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  • 05 Feb 2020 3:33 PM | Anonymous member

    Colorful Arctic: Donald B. MacMillan’s Lantern Slides

    January 7, 2020 - March 29, 2020

    This exhibit presents a selection of Donald B. MacMillan’s gorgeous hand-tinted glass lantern slides, recently digitized with support from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

    Donald B. MacMillan first went to the Arctic as a member of Robert Peary’s 1908-09 North Pole Expedition and continued traveling to, working in, and photographing the region until 1954. Between trips, he raised funds for his expeditions by lecturing throughout the country. He illustrated these lectures with glass lantern slides made, mostly, from a selection of his photographic images. Donald and his wife Miriam donated this entire collection of over 2,000 slides to the museum when it was founded in 1967. Now, this incredible resource is available to the public at MacMillan's Glass Lantern Slides.

    Museum Hours:

    Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00a–5:00p

    Sunday: 2:00p–5:00p

    Closed: Mondays and national holidays

    The museum is located in Hubbard Hall at Bowdoin College and admission is FREE.

  • 30 Dec 2019 12:08 PM | Anonymous member

    The Castine Historical Society, which serves as a window into Castine’s extraordinary past as one of the earliest settled towns in Maine, has announced that it will host its House and Garden Tour on July 23, 2020.  The event will incorporate Maine’s Bicentennial theme into the House and Garden Tour throughout the village. Nine homes, 5 gardens, and Castine’s Dyce’s Head Lighthouse and John Perkins House will be open to visit. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 207-326-4118. 


  • 10 Dec 2019 3:35 PM | Anonymous member

    Opens April 9, 2020 at the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum located on the Bowdoin College campus.

    This exhibit explores the traditional skin-on-frame watercraft used by Inuit across the Arctic for hunting, fishing, traveling, and recreation. From Alaska to Greenland and Labrador, Inuit customized these versatile vessels to suit the various water and ice conditions they expected to encounter.

    A kajak, more commonly spelled kayak in English, is the quintessential watercraft of the Arctic. Now familiar to boaters around the world, this versatile craft was developed thousands of years ago by the ancestors of the contemporary Inuit for hunting and traveling in icy waters. For most hunters it was an essential component of their equipment, most importantly for hunting and fishing, but also as transport and even racing and rolling competitions.

    Traditional kayaks are made from a light framework of wood covered in waterproof skins. They are completely covered, with only a person-sized hole in the top for the paddler to sit in. They may appear simple, but making and using kayaks requires complex skills that that take years to perfect. Across the Arctic hunters adjusted this basic design to build vessels suited for their particular needs and the conditions they expected to encounter. 

    Kayaks and their equipment are marvels of engineering and craftsmanship that for generations were critical to the survival of Inuit families across the Arctic. By the middle of the twentieth century traditional kayak use and construction had almost disappeared in the wake of colonial disruptions. Efforts by both Inuit and Western researchers and kayakers beginning in the 1970s has preserved knowledge and revived interest in these remarkable boats. These efforts continue today.

  • 10 Dec 2019 3:33 PM | Anonymous member

    Event date: June 3, 2020

    Time: 7:00 p.m.

    Location: Bowdoin College, Visual Arts Center/Beam Classroom

    Rhea Banker, an award-winning photographer, will discuss her project of photographing Greenland dog sleds on summer landscapes.

    Free and open to the public.

    Sponsored by the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum & Arctic Studies Center.

  • 10 Dec 2019 2:02 PM | Anonymous member

    Event date: April 9, 2020

    Time: 7:00 p.m.

    Lecture: Hunting Kayaks of the North

    Location: Bowdoin College, Visual Arts Center/Kresge Auditorium

    This lecture by kayak scholar and author Harvey Golden coincides with the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum’s Kajak! exhibit opening. Harvey’s studies have taken him to over 60 museums and he has built over 80 replicas of kayaks, which are exhibited at his Lincoln Street Kayak and Canoe Museum in Portland, Oregon ( He is presently working on a book on Canadian Inuit kayaks, following his two previous books, Kayaks of Greenland and Kayaks of Alaska.

    Free and open to the public.

    Sponsored by the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum & Arctic Studies Center.

  • 12 Nov 2019 12:35 PM | Anonymous member

    1944, the U.S. Army Air Base in Houlton, Maine in Aroostook, County, became the site of a Prisoner of War (POW) internment camp for German soldiers captured in North Africa and France. The POW’s could not be forced to work, but they could volunteer. Those who wanted to work helped the local farmers harvest peas and pick potatoes and cut wood in the forest after harvest time during the winter.  In September of 1945, Aroostook County farmers decided to take advantage of this opportunity.  My dad requested some prisoners to help with our potato harvest. When harvest time rolled around, eight young Germans would arrive by truck each morning about 7 o’clock to help us harvest our crop…with ONE guard.  As a 13-year old boy, the arrival of German soldiers, was fearsome.   My young mind was not too sure it was a good idea to have the “enemy” right here on our farm.

    The Kennebec Historical Society’s November speaker, Henry (Hank) D. Lunn has been a resident of Camden, Maine since 1958 and a student of Maine history since his birth on a potato farm in Aroostook County.  He graduated from the University of Maine with a major in history and government and has a M.Ed. in Counseling and School Administration.  Mr. Lunn retired from public education with over 40 years of experience as a teacher, counselor and educational consultant in the schools of Maine.  For the past several years, he has been delivering his “Living History” presentations to schools, historical societies, libraries, and community organizations.

    The Kennebec Historical Society November presentation is co-sponsored by the Maine State Library and is free to the public (donations gladly accepted).  The presentation will be followed by some light refreshments and take place on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. at the Maine State Library, located at 230 State Street in Augusta.

  • 06 Oct 2019 11:42 AM | Anonymous member

    SAVE THE DATE - November 13, 2019

    Gold Salon at Marble House.jpg

    Please join Colby College in welcoming Patricia Miller, Chief Conservator at the Preservation Society of Newport County, Newport, RI for the annual Clara M. Southworth Lecture, "Preserving the Guilded Age: The Care and Conservation of Newport's Architectural Heritage"  

    Patricia Miller will present a behind-the-scenes look at ongoing efforts to preserve the Society's 11 historic properties and landscapes – including Hunter House and The Breakers - as well as care for the vast decorative arts collection inside and out.  

    Lecture: Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 6:00 p.m. in Given Auditorium (Bixler Arts Building, Colby College).

    The Clara M. Southworth Lecture is cosponsored by The Clara M. Southworth Lecture Fund and the Colby College Department of Art

    The lecture is free and open to the public.

  • 02 Oct 2019 3:32 PM | Anonymous member

    History Convergence: Preparing for Maine's Bicentennial

    Wednesday, October 30, 9 am - 2:30 pm

    Wilson Museum, Hutchins Education Center, 112 Perkins St., Castine

    Let’s celebrate 200 years of Maine statehood! Downeast Acadia Regional Tourism, Abbe Museum, and Castine History Partners will host a planning workshop at the Wilson Museum in Castine geared to nonprofits in Hancock and Washington counties.

    Learn more about Maine's official entry into the United States, how to better interpret Native history, share what you may already be planning for the Bicentennial, brainstorm new possibilities for the occasion, and discover how we can collaborate.

    Registration required by October 24

    Cost is $10 per person to help defray lunch expenses

    To register or for more information: (207) 326-9247 or, or register and pay online here.

    You may also send a check payable to the Wilson Museum, P.O. Box 196, Castine, ME 04421. Be sure to include name(s) of attendees and the organization you represent. 

  • 30 Sep 2019 12:16 PM | Anonymous member

    The Canton Historical Society is hosting a talk on “Maine in World War I” on Wednesday, October 16, at 6:30 p.m., in its building at 25 Turner Street.  The speaker will be Capt. Jonathan D. Bratten of the Maine Army National Guard.

    In 1917, 2,000 Mainers left their homes and families to “make the world safe for democracy.”  Their travels took them directly into the heart of the Great War, where they proved that the best of the German Army was no match for the boys from Maine.  Capt. Bratten will be discussing how the actions of Maine’s soldiers changed the course of World War I.

    Capt. Bratten is an engineer officer in the Maine Army National Guard where he commands the 251st Engineer Company and serves as command historian.  He holds a B.A. in history from Franciscan University of Steubenville (Ohio) and an M.A. in history from the University of New Hampshire.  Capt. Bratten is a veteran of Afghanistan. 

    This event is free of admission and open to the public.  The venue is handicap accessible.  Refreshments will be served.  Doors open at 6 p.m.

    The Canton Historical Society is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization devoted to the preservation and celebration of Canton’s heritage and history.

    If you would like more information about this event, please email

    Canton Historical Society
    25 Turner Street
    Canton, Maine

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