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 [...]

Christmas Gala 2016 Recap 2017-04-10T11:50:45+00:00

2nd Annual Docent Art Show

Friday, December 2, Victoria Mansion hosted its second annual volunteer and staff art show in conjunction with Portland's monthly First Friday Art Walk. The gallery exhibit in the second floor of the Carriage House featured a variety of work by seven of our docents. Oil paintings, water colors, photography, mixed media, and textiles were all displayed to [...]

2nd Annual Docent Art Show 2017-04-10T11:43:44+00:00

Curator to Lecture in New York City

Curator Arlene Palmer Schwind will present a lecture to the Victorian Society New York  on Thursday, December 15, which will be held at the English Speaking Union.  Titled "Giuseppe Guidicini: New York Opera Houses and Theatres," her talk will explore the role of the Mansion's artist in creating the Italian style that came to dominate [...]

Curator to Lecture in New York City 2017-04-10T11:43:19+00:00

Gearing up for a Currier & Ives Christmas at Victoria Mansion!

Designers have been hard at work decking the halls for our 33rd annual Christmas season, with this year's theme of A Currier & Ives Christmas at Victoria Mansion, opening on November 25th. We welcome back Dan Hatt (decorating the Mansion's Stair Hall), Gail Diamon from Dodge the Florist (Dining Room), Dan Kennedy of Harmon's & Barton's [...]

Gearing up for a Currier & Ives Christmas at Victoria Mansion! 2017-04-11T14:18:53+00:00

Director of Education & Visitor Services Lucinda Hannington to Speak at Portland Ballet’s Victorian Nutcracker

This year, as part of Victoria Mansion's expanded partnership with Portland Ballet, Director of Education & Visitor Services Lucinda Hannington will be speaking to audiences at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center and Merrill Auditorium prior to productions of the Victorian Nutcracker on December 17, 18, and 23. The mini-lecture will provide contextual information about the [...]

Director of Education & Visitor Services Lucinda Hannington to Speak at Portland Ballet’s Victorian Nutcracker 2017-04-11T14:13:37+00:00

2016: Our Biggest Visitation Year So Far By a Landslide!

As we gear up for our 33rd Christmas season, we reflect on the incredible growth in admissions and development in 2016 thus far. We have already seen a total of 27,346 people this year from May 1 to October 31, an increase of about 22% or 6,500 people as of the end of the regular [...]

2016: Our Biggest Visitation Year So Far By a Landslide! 2017-04-11T14:05:27+00:00

Reception Suite Conservation Begins!

Work is already underway on our most ambitious interior conservation effort yet undertaken in the Mansion. With every inch of the walls and ceilings elaborately decorated, the Reception Suite is arguably the most impressive space in the house. In preparation for the paint conservation project,  we have taken away all the furnishings and placed the portraits [...]

Reception Suite Conservation Begins! 2017-04-11T13:56:19+00:00

Christmas Merchandise Sneak Peek: The Early Bird Gets the Gift!

Museum Shop Manager Patti Chase has been giving visitors a sneak peek and early opportunity to purchase some of the lovely ornaments, decorations, and gifts curated by our buyer Alice Dwyer Ross for this holiday season. Stopping by the Carriage House Museum Shop has become a tradition for many, and we can't wait to show [...]

Christmas Merchandise Sneak Peek: The Early Bird Gets the Gift! 2017-04-11T14:57:01+00:00

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Grant

In September, the Mansion was awarded a prestigious IMLS grant for the Museums of America program. The grant will partially fund the restoration of  the original painted finishes of the walls and ceilings of the Reception Room, part of the only extant architectural commission by artist Giuseppe Guidicini. The project will also encompass photographic documentation and paint sampling [...]

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Grant 2017-04-11T14:30:38+00:00

A Visit from Ellen Libby Lawrence

Ellen Libby Lawrence, the sole surviving grandchild of J.R. Libby, visited the Mansion in late August with her son Franklin, a former Mansion trustee. A generous supporter of Victoria Mansion for decades, Ellen has donated original Morse and Libby objects and provided information about the Libby family that is critical to our interpretation of the [...]

A Visit from Ellen Libby Lawrence 2017-04-11T15:04:30+00:00