Conservation of the Interior: Parlor Conservation Project Reaches New Milestone

After a thorough dry-cleaning of the room's walls and ceiling, (as much of the painted decoration is water-based), the next phase of the major conservation project in the Mansion's Parlor looms near: the application of a protective barrier varnish on the original 1860's paint to protect and preserve it for decades to come. Once this [...]

2021-01-27T13:31:05-05:00March 5, 2020|Blog, Conservation & Restoration, News|

Sugar and Spice, and All That’s Nice: ‘Reproof’, by Edward Russell Thaxter

Nineteenth-century American artists looked to Europe as the omphalos of culture. The painters flocked to Paris, while the sculptors migrated to Florence and Rome, where they could obtain the marble, the mentors, and the ancient models they required to fashion their neo-classical compositions. These expatriate artists chose “’ideal’ subjects—themes from literature, mythology, [...]

2021-01-23T15:21:04-05:00March 5, 2020|Blog, Collections, News|

A Century of Change: School Tours in the Off-Season

While our doors may be closed to the public, we are opening the Mansion up to local schools who are taking part in our A Century of Change school curriculum.    Elementary schools from around Cumberland County have the opportunity to select from 8 lessons that look at the changes over time that created the world we now [...]

2020-03-05T10:04:49-05:00March 5, 2020|Blog, News|

Mansion Visitation Continues to Grow

As we close the books and crunch the numbers for another successful holiday season, we are delighted to report that visitation has been steadily on the rise. Though we saw a slight decrease in visitation in 2016 and 2017, the Mansion welcomed over 33,000 people by the end of December and we expect to see [...]

2020-01-22T13:56:29-05:00January 22, 2020|Blog, News|

Annual Holiday Gala Recap

This year's Gala was a great success, raising nearly $20,000 for the Mansion's preservation and educational initiatives.    Guests enjoyed fabulous food provided by the Cumberland Club, the musical stylings of Viva, signature cocktails, and and great company within the Mansion's decked out interiors.    Thank you to our generous patrons, event partners, and to all [...]

2020-01-13T10:48:54-05:00January 13, 2020|Blog, News|

A Very Special Visitor Returns to the Mansion

On August 20, the Mansion welcomed Marjorie Willits Albright, a college roomate of the late Libby descendant Ellen Libby Lawrence, who passed away at the age of 101 last October. Marjorie remembered eating in the Mansion's Dining Room and sleeping in one of the bedrooms upstairs when she was visiting Portland with Ellen on a [...]

2019-09-10T13:35:57-04:00September 10, 2019|Blog, News|