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 [...]

A Very Special Visitor Returns to the Mansion2019-09-10T13:35:57+00:00

A Windfall of New Collections Items on Long-Term Loan

On July 24, the Mansion welcomed Libby descendant Mary Marcell--and with her came some precious cargo indeed. Mary arrived with four wine glasses, four cordial glasses, two pot de crème, and a soup bowl, all original to the Morse table service. She also brought a needlepoint sampler, silver nut dish, silver hand mirror and powder [...]

A Windfall of New Collections Items on Long-Term Loan2019-08-31T14:34:25+00:00

Pudgy, Pouty Putti

By VM Guide Charisse Gendron In early 1998, Victoria Mansion started preparations for an exciting project: the reconstruction of its large stained-glass skylight, which had been shattered in a storm sixty years before. Surviving pieces were salvaged at the time, but only one clue remained to the overall composition: a roundel bearing a winged putto [...]

Pudgy, Pouty Putti2019-08-28T15:35:32+00:00

The Bourne Identity: What Was the Ottoman For, and Where Does It Belong?

by Victoria Mansion Guide Lisa Schinhofen   Victoria Mansion’s blue circular ottoman is hard to miss — due, in part, to its size and its prominent placement in the middle of a given room — and visitors often remark upon it.   Many recognize the ottoman as a type of public seating, having seen something [...]

The Bourne Identity: What Was the Ottoman For, and Where Does It Belong?2019-07-16T12:19:34+00:00

Victoria Mansion voted Maine’s Best Historic Landmark for 2019!

Thank you Down East readers for voting Victoria Mansion as Maine's Best Historic House Museum/ Landmark for 2019! The Mansion is in fantastic company with the Pejepscot Historical Society, the Francis, and the Portland Museum of Art. For a full list of all the fantastic winners, click HERE!

Victoria Mansion voted Maine’s Best Historic Landmark for 2019!2019-07-02T13:30:20+00:00

Conservation Update: Layers of Mystery in the Parlor’s Decoration

Conservators have nearly completed a "first pass" of cleaning the Parlor's walls and ceiling after re-stabilizing the original paint and gilding. This process presents an impasse for the rest of the project as potential problems may reveal themselves once layers - and over a century's worth - of soot and grime are removed from surfaces. [...]

Conservation Update: Layers of Mystery in the Parlor’s Decoration2019-06-07T14:42:09+00:00

From the Tub Room to the Smoking Room and Back Again by Charisse Gendron

Western culture began defining itself in contrast to the East as early as the Trojan War of Greek versus Persian. In the centuries to follow, as European civilization advanced, its soldiers, traders, adventurers, and artists increasingly perceived the East as a nostalgic counterpart to progress. Across much of the second millennium, Europe conceived of the [...]

From the Tub Room to the Smoking Room and Back Again by Charisse Gendron2019-06-07T14:41:38+00:00

Partnering with Students to Expand the Mansion’s Educational Offerings

In 2013, Victoria Mansion launched a school program for elementary school learners entitled A Century of Change. This program, allowing teachers to choose from 8 topics to tailor a lesson and visit for their students, has proven to be a successful model. We look to expand this programming, yet find the needs of middle and high [...]

Partnering with Students to Expand the Mansion’s Educational Offerings2019-04-18T14:49:58+00:00

Conservation Update: Pulling the Rug Out from Under Us!

With only a few short weeks left before the Mansion opens for the season May 1, conservators are busy prepping for the major conservation project in the Parlor. The room's gasolier and furniture have been removed and relocated elsewhere throughout the house, and the original carpet will soon be rolled and rehoused to make way [...]

Conservation Update: Pulling the Rug Out from Under Us!2019-04-18T14:41:10+00:00

Shedding Light on the Mansion’s Servants and the Irish Connection

In recent years there has been an increasing interest in servant life at the Mansion. Last fall, our Celtic Storytelling programming included traditional Irish tales that the house's servants might have delighted in around late October. This May, we look forward to opening a new space in the Mansion to include the house's employees in our interpretation. [...]

Shedding Light on the Mansion’s Servants and the Irish Connection2019-04-18T14:26:55+00:00