"Preserving an increasingly valuable historic collection representing Skowhegan's legacy and promoting Skowhegan's cultural heritage"


Programs, Featured Exhibits, & Events


Skowhegan's Historic Home Registry Program

Skowhegan History House Museum & Research Center, Board of Trustees appreciates the importance and significance of historic homes within our community.  Accordingly, the Board of Trustees offers those residents who own a home at least 100 years old the opportunity to document the home's age, register it in the Historic Home Registry, and to display an approved house marker indicating the original homesteader, the year of construction, and the owner's affiliation with the Historic Home Registry- Skowhegan History House Museum & Research Center.




The Depot

Open Tuesday - Saturday

10:00 - 4:00


Skowhegan History House Museum & Research Center

2017 Programs and Events

(Consult skowheganhistoryhouse.org for updates to this listing.)

Honoring the 100th Anniversary of the US Involvement in WWI

May 9, Tuesday –

This presentation will recognize and honor some of those who served in WWI from the local area through the lens of a 1925 box office hit, The Big Parade, and by examining what the Great War looked like to those who kept the home fires burning here in Skowhegan.   Participants will first be encouraged to relate their experiences of attending movies in early Skowhegan which will be followed with the viewing of a portion of the silent film. A sampling of propaganda posters and several biographical sketches of area men and women who served in the war effort will be highlighted.  The audience will be encouraged to join in the discussion, hopefully the first of many through the season.

Presenter: Melvin Burnham, Director, Skowhegan History House Museum & Research Center

This program is free, open to the public, and refreshments will be offered.

7:00 PM  Margaret Chase Smith Library, 56 Norridgewock Avenue, Skowhegan

Open House for Volunteers

May 24, Wednesday -

Open House for those folks who would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities at the Skowhegan History House, as well as for our friends who will be continuing to volunteer this season.

3-4:00 PM  Skowhegan History House Museum & Research Center

May 30, Tuesday - Opening for the Season

Let’s Talk Local History

People with interesting stories or artifacts from the Skowhegan area are invited to a series of informal discussions about local history and lore. Participants may wish to bring stories, information, artifacts or heirlooms to share or just come and listen along. Our purpose is to add to our understanding of this area’s history as we talk about life in earlier times.

2-4:00 PM  Skowhegan History House Museum & Research Center on the following dates:

              June 8, Thursday                      July 6, Thursday

              August 24, Thursday                September 21, Thursday

Maine POW Camps

June 20, Tuesday -

Skowhegan History House Museum & Research Center and the Margaret Chase Smith Library present David Greenham of the Holocaust and Human Rights Center. Mr. Greenham will present a program about Maine’s prisoner of war camps. He will speak of this little known history in Maine’s past, including stories of surprising friendships and cooperation between former enemies. Refreshments will be offered.

Presenter: David Greenham, Holocaust and Human Rights Center, Director of Monmouth Theater

 7:00 PM  Margaret Chase Smith Library, 56 Norridgewock Avenue, Skowhegan

Guided Walking Tours of Historic Skowhegan

Bring walking shoes, hats, water, and folding chairs if you wish.  Umbrellas are advised in the event of rain. Suggested donation is $5.00 per participant. All tours start at 10:00 AM.

                   June 29, Thursday – North Cemetery - “Useful Citizens” – led by Melvin Burnham.           Meet at  the cemetery gate behind Walton Apartments on Madison Avenue.

                   July 7, Friday – Bloomfield Cemetery – “Early Bloomfield Settlers” – led by Kay Marsh and David James.  Meet at the cemetery entrance off Route 201, south on the left about 2 miles from the Skowhegan Bridges.

                   July 20, Thursday – Historic Skowhegan Falls/ Island – led by Melvin Burnham.  Meet at Arnold Park on Skowhegan Island at the rear of the Federated Church Parking Lot.

                   August 11, Friday – Southside Cemetery – “Southside Stone Stories” - led by Kay Marsh and David James.  Meet at the cemetery entrance on Main Street.

Up the Kennebec with the 1775 Arnold Expedition

July 19, Wednesday-

This interesting presentation will focus on the path and the experiences that the 1775 Arnold Expedition         forces faced as they moved up the Kennebec, through Skowhegan and on to Quebec.         

Presenter: Stephen Clark, past president of the Arnold Expedition Historical Society and currently serves as a director; author of “Following Their Footsteps” an historical guide to the 1775 Quebec Expedition along with several other books.

7:00 PM  Skowhegan History House Museum & Research Center

Museum after Hours, Remembering Locke’s Tavern

August 2, Wednesday -

Honored guests and friends will be offered an opportunity to tour the museum and exhibits with museum guides. Members of the Board of Trustees will be on hand to provide insight in the Museum & Research Center’s programs and its future direction.

Speaker: Melvin Burnham, Museum Director will lead a discussion pertaining to the historic Locke’s Tavern, a landmark destroyed by fire in February.  Discussion will center on the role that Locke’s Tavern played in our community’s history, and the many local stories and legends surrounding the 1811 tavern.  Refreshments will be offered.

5-7:00 PM  Skowhegan History House Museum & Research Center

A Gathering by The River’s Edge with the Bloomfield Garden Club

September 9, Saturday –

Enjoy the gorgeous view and gardens at the Skowhegan History House and the tasty treats provided by the Bloomfield Garden Club. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit with friends and make new acquaintances while examining the various collections and exhibits in the museum and on the Riverside Lawns. Frolic the autumn afternoon away beside the mighty Kennebec with the rhythmic tunes of Foxwell and Co.

Speaker: Noted Biologist Paul Johnson will speak on Maine wildflowers

1 – 3:00 PM  Skowhegan History House Museum & Research Center

 Ghost Stories at the History House

October 13, Friday -

On Friday the 13th join us at the Skowhegan History House for a night of creepy stories. We will be relating a variety of ghost stories centered in the Skowhegan area.  Bring your own tales to share!! Refreshments provided. Feel free to come in costume, maybe as your favorite Skowhegan ghost!

6 – 7:00 PM  Skowhegan History House Museum & Research Center

October 21, Saturday – Closing for the season

October 26, Thursday - Volunteer Recognition Luncheon   

Luncheon for volunteers and staff at 11:30 AM at the Heritage House Restaurant

December 1, Friday – Skowhegan Holiday Stroll Parade

              Trustees and friends will participate in the Holiday Parade at 7:00 PM