The Confederate Flag and the Politics of the Lost Cause
Aug 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Come to this fascinating and timely talk presented by Nina Silber, Professor of History at Boston University. Professor Silber will connect the national story of the symbolism of Confederate flags with the Fifth Maine Regiment’s role regarding the Confederate flags they captured on southern battlefields during the Civil War.
This talk is free and open to the public, and supported in part by a grant from the Peaks Island Council.
Silber is a professor at Boston University, where she teaches history and American & New England Studies. Her research focuses on historical memory, gender, and the Civil War. She has won numerous awards – including a Fulbright fellowship. Professor Silber has also published numerous works that help to expand our understanding of the Civil War.
Nina Silber – The Gettysburg Compiler
Art on the Porch / ART WALK
Aug 14 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Fifth Maine Museum is hosting a combined Art on the Porch/ ART WALK event on Sunday, August 14th, from 10am-3pm.

DATE: August 14
TIME: 10am-3pm
PLACE: Fifth Maine Museum / art studios around the island
Start at the Fifth Maine Museum (45 Seashore Avenue) and get a map so you can visit the island artists who are selling from their home studios.

You can view the list of artists here.

You can view a map of the ART WALK here.

This is a fabulous event, with a wide assortment of hand made items —  jewelry, textiles, paintings, leather goods, hand-pulled prints, stained glass, botanical soaps and shampoos, candles, watercolors, note cards, rock sculpture, photography, letter press stationery, post cards, upcycled clothing, driftwood trees, hand woven wall hangings — the list goes on and on. Get a jump start on your holiday shopping or just treat yourself to a one-of-a-kind gift!
Be sure to check out our new Fifth Maine merchandise too – T-shirts, hoodies, hats — to name a few.
We won’t send you home hungry. There is delicious grill food for everyone to enjoy.
And — if you win our 50/50 raffle — you’ll go home with more cash than you came with!
Thank you for supporting the Fifth Maine!
Peaks Island Music Association
Aug 17 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Fifth Maine Museum Annual Membership Meeting
Aug 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm


Fifth Maine Museum members are cordially invited to our annual meeting. After a casual dinner, we’ll get an update on current operations and future plans from the Fifth Maine Museum officers.

Not a member?  Sign up today — members are the life-blood of our organization.

“Down in Dixie” – George Bicknell’s 19th century lecture with slides
Aug 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

George Bicknell, an officer in the Fifth Maine Volunteer Regiment, spent many of his postwar years delivering his carefully crafted lecture, “Down in Dixie.” Illustrated throughout with glass slides, Bicknell took his presentation on the road during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, telling the story of the Mainers who fought for three years in the Civil War.

Bicknell told the story of the Fifth Maine’s experience from the soldier’s perspective – not a campaign history but a direct, personal narrative of what it felt like to be in the terror of battle, to force-march through field and forest, to endure the tedium and cold of long winter encampments.

In 2017, with the help of a grant from the Maine Humanities Council, the Fifth Maine Regiment Museum revived Bicknell’s lecture. Museum volunteer, Nancy Hall, transcribed Bicknell’s handwritten text. Our curator, Holly Hurd-Forsyth, and Nancy Hall worked together to digitize Bicknell’s original hand-painted magic lantern slides so they could be used with modern projection equipment. 

This is rare and wonderful opportunity to hear the museum’s prior-President, Bill Hall, deliver  Bicknell’s “Down in Dixie” lecture. The event is free and open to the public.




Pancake Breakfast
Aug 21 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Please join us for pancakes, eggs, ham and more!

We will have limited indoor seating and seating on the porch as usual. We’ll also have to go containers on hand for people who prefer to eat at home or oceanside.

Come and enjoy great food, great company, and a great view from the scenic porch of the Fifth Maine Museum.

A perfect way to start a Sunday in Maine!

Adults $12, kids under twelve $6, kids under three eat free (cash, checks or credit cards accepted).

8-11am at the Fifth Maine Museum on Peaks Island!

Sep 3 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join us for a fun day out on Peaks Island!

It’s part treasure hunt and part Arts and Crafts Fair.

The Fifth Maine Museum is sponsoring an island-wide ART WALK on Saturday, September 3rd, from 10am – 3pm.

Shoppers will get a chance to explore the nooks and crannies of Peaks Island, visiting artists who have set up stalls at their homes. It’s a unique opportunity to chat with artists, discover one-of-a-kind handmade items, and buy gifts for anyone on your list —- including YOU!

Closing Day for the 2022 season
Oct 10 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Opening Day
May 26 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

We kick off the 2023 season on Friday, May 26th.

Doors open at 10am this season, and close at 3pm.

We hope to see you soon!

Peaks Fest Schmooze Fest and Bingo
Jun 16 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Peaks Fest Schmooze Fest and Bingo @ Fifth Maine Museum

Kick off Peaks Fest weekend with a party on the Fifth Maine porch!

Schmooze Fest features a donation bar and hors d’oeuvres, enjoyed with friends old and new.

Then we head down to the Fifth Maine’s dining room for a good old-fashioned Bingo night. A fun evening, and you just may go home with one of the great prizes!

See you there!