— Upcoming Events —

 

Please join us!

All events are free and open to the public (unless otherwise noted).



Sunday, August 20 — from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Kittery Community Market
Look for our booth and exhibits
  — Post Office Square, Kittery Center Village

Here's a chance to stop by our booth and say "Hello." We always have an enjoyable time at the Kittery Block Party (in June) and the Kittery Community Market (in July and August).

Join us to explore Kittery's history. Become a member today to participate in the Museum. We will also have local books and souvenir items for sale. Bring your summer visitors along!

 


Thursday, August 31 — from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Two-Museum Bus Tour
with Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
  — at the Museum

Once again we are partnering with Portsmouth Naval Shipyard to present a "two Museum" tour.

We will start at Kittery Historical & Naval Museum, then board the bus to the Navy Yard. The bus will do a perimeter tour of the Yard, including a stop at the PNSY Museum. This tour fills up quickly, so reserve your spot today!

You must pre-register for this event by calling 207-439-3080. We need each person's name for registration. Maximum 28 people. Cost is $5.00. A driver's license or US citizen ID is required to board the bus.

 



Saturday, September 9 — from 10 am to 4 pm

Annual Veterans Salute
a proud tradition
  — at the Museum

Join us for our 6th Annual Veterans Salute. This event recognizes our past and present by honoring those who have fought for our Freedom.

The grounds of the Museum will come alive with reenactors from various eras. Displays will include period weapons and uniforms from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, and WWII. Those currently serving will also be represented. This is an event for the whole family, a day to remember and thank Kittery's veterans for their commitment and service.


Tuesday, September 12 — at 7:00 pm

"Lasting Impressions"
presented by Paulette Chernack and Cassandra Davidson
  — at Kittery Lions Club, 117 State Road

Meet the mother/daughter team of York resident Paulette Chernack and Kittery resident Cassandra Davidson. They are the author and illustrator of a new book, "Lasting Impressions: Art, Symbolism, and History Found in Graveyards and Cemeteries."

From their extensive collection of gravestone rubbings and photographs, they compiled a beautiful book of the art, symbolism, and history found in graveyards and cemeteries.

Learn how to decode the iconology found on New England gravestones, including some of Kittery's finest stone carvings. Paulette will read from their book, Cassandra's rubbings will be on display, and they will be available for book signings.

Paulette and Cassandra want to educate people about the beautiful art carved on old gravestones. After many years of research, "Lasting Impressions" has over 300 of their images, an index of the symbolism on gravestones, notes about conservation and preservation, and a comprehensive study guide for educators.

This is also our Quarterly Membership Meeting.


Thursday, September 21 — from 6:00 to 7:30 pm

"Remembering General William Whipple"
presented by D. Allan Kerr
  — at the Museum

Seaman, soldier, and statesman — even among the legendary Founding Fathers, General William Whipple of Kittery had a remarkable life and career. Now, D. Allan Kerr returns to share highlights of the only native Mainer to sign the Declaration of Independence.

For more about Gen. Whipple and his legacy in Kittery, see the recent article in the Portland Press-Herald. Local historian D. Allan Kerr is a Kittery resident, who occasionally writes for the Portsmouth Herald.

This program — celebrating one of Kittery's historical heroes — will be presented as a Kittery Adult Education course. The program will be one session, held at the Kittery Historical & Naval Museum. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the Museum.

Register through Kittery Adult Education. Course fee: $10.

To avoid an "online convenience fee," you can register by telephone (207-439-5896) or mail (Kittery Adult Education, 12 Williams Ave, Kittery, ME 03904).



Monday, October 16 — from 6:00 to 7:30 pm

"General Mark Wentworth and Kittery's Other Civil War Heroes"
presented by Kim Sanborn, Director of the Museum
  — at the Museum

Did you know that Kittery played an important role in the Civil War? In this presentation, Kim Sanborn will highlight the life and career of Kittery native General Mark Wentworth. Beloved resident, doctor, and a respected military hero, his legacy endures in Kittery today. Kim Sanborn is Director of the Kittery Historical & Naval Museum.

This session will also cover the Medal of Honor that 24 of our local veterans earned while serving in the Union Army. We will mention the role of Fort McClary and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in the Civil War, as well.

This program — celebrating Kittery's historical heroes — will be presented as a Kittery Adult Education course. The program will be one session, held at the Kittery Historical & Naval Museum. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the Museum.

Register through Kittery Adult Education. Course fee: $10.

To avoid an "online convenience fee," you can register by telephone (207-439-5896) or mail (Kittery Adult Education, 12 Williams Ave, Kittery, ME 03904).



We are about Kittery

We seek to create greater awareness of the history of Kittery, its role in American history, and our cultural and maritime heritage. We welcome suggestions for events that are consistent with our mission. Thanks for participating in the Museum!