History Major

Please join us for a special live screening of The Maine Frontier: Through the Lens of Isaac Walton Simpson
Mainers with Snowshoes


History majors and minors at USM become familiar with past knowledge, the forces of change and the varieties of historical scholarship that examine cultures and events across all times and places.  As they discover and organize facts, analyze evidence, and apply theory they learn to create meaningful explanations and narratives that support a well-rounded understanding of past human activity and its impact on the world of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. 

News & Events

Portland Observatory Flyer
Greater Portland Landmarks is looking for college students to give tours of the Portland Observatory, a National Historic Landmark. Contact volunteer@portlandlandmarks.org for more information.
Professor Rowe Talk Poster
Professor Rowe gave a talk at the University of Maine at Orono on Monday, December 8th titled, "For the Protection of Our Girls: Citizenship, Delinquency Reform, and the African-American Vision of Child Welfare in Missouri, 1909-1933"
Department of History and Political Science Newsletter Spring 2015

History Internships: A Great Experience

Internships are a great way to help you apply knowledge learned in history courses while gaining the experience and skills needed to succeed in the workforce.  Learn more about internships with the History Department.

The Maine Frontier: Through the Lens of Isaac Walton Simpson

Frontier Folk Maine

Please join us for a special live screening of The Maine Frontier:  Through the Lens of Isaac Walton Simpson on Thursday, March 5th, 6:00 PM in Bailey 10, Gorham Campus.  This program combines the scarecely seen trun-of-the-century photography of Isaac Simpson with both archived and current films, oral histories, and a compelling musical soundtrack.  The Maine Frontier is an illustration of family, work, community and culture in northern Maine, exemplified via Simpson's photographic collection.  Employing Simpson's photographs, The Maine Frontier investigates the unique geographical circumstances of a pioneering people in a region virtually disconnected from the rest of the state and country.

As a docu-exhibit, USM alumnus Sumner McKane combines the projection of archived film and photography with authentic sound design, oral histories, and a live musical soundtrack to tell this historical story via an innovative live presentation.

Jack London

Jack London

Professor of History Allan Whitmore gave a presentation at the Jack London Society Symposium. Take a few moments to watch this very interesting and informative talk - the video was shot by Whitmore's daughter Susan.