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Questions? Comments? Contact Marjorie Getz at or (207) 774-5561 x 120

About PHD

For History Lovers - The Portland History Docent Program (PHD) is a collaborative effort by Greater Portland Landmarks, Maine Historical Society, Tate House Museum, Victoria Mansion, the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum, the Fifth Maine Regiment Museum, Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse and Spirits Alive at the Eastern Cemetery.

Each spring, these organizations join forces to provide a nine-week training program for new prospective volunteer guides at each organization's respective museum site. Several weeks of lively and informative talks and presentations take place at Maine Historical Society, combined with site visits to each partnering organization.

Upon graduation, PHD participants become eligible to volunteer at the site(s) of their choice, and training at those sites is scheduled on an individual basis. Graduates are asked to commit to a year of volunteer time. 

In 2020 the Portland History Docents classes will run on Thursday mornings, 9AM to noon, beginning at the Maine Historical Society in Portland on February 27 and concluding on April 30. The cost is $30 which covers the entire program ($20 with valid student I.D.).