Ethnographic and archaeological objects in the Hudson Museum’s permanent collection exemplify the technological development, belief system and economic, political and social organization of their cultures of origin. The collections include ethnographic material culture from North, Central and South America; Oceania; and New Guinea. Emphasis in collection development is in these primary geographic regions. The Museum also maintains a teaching collection of objects and reproductions used for hands-on instruction in educational programs, workshops, outreach kits and traveling classroom exhibits.
To learn more about our holdings, please explore our collections.
To discuss the bequest or donation of objects, please contact:
The University of Maine
5746 Collins Center for the Arts
Orono, ME 04469-5746
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Here is the place where the people of Maine can see and touch the wonder and splendor of the human experience–things people of the world have made, used, loved and held in awe and left for us to gently care for and gratefully learn from.”
-Richard Emerick (1926-2001)
Richard Emerick Endowment
The Richard Emerick Endowment Fund was established in the University of Maine Foundation in 2000 in honor of Dr. Richard Emerick, professor of Anthropology and founding director of the Hudson Museum. The fund supports Museum exhibits and programming, outreach to underserved audiences, acquisitions to the collections and preservation of the collections.
Renee Minsky Endowment
Established in honor of Renee Minsky, a Hudson Museum docent and past member of the Hudson Museum Advisory Board, with a gift from Leonard E. Minsky in 1991, the Minsky Fund provides support for the Hudson Museum. The fund supports the furnishing of galleries and exhibit development, guest lecturers, publishing of gallery brochures and guides, and traveling or special shows exhibited in the Museum, as well as a new Minsky Fieldtrip Fund.
David E. Shoemaker Endowment
Established by Linwood L. Colson III in 2000 in memory of David E. Shoemaker, a scholar in Latin American Studies, an adjunct assistant professor in The University of Maine Art Department and a member of the Hudson Museum Advisory Board, this fund supports the collections of the Hudson Museum, including graduate assistantships for collections research and management, acquisitions of objects, preservation of collections and collections-related publications.
Donors may contribute:
Cash gifts (including pledges), Appreciated securities, Real and personal property, Bequests, and Deferred gifts.
Or send your tax-exempt gift payable to:
University of Maine Foundation
Two Alumni Place
Orono, ME 04469-5792
Please write the name of the appropriate endowment on the memo line of your check.
Over one million visitors from Maine and around the world have crossed the Hudson Museum’s threshold to witness “the wonder and splendor of the human experience” showcased in temporary and permanent exhibits, celebrated by special events and discussed in lectures by such distinguished scholars as Richard Leakey, Jane Goodall and Thor Heyerdahl. Through guided tours and gallery programs, thousands of Maine school children have an unparalleled opportunity to explore and understand the depth and breadth of the Earth’s cultural diversity.
“The Hudson Museum has brought cultural opportunities to the people of Central and Eastern Maine unparalleled north of Boston, and plays a unique educational role in the state.”
– Dorothy Schwartz, Executive Director, Maine Humanities Council
The core of the Hudson Museum’s original collection is pictured here, in the mid-1960s, as a classroom display created by the Museum’s founding director, Richard G. Emerick. Today, the Hudson Museum curates about 9,000 objects. See more on our collections.