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Your journey to the Queen City's past begins here!
Bangor, Maine is a city of heartwarming stories, powerful personalities and (sometimes) scandalous headlines. At the Bangor Historical Society, our mission is to share those stories, protect the artifacts and safeguard them for future generations.
We are currently closed for the winter but will be back in the spring. We hope you'll plan to join us then for a walking tour, brown bag lunch or a visit to the Thomas A. Hill House. In the meantime, please connect with us on our Facebook Page.
Whether you're visiting from "away" or call Bangor "home" we look forward to seeing you.
Holidays at the Thomas A. Hill House
For the first time in more than a decade, the Thomas A. Hill House will be festively decorated and open for a holiday tour and tea.
Join us on Saturday, December 6 from 1 to 4pm.
Tickets for this special event are $10 per person and are available at the door the day of the event.
All proceeds benefit the Bangor Historical Society.
You can also purchase tickets or donate to the event by clicking the button below.
Thomas A. Hill House Garden Restoration Project Underway
Bangor Historical Society staff and volunteers are hard at work reclaiming the gardens at the Thomas A. Hill House. This is an extensive project and we look forward to bringing back the grandeur of the Hill House's exterior and the possibility of hosting events and activities on our grounds.
We'll share photos of our progress throughout the project AND we're always looking for volunteers to help with the gardens, to welcome visitors to the Hill House or for a variety of projects that help protect the biggest item in our collection--the Thomas A Hill House.
Please email us if you would like to share your time and talents.
Interactive Exhibit: Civil War Medicine Chest
Our newest online exhibit lets you explore Augustus Hamlin's medicine chest. Click on an object in the chest to learn more about it. Thanks to our intern Chris for designing this interactive exhibit.
Swords in the American Civil War
Visit our new online exhibit and learn about swords of the Civil War from the comfort of your own home! Curated by Brennan MacDonald, high school intern.
Creating unique and innovative programs is an important part of our work at the Bangor Museum and History Center. We value our partnerships within the Bangor School District and strive to not only be the best but also support some of the best students in Maine. Click here to find out more about our award winning partnership with the Bangor High School.
We've added a self-guided tour of Bangor booklet to our Tours & Events page. Click above for more info.
Bangor Historical Society partners with Maine Discovery Museum for Children's Book Project
Garden restoration project underway at Thomas A. Hill House--scroll down for photos!
City of Bangor proclaims BHS City's "Official Tour Provider"
On December 8, 1863 the Bangor Jeffersonian informed readers:
"The Penobscot River closed on Wednesday night. Nearly all the vessels had made good their escape from the ice embargo. One schooner loaded with potatoes, ran aground near the High Head and sunk."
Today & Tomorrow
The Bangor Historical Society is the Official Historical Tour Provider for the City of Bangor.
Hear the stories of Bangor and it's people on one of our walking tours.