Join us for Votes for Women : A Collaborative Encounters Series

Join the Maine State Archives, The Maine State Library, and the Maine State Museum for a Collaborative Encounters event. Several events, most to be held at the Maine State Library, mark the anniversary of women's right to vote and the museum's exhibition Women's Long Road - 100 Years to the Vote. All events are free and open to the public.

LECTURE: Thursday, September 26 at 5:30 p.m. Women's Long Road Maine State Museum Exhibition Co-curators Candace Kanes and Sheila McDonald provide an illustrated talk to look in depth at some of the stories and images presented in the Maine State Museum exhibition Women's Long Road 100 Years to the Vote.

  • LECTURE: Thursday, October 3, at 5:30 p.m. A Woman's Place is in the House and in the Senate: The Life and Legacy of Margaret Chase Smith Margaret Chase Smith Library Director David Richards provides insights on the trailblazing work of Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith.

  • FAMILY EVENT: Saturday, October 5 at 11:00 a.m. STAND UP & SPEAK UP: A Portland Stage PLAY Program. Actors teach K-5 children and their adults to use their bodies, voices, and imaginations to build understanding, encourage literacy, and bring stories to life. Honoring the fight for women's suffrage this series will explore how every person can make a difference in the world by standing up and speaking up for what they believe in, from small acts of kindness to big acts of activism.

  • LECTURE: Thursday, November 7 at 5:30 p.m. Rose Schneiderman Author Annie Valliere presents a lecture about her great-aunt, labor activist and suffragist Rose Schneiderman, one of the few non-native-born, working-class women traveling the country to speak about women's suffrage.

  • DRAMATIC READING: Thursday, November 14, at 5:30 p.m. Perseverance Portland Stage presents a special preview and reading of scenes from a new suffrage-themed play by Maine playwright Callie Kimball.

Each Collaborative Encounters event will begin with an opportunity to visit and view the museum's exhibition Women's Long Road 100 Years to the Vote. For Questions about Collaborative Encounters Programming, please contact 207.287.2301

The Maine State Museum is open Tuesday through Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is $3 for adults; $2 for senior adults over age 62 and children 6-18 years of age; children under 6 free. Maximum charge for families is $10. For more information please call 207-287-2301, or visit the Maine State Museum website: