April Reception Suite Conservation Update: Inpainting Begins!

Since December, we've been providing you newsletter updates of the project to conserve the spectacular ceiling and wall paintings in the Mansion's Reception Suite. While many other activities continue to go on-- particularly planning for the upcoming visitation season that commences May 1 (less than a month away!)-- the conservation work continues to amaze and [...]

Victoria Mansion Upcoming Annual Meeting

Victoria Mansion members are invited to join us at the Cumberland Club on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 for our Annual Meeting. The evening will commence at 5:00pm with refreshments and mingling, followed by a business meeting and the election of officers for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Following the meeting, we will be treated to a [...]

Alice Dwyer Ross Retires from Museum Shop

On behalf of Victoria Mansion staff, volunteers, and friends, we would like to express our deep thanks to Alice Dwyer Ross, who served as Museum Shop Manager and later Museum Shop Buyer for 13 years. Alice is responsible for spearheading a campaign to change the direction of Victoria Mansion's gift shop, turning it into an [...]

Architecture History Adventure Day Camp

On Tuesday, April 18, from 1:00-4:00pm Victoria Mansion and Maine Historical Society will be leading a History Adventure for students grades 7-12. This program is an afternoon-long exploration of some of Portland's most well-known buildings as well as some that are rarely given a second glance but have a lot to say.   Participants will [...]

Volunteer with Victoria Mansion!

It's the time of year when we start preparing to open our doors on May 1st. That means we're looking for new faces to join the ranks of Victoria Mansion docents! If you love the Mansion and wish you could spend more time here, this is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the house, [...]

A Victorian Sampling: Historical Food Tasting at the Maine Irish Heritage Center

On Tuesday, March 14, Victoria Mansion and the Maine Irish Heritage Center will present A Victorian Sampling, a special 19th century tasting event for members only. Small bites of breads, appetizers, soups, and desserts, along with beverages, will be accompanied by a brief history of each dish and insight into why our ancestors ate the way they did. [...]

February Reception Suite Conservation Update

Conservators continue to clean the painted walls and ceiling of the Reception Suite, with its elaborate combinations of flat and molded plaster, canvas paintings and woodwork.   The paint is water-based, so no aqueous substances can be used in cleaning. As the conservators proceed with the careful dry cleaning process, using only vinyl erasers and [...]

Become a Portland History Docent!

If you've ever considered being a volunteer at Victoria Mansion, now is a great time t o s ign up for Portland History Docents. This ten week program gives participants insight into Portland's fascinating history and the opportunity to tour some of the landmarks that make this cit y such a wonderful place to live [...]

Christmas Gala 2016 Recap

This year's annual Christmas Gala, held on November 30, offered a combination of cherished traditions  with a few new features to delight the over 225 guests that attendend. Along with previewing the recently started conservation work in the Reception Room, guests enjoyed food generously donated by the Cumberland Club, signature cocktails, and a raffle for a [...]