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Maine Historical Society and Wadsworth-Longfellow House

489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101

A growing museum, incomparable library and statewide educational resource, we are located in the heart of Portland’s downtown cultural district. Founded in 1822, the Maine Historical Society is the third oldest state historical society in the United States.
MHS is comprised of the Wadsworth–Longfellow House and Longfellow Garden, the Maine Historical Society Gallery and Store, the MHS Research Library, and the Maine Memory Network (
The 1786 Wadsworth–Longfellow House is the childhood home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 19th–century America's most famous poet. Maine Historical Society opened the house to the public in 1901, making it the first historic house museum in Maine. One of Maine’s oldest treasures, the house is a National Historic Landmark.
The Maine Historical Society serves the entire state through its education and outreach programs and through the digital museum, the Maine Memory Network.