2016 Events

The Best of York Exhibit

Treasures from the Old York Historical Society Collection

The Best of York Exhibit brings to Old York’s Remick Gallery the finest 18th century and maritime objects in the permanent collection. Many of these objects previously have been in storage, or were part of period room settings in historic buildings. Together, they tell the story of one of New England’s oldest communities, development from a frontier outpost in the 17th century, to a community of sophisticated tastes and world views. Recent research has revealed hidden gems, including:

  • A document box from the 1500s that descended in the Sewall family of Coventry, England.
  • Chairs made by generations of the Donnell family who arrived in York in the 1630s.
  • Never-before-seen ca. 1715 portraits of Pemaquid proprietor Habijah Savage and his wife Hannah.
  • Queen Anne style furniture made by the John Bradbury cabinetmaking shop starting in the 1730s.
  • An exquisitely detailed, ca. 1853 painting of the ship Empress of the Seas by James E. Buttersworth.

Over seventy artifacts complete the exhibit, most made or used between 1690 and 1850 in Southern Maine and the Piscataqua Region of New Hampshire. These regionally-made objects are of such high quality, that examples similar to those in Old York’s collection may be seen in museums ranging from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; Winterthur Museum, Wilmington, Delaware; and the Bayou Bend/Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas. A visit to Old York brings Colonial American high culture to Northern New England’s backyard.

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Special Exhibit

Titanic Survivor Helen Churchill Candee

A Woman to Remember: TITANIC Survivor Helen Churchill Candee

Emerson-Wilcox House Museum, 187 York Street, York, Maine                       Exhibit Open Thursday-Saturday, 10:00 am-4:00 pm; Sunday 1:00 pm-4:00 pm through October 2.

Best remembered as first class survivor of the infamous luxury liner, RMS Titanic, York summer resident Helen Churchill Candee already had led an extraordinary life before that fateful morning of April 15, 1912, when she jumped into Lifeboat #6 alongside the "Unsinkable" Molly Brown.  During her lifetime, Helen was recognized as a women's rights advocate, groundbreaking author, interior designer, tapestry connoisseuse, and world traveler.  In spite of her well-established career as a writer, Helen published only one piece about the Titanic tragedy, her personal copy of which is on exhibit.

The Bulman Bed Hangings

The Bulman Bed Hangings at Museums of Old York, Maine

The Bulman Bed hangings are the crown jewel of our collection, and are widely considered a national treasure. The Museum has recently received a grant from the Coby Foundation to have the bed hangings professionally stabilized and conserved in preparation for installation in the Remick Gallery.

We will be telling the fascinating history of the bed hangings through a series of posts on our blog, introducing readers to the talented team of experts involved in the project, as well as documenting the conservation and reinstallation process, and sharing new findings. Please join us on this incredible journey by reading our first post and signing up to follow the blog.

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April 3: Fireside New England Seafood Dinner with award winning chef Jeremy Sewall

April 1: Architectural Conservator Steven Mallory presented architectural forensics and the process of discovering the secrets of old buildings.

March 4: "History... with a Side of Soup" featuring J Dennis Robinson, author of Mystery on the Isles of Shoals

February 27: "Beer Tasting" with SoMe Brewing

February 11: "History... with a Side of Soup" Appreciating Cape Neddick

February 6: "Tavern Dinner" with Chef Ares of York River Landing

January 23: "Curator's Pot Luck"

January 16: "Tavern Dinner" with Chef Justin Walker of Earth at Hidden Pond

January 6: "History... with a Side of Soup" with Emerson Tad Baker, author of A Storm of Withchcraft: The Salem Trials and the Americal Experience

September 30: The History of Mt. Agamenticus with Ron Nowell

October 1-17: Piercing the Pickle: A Show of Contemporary Condiment Utensils

October 17: Emma Lewis Coleman:  Maine An Exhibition of Photographs

October 23: Are you smarter than a 5th grader?

November 6: Taven Dinner

November 18: History of Mount Agamenticus with Ron Nowell

February 3, 2016: Tammi Truax – The Life of Ona Judge Staines

February 5, 2016: Tavern Dinner with Chef Evan Mallett of Black Trumpet Bistro

February 12, 2016: Curator's Pot Luck

February 17, 2016: "History... with a Side of Soup" Kate McCarty – Distilled in Maine: A History of Libations, Temperance, and Craft Spirits

February 27, 2016: “A Spirited Tasting” – sampling the products of the Wiggly Bridge Distillery