The Long Island Historical Society, located on Long Island, Maine, is an organization dedicated to the preservation, research, collection, and displaying of objects of historical significance to the Town of Long Island, the City of Portland, and the neighboring islands in Casco Bay, Maine.  Our exhibits feature the island’s history as it relates to fishing and lobstering; tourism, islanders, their lives and homes; WW I and WW II as they affected Long Island; the efforts of King Resources and Phoenix to establish a major oil storage and transfer terminal serviced by supertankers on the island; secession from the City of Portland, and the incorporation of the Town of Long Island on July 1, 1993.  The Society is a member of Maine Archives & Museums.

We welcome inquiries into our collection. If you have items you feel might be of interest to Long Islanders, please contact us at longislandhistory@hotmail.com attention the Collections Committee.

The Ambassador visits…

We are honored that the Ambassador to the US from the Republic of Ireland Daniel Mulhall and the Irish Consulate General of New England Laoise Moore visited us on Tuesday July 23rd as a part of their visit to Maine.  Long Islanders gave them a rousing welcome, despite the rainy day.  While here they visited the LIHS summer exhibit Sense of Place: Two Brothers Six Generations, (about the Murphy family on Long Island), had an opportunity to meet islanders at a reception in the Community Center, and were given a short tour of the island via golf cart.  The finishing touch was a send-off on Steve Train’s lobster boat, The Wild Irish Rose.  They have a standing invitation to come back to visit the island at any time!

Consul General of New England Laoise Moore, Eric Connor (a Murphy descendant), Greta Mulhall,
and Ambassador Daniel Mulhall

History of the Long Island Historical Society

Although the first attempt to start a historical society on Long Island was in the 1970’s, it wasn’t until the fall of 1995 that the Long Island Historical Society was actually formed.  The Long Island Civic Association board expressed alarm that the island was rapidly losing many members of a generation who had firsthand knowledge of the Island’s early 1900 history.  The first meetings were held in a private home on the island, and by January 1996 the Society had incorporated as a non-profit organization and elected officers. The Chebeague Island Historical Society provided much needed assistance with the mechanics of what it takes to run a society.  An exhibit titles Now and Then was held that summer in the VFW Hall.  While it only lasted 4 hours, it was a huge success, demonstrating a definite interest by the islanders in having a society.  When the Town of Long Island purchased the Community Building at Mariner’s Wharf, space was allocated to the Society for a museum.  In 2006, the Historical Society moved into a new space specifically designed to serve as an Archives Room in the basement of the Long Island Learning Center, providing stable temperature-controlled storage for the growing collection of artifacts.  Thanks to several grants the society was able to purchase state-of-the-art computers and equipment to safely record and store the many objects in the collection.     The Society has mounted summer exhibits, lectures and field trips, and hosted visiting groups and families interested in  researching their family’s presence on the island.


PHOTO CREDITS: Postcard donated by Beth Marchak