Abyssinian Meeting House: Findings and Updates

Abyssinian Meeting House: Findings and Updates

DATE   February 19, 2019   6:00pm - 7:30pm
Abyssinian Meeting House, Geography-Anthropology at the University of Southern Maine & Others
USM Wishcamper
34 Bedford St, Portland, Maine 04101

In 1828, The Abyssinian Meeting House was constructed by free blacks who came together to seek opportunity and refuge. It is the 3rd oldest African American Meeting House in the US. The Abyssinian Meeting House is a designated City of Portland historic landmark. In 2006 it achieved listing in the National Register of Historic Places and in 2007 the Abyssinian Meeting House was recognized by the National Park Service National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom as the first site listed in Maine

Join us for an update on findings and the status of the Abyssinian Meeting House Restoration. The professionals who were responsible for the restoration of the exterior of the 170 year old building will discuss their significant findings and we will discuss the next steps needed to restore the interior of the building.

Hilary Basset, Executive Director of Greater Portland Landmarks will introduce our speakers:
John A James, the project restoration architect
Greg Farmer, the project historic architect
Martha Pinello, the project archaeologist

Tuesday, February 19 at 6 pm
Room 102 Wishcamper Center

Sponsored by: The Abyssinian Meeting House, Geography-Anthropology, the Muskie School of Public Service, the Gloria S, Duclos Convocation, Honors Program, Intercultural and Diversity Advisory Council, Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, Women and Gender Studies, and Unum.

Free and Open to the Public. FMI: 780-5321

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