Muskie School of Public Service

The Abyssinian Meeting House Restoration Event

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 land-mark. 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: Geography-Anthropology, Muskie School of Public Service, Convocation, Honors Program, IDAC, the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, Women and Gender Studies

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

Contact Information

Peter Witham

(207) 780-5321

peter.witham1@maine.edu