New! Join the Friends of the Hudson Museum

A button reading Click here Joine the Friends of the Hudson MuseumFriends enjoy unique experiences and offerings that explore Maine and the World through behind-the-scenes tours of the exhibits and collections, and special Friends-only receptions, programs, events, and workshops. You will be the first to learn about new programs, changing exhibits, and events, along with special discounts for workshops.

Join us on a trip to learn about indigenous plants and their uses with Maine Guide Jennifer Neptune from the Penobscot Nation. Learn about cuisines from around the world and come to special museum dinners. Attend book readings with authors, curatorial talks on the collections and lectures by distinguished researchers and scholars.

This is a chance to build community with others who value cultural diversity, equity, and inclusion and want to travel the world through Hudson Museum experiences.

Friends Levels

Director’s Circle – $1,000

Support exhibits and events that expose visitors to the similarities and differences between indigenous peoples around the world and throughout time.
• 25% off the use of museum space for an event
• Behind-the-scenes tour of museum storage (92% of holdings for you and five of your guests)
• All benefits mentioned in the levels below

Palmer Circle – $500

Support meaningful new exhibits exploring contemporary themes that resonate over the ages, providing context and lessons for today.
• Guided Museum tour by the Director for you and five of your guests
• All benefits mentioned in the levels below

Hudson Circle – $250

Preserve the legacy of giving that has built the Hudson’s holdings to continue to teach visitors of all ages about traditional knowledge and lessons from our past.
• Invitation to specially curated “pop up” exhibits with a presentation by the museum Director for Hudson Circle friends and above, 1x/year
• All benefits mentioned in the levels below

Contributor – $100

• Special annual reception for all friends
• All benefits mentioned in the levels below

Supporter – $50 (Educator/Student – $25)

• Access to unique experiences through special events
and trips
• Be the first to learn about new programs, changing
exhibits, and events
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Additional Methods of Support


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. TEmerick and Eskimoshe 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.

To learn more about these endowments and other charitable giving opportunities, contact the University of Maine Foundation, 207.581.5100 or 800.982.8503, or email

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.

Hudson Support

J. Russell HudsonOver 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.

Original Anthropology MuseumThe 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.


Northwest Coast Duck BowlEthnographic 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:

Hudson Museum
The University of Maine
5746 Collins Center for the Arts
Orono, ME 04469-5746
Voice: 207.581.1904
or email: