There’s so much history behind the Portland area, and you owe it to yourself to learn about it. This is a great place to start!– Maggie Kimberl, visitor
Founded in 1978 by elementary school teachers, Portland Museum grew from a single classroom to its present location in Beech Grove, an antebellum “country seat” on the old road between Portland and Louisville. The on-going restoration of Beech Grove, an 1852 Italianate residence with vintage gardens, serves to tell the story of William and Mary Skene, whose family lived here for eight decades. There are also two rotating galleries located on the first floor. In a modern addition, Portland Museum uses permanent and temporary exhibitions to tell the story of Portland–a Louisville, Kentucky neighborhood that is rich with history and the arts.
Beech Grove Press, a letterpress studio, is equipped with Chandler & Price presses, cases of foundry type, and bookbinding equipment. Here, as funding permits, children and adults learn and practice various printing techniques. Gray Zeitz of Larkspur Press has been a major influence over the years. More recently, we moved the studio from the building’s new addition to an underutilized space inside the original Beech Grove residence.
In addition, the Squire Earick House, an American Treasure, is part of Portland Museum’s collection. It is the oldest timber-framed house still standing in Jefferson County. The museum has been carefully restoring the Squire Earick House over the past couple of decades. In 2016, we began offering a preservation camp at the house through our Young Curators program. When the restoration is complete, the Squire Earick House will tell important stories about life on the river’s edge, flatboats, steamboats, the Underground Railroad, and more!
Portland Museum is an educational resource where art & heritage celebrate the community and history of Portland, a neighborhood of Louisville. The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, provides operating support to Portland Museum with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
- Ash Braunecker, Executive Co-Director
- Danny Seim, Executive Co-Director
- Molly Gray, Administrative Coordinator
- Bailey O’Leary, Education & Outreach Fellow
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
- Maria McGary, President
- Bryan Warren, Vice President
- Merrill Simmons, Secretary
- Wes Vance, Treasurer
- Bobby Shore
- Doug Magee
- Jon Cayot
- Judy Schroeder
- Katy Delahanty
- Lacie Eubank