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  • 03 Dec 2015 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Noontime Art Talk: Icicles on the Nose, Frost in the Studio: Whistler and the Weather

    Lunder Consortium for Whistler Studies Fellow Justin McCann will discuss how Whistler battled the elements to capture evocative atmospheric conditions in his paintings and pastels of London and Venice.

    For more information please contact Mirken Coordinator of Education and Public Programs Matt Timme. (mrtimme@colby.edu | 207.859.5613) or visit colby.edu/museum


  • 18 Nov 2015 7:00 PM | Anonymous

    In keeping with the Thanksgiving theme, on November 18, at 7;00 p.m.  the Rumford Historical Society will feature Chuck Halsey, Wildlife Biologist from Maine's Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife.  He will discuss the history of the demise and recovery of the wild turkey.  Program to be held in the Auditorium of the Rumford Town Hall.

    Rumford Historical Society

    231 Eaton Hill Rd., Rumford, ME

    207-369-9288


  • 07 Nov 2015 10:00 AM | Anonymous
    A dedication of the monument to Lt. Joseph Bragdon will be held Nov 7, 2015 at 10am at the Herrick Cemetery on Village Drive, near Main St (US 15) in Corinth, Maine.  Lt. Bragdon was an early settler in the Mass. township that became Corinth, Maine.  Hosts: American Legion Post 115, Corinth Historical Society, and the Corinth Cemetery Trustees.  The public is invited.


  • 24 Oct 2015 12:00 PM | Anonymous member

    The Tate House Museum is hosting cemetery tours of the 18th Century Stroudwater Burying Ground on Saturday, October 17th and 24th from noon to 4PM, on the hour, with the last tour starting at 3PM.  The picturesque cemetery, located along the Stroudwater River, is the final resting place for many prominent members of the proud Stroudwater community.Museum volunteer “specters” will portray some of the cemetery’s more celebrated residents, telling their colorful historical tales – some quite tragic, and some with a dash of soap opera to them.  George and Mary Tate are ready to tell their stories, along with the first woman in Maine to have the flags lowered to half staff upon her death, and many more.  Please join the Tate House Museum for an afternoon of spirited fun, entertainment, and education.

    Ticket prices are $12.00 for adults and $6.00 for children 12 and under.  Tickets and fall bake sale treats will be available in the gift shop, 1267 Westbrook Street, Portland, ME.  Proceeds help support the preservation of the Tate House.

    The Tate House, built in 1755, was the home of Captain George Tate, senior mast agent to the British Royal Navy.  The Tate House, a National Historic Landmark, stands as a physical reminder of the economic importance of the colonial mast trade and its role in the American Revolution.

    For More Information Contact the Tate House at 774-6177 or email info@tatehouse.org


  • 24 Oct 2015 8:30 AM | Anonymous member

    Oldest Film Shot in Maine to be Shown at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Annual  History Conference

     A clip from the oldest film shot in Maine will be shown during Wish You Were Here: Communicating Maine’s Unique Sense of Place, Penobscot Marine Museum’s 2015 History Conference.  The Conference this year brings together Northeast Historic Film, Maine Folklife Center, and historians and writers Jay Davis, David Andrews, William Bunting and Kevin Johnson to discuss Maine’s unusual sense of place and how it has been communicated, preserved or changed over the last one hundred years. 

     The oldest known film taken in Maine was shot in 1901, and a clip of this historic film will be shown by Northeast Historic Film’s new Executive Director Brook Minner in her talk on preserving Maine’s moving image history.  Maine Folklife Center’s Katrina Wynn will present audio clips of stories told by Mainers on topics ranging from logging to Wabanaki culture, and discuss how preserving Maine’s oral histories adds to its sense of place.

    The vibrant photographic portrait of Maine created by Peggy McKenna (1947 – 2014) in her work for Down EastWaldo Independent, and Republican Journal will be discussed by former newspaper editor Jay Davis.  For more information on the History Conference or to purchase tickets, go to www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org or call 548-2529.  Wish You Were Here: Communicating Maine’s Unique Sense of Place will be held at University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center in Belfast, Maine onSaturday, October 24, 8:00 am to 2:30 pm.

     About Penobscot Marine Museum

    Penobscot Marine Museum is in the historic seacoast village of Searsport, Maine.  Check the website for activities and events.  Exhibits include hands-on activities for children and adults, as well as a ship captain's house, marine paintings, scrimshaw, 19thcentury Chinese and Japanese pottery, paintings and textiles, historic Maine boats, a fisheries exhibit, and an heirloom vegetable garden.  The museum is open seven days a week, Memorial Day weekend through the third weekend in October.  For more information go to www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org or call the Visitors Center 207-548-0334 or Administrative Offices at 207-548-2529.

  • 21 Oct 2015 7:00 PM | Anonymous

    On October 21, at 7:00 p.m. in Rumford Town Hall Auditorium, a round-table discussion of the old ferries and bridges which have been a part of the region's transportation history will be held by the Rumford Historical Society.  Eight residents from Hanover to Dixfield areas will facilitate the discussion.  Map for discussion will be provided, courtesy of the Androscoggin Watershed Council.

    Rumford Historical Society

    231 Eaton Hill Rd., Rumford, ME

    207-369-9288


  • 08 Oct 2015 7:00 PM | Anonymous member

    The men of Deer Isle have been famous for their maritime skills for well over a hundred years.  In 1895 and 1899 the America’s Cup was won by all-Deer Isle crews, the first and last time in history a single town supplied an entire crew for the race.  At Penobscot Marine Museum on Thursday, October 8 at 7:00 pm, anthropologist William Haviland will discuss why the men of Deer Isle developed such an excellent reputation and were sought after as crewmen especially for the big steam yachts of the early 20th century.  Haviland’s book on the subject, Floating Palaces: America's Queens of the Sea which he wrote with Deer Isle native Barbara (Greenlaw) Britton, was published this year.  Admission is free. 

    William Haviland is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Vermont.  Growing up he spent summers on Deer Isle and is now a full-time resident.  He is on the boards of the Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society and the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor. 

    Floating Palaces: America's Queens of the Sea is part of Penobscot Marine Museum’s Boat Talk Series.  The talk will take place onThursday, October 8, 7:00 pm, at Douglas and Margaret Carver Memorial Art Gallery, 11 Church Street, Searsport, Maine. Admission is free.

    About Penobscot Marine Museum
    Penobscot Marine Museum is in the historic seacoast village of Searsport, Maine.  Eight of its twelve exhibit buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places.  Check the website for daily activities and events. The museum is open seven days a week, Memorial Day weekend through the third weekend in October.  For more information go to www.penobscotmarinemuseum.orgor call the Visitors Center 207-548-0334 or Administrative Offices at 207-548-2529.


  • 05 Oct 2015 11:27 AM | Anonymous

    As part of the Maine Photo Project (www.mainephotoproject.org), the L.C.Bates Museum will offer an exhibition of Maine artist/photographers who focus on natural history both in the museum setting and out in nature. The exhibition runs from Tuesday, September 15, 2015 and run until December 30, 2015. The exhibition includes artist/photographers Gary Green, Rosamond Purcell, Lauren Shaw, Leslie Bowman, Thomas Birtwhistle, John Stetson, Lisa Ennis, Christian Farnsworth, Jim Nickelson, nataliya slinkoand Michael Grillo.  Each artist has created a unique image that depicts their personal vision of nature, but also speaks to the viewer. The artists’ statements on labels express the stories behind their work. What Christian Farnsworth writes of his work speaks for many of the photographers. He writes, “My photographic inquiry explores the various ways we perceive the landscape.  I hope to render the photograph in a way that is more aligned with our own visual perceptions, while subsequently satisfying our human penchant to categorize the world through multiple perspectives.” “I employ the camera as a gathering tool, varying position and movement to complement our human response to visual stimuli.”

     Image: Thomas Birtwistle, Heron


  • 01 Oct 2015 3:50 PM | Anonymous
    October is AMERICAN ARCHIVES MONTH and in celebration of that, the Maine State Archives will be offering extended hours and public tours throughout October. 

    • Extended hours for researchers: Every Tuesday in October the Research Room will be open from 9am-7pm and every Saturday from 9am-1pm. (Excluding holidays, the regular business hours for the Research Room are M-F, 9am-4pm.)
    • Public tours of the Maine State Archives will be offered, free of charge, on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 5:30pm and Saturday, Oct. 31 at 10am. Archivists will discuss the bureau's work and show areas normally closed to the public. Reserve your spot by emailing your full name and phone number to kristen.muszynski@maine.gov or call 626-8404. Tours will be limited to 20 people; no large groups, please.

    The Maine State Archives is a bureau of the Department of the Secretary of State. Visit http://www.maine.gov/sos/arc or our Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/MaineStateArchives, for more information and updates about our plans for Archives Month this October.  

    Contact info: Maine State Archives, Cultural Building, 230 State St., Augusta, ME 04333, 207-287-5795, maine.archives@maine.gov


     
  • 24 Sep 2015 7:00 PM | Anonymous member

    Many legends surround the Finish-American photographer Kosti Ruohomaa, and it is said his life was “haunted”.  Ruohomaa was an award-winning photo journalist who shot iconic portraits of working Americans which appeared in LIFE, National Geographic, and other publications from 1940 to 1960, but Maine was always his favorite subject.  Deanna S. Bonner-Ganter, Curator of Photography at the Maine State Museum, has studied Kosti Ruohomaa for twenty years, and her biography of Ruohomaa will soon be published by Down East Books.  On Thursday, September 24 at 7:00 pm she will give an illustrated talk Close to the Land & Close to the Sea: The Photography of Kosti Ruohomaa at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Douglas and Margaret Carver Memorial Art Gallery, 11 Church Street, Searsport, Maine.  Tickets are $8, or  $5 for Museum members and Searsport residents.

    Close to the Land & Close to the Sea: The Photography of Kosti Ruohomaa is part of Exploring the Magic of Photography: Painting with Light, Penobscot Marine Museum’s first major exhibition of historic photography.  It includes four exhibits, a walk-in camera, a wall of selfies taken by museum visitors, an historic darkroom, tintype and cyanotype demonstrations, and workshops on making pin-hole cameras.  The four exhibits, Through Her Lens: Women Photographers of Mid-Coast Maine, 1890-1920; Twenty Best; Evolution of the Photographic Snapshot: 1888-2015; and The Carters and the Lukes - Selections from the Red Boutilier Collection are filled with inter-active opportunities for visitors including life-sized photographic cut-outs with which visitors may photograph themselves, an online exhibit of visitor photographs and comments, and QR codes and tablets providing access to audio clips of interviews, biographies, and commentary by historians, curators and professional photographers.

    About Penobscot Marine Museum

    Penobscot Marine Museum is in the historic seacoast village of Searsport, Maine.  Check the website for daily activities and events.  Eight of its twelve exhibit buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places.  The museum is open seven days a week, Memorial Day weekend through the third weekend in October.  For more information go to www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org or call the Visitors Center 207-548-0334 or Administrative Offices at 207-548-2529.


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