The public is invited to participate in a summer fundraiser for the Friends of the Maine State Museum. The event, Making Your Mark!, will take place at Augusta’s beautiful and historic Viles House on Thursday, June 27th from 5:30-7:30 pm. Tickets are $60, with proceeds to support initiatives at the Maine State Museum. This marvelous, memory-making institution houses vast collections that preserve Maine’s heritage, offers engaging permanent and changing exhibits, and serves more school visitors each year than any museum in the state.
Making Your Mark! is inspired by the suffrage theme of the museum’s latest exhibition, Women’s Long Road – 100 Years to the Vote, and the evening’s entertainment takes cues from the late 1910s and early 1920s.
The festive party will travel through the mansion’s first-floor parlors, dining room, living room, music room, and – assuming fine weather – the great outdoors. The 1816 building, refashioned several times over two centuries, features an eclectic combination of Federal, Italianate, and Colonial Revival styles, and an inviting, picturesque setting. This will be a fun opportunity to visit and take in the distinctive furnishings, wallpapers, paintings, and decorative art.
Talented actress-musician Birdie Newman Katz will perform songs of the suffrage era; a 3-D slide show will focus on the “New Woman” at the turn of the 20th century; and a ten-minute suffrage playlet will capture the history of this century-long struggle in a virtual flash.
Scrumptious hors d’oeuvres, fine wines, a celebratory punch, and a silent auction will round out the cheery evening for a very good cause. Come make your mark. Tickets may be purchased online at bit.ly/FMSM-627 or call the Friends office at 207-287-2304.
The Friends of the Maine State Museum works to advocate, increase membership, and expand financial support for the Maine State Museum. Gifts to the Friends, including contributions to events like this one, help to further the museum’s exhibitions, programs, and collections care, and wide-ranging service to people throughout the State of Maine and beyond.