Bangor’s 300 acre Mount Hope Cemetery is the nation’s second oldest garden cemetery. It was designed by renowned architect Charles G. Bryant as part of a national movement to provide respite from grassless urban landscapes. Garden cemeteries were created as much for living as for those who had passed on.

This tour meets at the Superintendent’s House at Mt. Hope Cemetery, 1048 State Street, Bangor.

 

 

Aug
6
Tue
BHS Brown Bag Lunch – Fannie & Lawrence Chamberlain: The Lighter Side @ Isaac Farrar Mansion
Aug 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
BHS Brown Bag Lunch - Fannie & Lawrence Chamberlain: The Lighter Side @ Isaac Farrar Mansion | Bangor | Maine | United States

Join us for our next Brown Bag lunch where Steven Garrett will be presenting the Chamberlain’s less discussed side of their life with examples from JLC’s early life and especially Fannie & Lawrence’s communication during their courtship and marriage. What sort of sense of humor did Lawrence have?

Steven is a life long history buff with a special interest in the civil war period. He is the President of the Joshua L. Chamberlain Civil War Roundtable in Brunswick and a Docent at the Chamberlain House museum and the Skolfield-Whittier House for the Pejepscot Historical Society. He has given a number of talks on Chamberlain and look forward to introducing you to the part of his personality his biographers rarely mention.

Aug
10
Sat
Soldiers at Rest Walking Tour @ Mount Hope Cemetery
Aug 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Soldiers at Rest walks the grounds of Bangor’s Mount Hope Cemetery is focused on the stories of some of the hundreds of Maine men, many from the Bangor Region, who fought in America’s Civil War.

Thousands of Maine men left the Pine Tree State between 1861-1865 when they enlisted in the Civil War. This tour tells their stories and includes the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery that mustered in Bangor in 1862 as the 18th Maine Volunteers and was renamed in 1863. 604 men from the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery died in a single battle, the Siege of Petersburg, in June, 1864. It was the largest single day loss of any regiment throughout the course of the war.

This tour meets near the Superintendent’s Office at Mount Hope Cemetery.

 

 

Aug
15
Thu
August Member Reception/ Wine Night @ Bangor Historical Society
Aug 15 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

 

Join us for our August membership reception as we offer a “Toast to History” at the Thomas A Hill House, located at 159 Union Street. The event is rain-or-shine, but weather permitting, we will host on our lawn on Thursday, August 15th from 4:30pm-6:30pm.

This is a BHS Member Event–become a member today at bangorhistoricalsociety.org/individual-membership

New memberships and renewals can be taken at the door.  Memberships start as low as $25.

For more information please call 207-942-1900.

Devil’s Half Acre Walking Tour @ Bangor Historical Society
Aug 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Even though Maine enacted a Prohibitory Law in 1851, Bangor didn’t comply. In the area known as the “Devil’s Half Acre” saloons & brothels reigned and vice & violence thrived.

Led by the city’s most notorious Madam, Fan Jones, this tour shines a light on Bangor’s wicked side and tells the tales of the people who are just as much a part of the city’s history as those who lived in the majestic homes on Broadway.

This tour meets at the Bangor Historical Society/Thomas A. Hill House, 159 Union Street, Bangor.

 

 

Aug
17
Sat
Best of Bangor Walking Tour @ Bangor Historical Society
Aug 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Bangor is a city rich in history, mystery and powerful events. Perched on the edge of the Maine North Woods and a one-time important harbor, Bangor’s history is filled with tales of lumber barons who struck it rich from her natural resources as well as shipping magnates and manufacturing pioneers. The Best of Bangor tells the stories of our first settlers, the greatest disaster in U.S. Naval History (until Pearl Harbor), the British Occupation during the War of 1812, the Great Fire of 1911 and so much more.

This tour meets at the Bangor Historical Society/Thomas A. Hill House, 159 Union Street, Bangor.

This tour will include an ASL interpreter for the Deaf.