Please check here often as we announce our 2024 season plans, as well as on the individual event pages of this website.  You can also email us or call us at (207) 326-4118.

We continue to thank our members, supporters and visitors who are scattered across the country and world, for your ongoing support of the Castine Historical Society.

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All exhibits, events, and tours are free. Pre-registration is required for some events as noted. To register, visit the page for the event or call 207-326-4118.

June 10–October 14: “A History of Castine in 40 Objects” Explore five centuries of Castine’s history through never-before-seen objects in the Historical Society’s permanent collection.

June 22–October 14: Castine Uncovered Walking Tours. Friday, Saturday, and Monday, 10:00 a.m. Hour-long tours begin at the CHS Abbott School building. No reservations required.

Thursday, June 13: “Castine in the Civil War,” 7:00 p.m. An in-person and YouTube lecture given by Diane and Ned Smith, Civil War historians and authors. Mitchell Room, Castine Historical Society. Reservations required to attend in-person. See details and register for the in-person event or watch the livestream on YouTube.

Saturday, June 22: 2024 Season Open House, 4:00-6:00 p.m. Join us for a free reception and viewing of the new exhibit. Refreshments served.

Saturday, June 29: “Art of Penobscot Bay—A Sampler,” 4:00 p.m. An illustrated talk by Carl Little on paintings of the Penobscot Bay area through time followed by a book signing for his new book, Art of Penobscot Bay. Co-sponsored with Compass Rose Books. Mitchell Room, Castine Historical Society. Reservations required due to limited seating. See details and register for this in-person event.

Thursday, July 18: “A History of Castine in 40 Objects,” 7:00 p.m. An illustrated talk by Lisa Simpson Lutts on how CHS’s collection tells Castine’s history over five centuries. Mitchell Room, Castine Historical Society. Reservations required to attend in-person. See details and register for the in-person event or watch the livestream on YouTube.

Thursday, August 8: The 15th Annual Deborah Pulliam Memorial Lecture, 7:00 p.m. Hans D. Strauch, Boston architect, will give a talk entitled “Rising from the Ashes: Building on Restituted Family Property in Post-Nazi Berlin, Germany.” Delano Auditorium, Leavitt Hall, Maine Maritime Academy, Castine. No reservations necessary to attend in-person. See details and watch the livestream on YouTube.

Thursday, August 22: Annual Meeting and Program 4:00-6:00 p.m. Following a brief CHS business meeting, CHS staff will give a show and tell on what’s new in the collection. Social hour to follow. In-person at the Castine Inn. No reservations necessary to attend in-person. See details and watch the livestream on YouTube.

Saturday, September 7: Hidden Legacies: A Walking Tour of Castine’s African American
History, 10:00 a.m. Join Georgia Zildjian and Lisa Lutts for an hour-long walking tour on Castine’s African American history. Reservations required and limited to 15 people. Rain date September 8. See details and register for this in-person event.