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  • 18 May 2020 5:46 PM | Anonymous member

    Rangeley Lakes Historical Society Calendar & Events

    Proudly Offering the Outdoor Heritage Museum & Rangeley  History Museum

    (All Events are Subject to Change due to the National Emergency)

    Admission for Outdoor Heritage Museum at the corner of Routes 4 & 17 in Oquossoc is as follows:

    Adults $5.00 Children 12 and under, active duty military and veterans are Free

    No admission at Rangeley History Museum, located on main St. in Downtown Rangeley

    Event Info as Follows

    Thursday, May 28th

    Historical Society Bean Supper at Bald Mountain Camps

    5:30 AM to 7:30 PM

    Bald Mountain Camps, Bald Mt Rd. Oquossoc

    The Rangeley Lakes Historical Society will host a bean supper at Bald Mountain Camps on the annual event at BMC will begin with a cocktail hour at 5:30 pm.  The evening will also feature live music by the Sandy River Ramblers a popular five-piece ensemble playing their original songs as well as some old favorites. There will also be a silent auction, door prizes, and a cash bar. Those planning to attend are encouraged to bring a favorite dessert to share for the always popular “Potluck Dessert”. A hearty meal of baked beans, hot dogs, biscuits, and coleslaw will be offered and a $7.00 donation per person in support is appreciated. The meal will be complimentary for seniors 65 and older. Those wishing to attend this fun community event are encouraged to RSVP by calling 864-3091, by 4 pm May 20th as seating is limited.

    Friday, May 22, 2020

    Outdoor Heritage Museum Opens for 2020 Season

    10am-4:00pm

    (Weds. -Sun. in May, June, Sept. & Oct. and 7 days a week in July & August)

    Corner of Rtes. 4 & 17, Oquossoc

    Rangeley’s rich outdoor history, traditions and personalities come alive in this museum located in the charming village of Oquossoc. The museum, named "Best Sporting Museum in New England" by Yankee Magazine (May 2014), is a “can’t be missed destination for visitors of Western Maine. The enchanting stories of icons like Carrie Stevens, Herb Welch, Fly Rod Crosby, Ed Grant, the Famous Rangeley Boat and so much more beckon. The art, adventures, lure and lore of the great outdoors is captured here!

    The museum gift shop features books, apparel, art, glassware and a wide variety of gifts.

    Friday, June 5th

    New Exhibit Opens at OHM - Vintage Maps of Maine, A Bicentennial Celebration”.

    10:00 AM – 4pm (Weds-Sun. in May, June, Sept. & Oct. and 7 days a week in July & August)

    Outdoor Heritage Museum, Corner of Rtes. 4 & 17, Oquossoc

    This exhibit will share an impressive collection of maps featuring Rangeley, Franklin & Oxford Counties and the State. The premiere artifact for this exhibit will be the rare map printed on linen cloth by Moses Greenleaf Esq. titled "Map of the District of Maine: From the Latest and Best Authorities (1822)". the twenty plus maps range from a 1798 Map of Maine to the first auto maps of the region from 1905. All in celebration of Maine's 200th Birthday. This Exhibit continues through October 12, 2020

    Sat., June 13, 2020

    Fly Tier Nate Wight at Outdoor Heritage Museum

    11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

    Corner of Rtes. 4 & 17, Oquossoc

    Nate Wight founded North Woods Fly Co. in 2015. He is well known for his innate ability to tie high-quality, innovative flies. Come to OHM and learn some techniques and learn from this excellent tier, guide and angler!

    June 20, 2020 10-4pm

    Master Fly Tier Selene Dumaine @ Outdoor Heritage Museum

    Corner of Rtes. 4 & 17, Oquossoc

    Celebrated Fly-tier Selene Dumaine will be displaying her skills in a live fly-tying demonstration during the Lupine Festival. Dumaine is a widely recognized and accomplished tier known for her mastery of Carrie Stevens' techniques and patterns. She ties without a vise just as Carrie did. She has compiled an impressive collection of her unique original patterns, including "Don's Legacy" in honor of OSHM's Founder, Don Palmer.  Her presentation-quality streamers and flies will be available for purchase at the museum and she is always happy to help others with their technique and skill development.  Call (207) 864-3091 for more information

    Friday, June 26, 2020

    Rangeley History Museum Opens

    2472 Main Street, Rangeley

    11:00am-4:00pm (Tues.-Sunday (opens at Noon on Sunday) until August 30

    Sat. & Sunday only in Sept.

    This beautiful little museum located in the center of town is housed in the old Rangeley Trust Co. and operated by the Rangeley Lakes Historical Society. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and once served as the Town Office and Jail. The Jail cell is now an exhibit in the basement. The museum features town history including agricultural, railroad, steamship, business and family history to name just a few of many subjects. In 2020 we will open new exhibits highlighting the Narrow-Gauge Railroad and Rangeley's 1st Airmail Service in 1938. Vintage film, photos, 3D stereograph images, documents and antique artifacts all share the charming & colorful stories of old Rangeley and the surrounding townships. Admission is Free and Donations are Welcome

    http://www.rangeleyhistoricalsociety.org

    June 27, 2020

    Fly Tier Peter Simonson at Outdoor Heritage Museum

    11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

    Corner of Rtes. 4 & 17, Oquossoc

    Peter Simonson has been fly tying for about 13 years, initially just creating flies needed for fishing. He enjoys tying Rangeley style streamers. He became interested in tying these flies in about 2006. Peter has tied at the International Fly-Tying Symposium and many of the Largest Fly Fishing Shows up and down the East Coast. Peter has studied streamer tying under Jack Pangburn and Mike Martinek and is a master in his craft. Come learn tips from one of the best and purchase some of his beautiful flies for framing or fishing. Call (207) 864-3091 for more information

    July 9 at 6:30 pm

    Historical Society Annual Meeting and Film Presentation of “Maine at 200”

    at Lakeside Theatre in downtown Rangeley.

    Join the Board of Directors of RLHS for a brief meeting to elect officers and share the status and plans of your Historical Society. Come enjoy cake and ice cream in celebration of Maine’s 200th Birthday! Intermission will be followed by a film presentation of “Maine at 200”, a documentary of the history of Maine since its founding in 1820 will be shown in celebration of our State’s Bicentennial. This unique film shares the state’s story in a comprehensive decade-by-decade timeline. Admission in support of the Historical Society is just $5.00 per person. Concessions will be provided by the RFA. 

    June 11, 2020

    Expert Fly Tier Jim Dionne at Outdoor Heritage Museum

    11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

    Corner of Rtes. 4 & 17, Oquossoc

    Come learn to tie Flies and explore proven techniques to tie better flies that catch fish with Expert Tier, Jim Dionne. Jim will share his expertise and will have some of his great flies available for purchase. Call (207) 864-3091 for more information

    July 11, 2020 

    International Fly-Fishing Film Festival 

    Lakeside Theater, Rangeley

    Film Starts at 7:00pm, Doors open 6:30pm for Silent Auction, Raffle and Cocktails

    All new films for 2020! You don't have to be an angler to enjoy this collection of short films and breathtaking cinematography. This event will also feature a raffle and silent auction offering art, gear, trips and more. Adult refreshments and theatre munchies will be available at the concession stand in support of Rangeley Friends of the Arts. Come support two great non-profits!

    This fun event supports the efforts and programs of the Outdoor Heritage Museum.  Tickets $12.00 in advance ($15.00 at the door if not already sold out) available at the Outdoor Heritage Museum in Oquossoc, at Rangeley History Museum in Downtown Rangeley OR Online now at:

    https://www.showclix.com/event/if42020rangeleyme/tag/widget

    July 17, 2020 7PM

    19thCentury Rangeley in 3D

    Lakeside Theatre in Rangeley

    This is an all new presentation for 2020 …of the very popular program the Historical Society has presented for the last 3 years.

    This unique show premiered on features an entirely new collection of stereoviews not shared in 2019 nearly sold-out event. This new collection of 19thCentury “Stereoview” images has been converted by the Historical Society to now share on the big screen by using modern 3D glasses. The fun evening will also feature a collection of rare regional short films as well.  The Stereoviews, Vintage Photos and Films will be accompanied by Live Music by the Sandy River Ramblers and narration by Executive Director, Bill Pierce.  Please join us and step back in time to view the Rangeley region as it was 130 years ago! There will be a cash bar and the popcorn will be poppin’ in support of the Rangeley Friends of the Arts.

    Tickets are just $10.00 in support of the museums and programs of the Rangeley Lakes Historical Society and are available in advance at the Outdoor Heritage Museum, in Oquossoc, or the Rangeley History Museum in downtown Rangeley. Come step back in time and support the efforts of your Historical Society at this fun and entertaining evening!

    August 6th

    The Historical Society invites you to a Bicentennial screening of “Maine at 200”

    Lakeside Theatre, Rangeley at 7pm

    “Maine at 200” is an interesting documentary film covering the history of Maine since its founding in 1820 in celebration of our State’s Bicentennial. This is the full-length feature version shares the state’s story in a Comprehensive decade-by-decade timeline. A Q&A session with the producer will follow the screening. Admission in support of the Historical Society is just $5.00 per person. Concessions will be provided by the RFA. Advance Tickets will be available at the Outdoor Heritage Museum, in Oquossoc, or the Rangeley History Museum in downtown Rangeley or at the door.

    August 14, 2020

    19thCentury Rangeley in 3D

    Lakeside Theatre in Rangeley

     This is an encore performance of an all new presentation for 2020.

     (1st Screening was on July 17)  

    This unique show features an entirely new collection of stereoviews not shared in 2019 nearly sold-out event. This collection of 19th Century “Stereoview” images has been converted by the Historical Society to now share on the big screen by using modern 3D glasses. The fun evening will also feature a collection of rare regional short films as well.  The Stereoviews, Vintage Photos and Films will be accompanied by Live Music by the Sandy River Ramblers and narration by Executive Director, Bill Pierce.  Please join us and step back in time to view the Rangeley region as it was 130 years ago! There will be a cash bar and the popcorn will be poppin’ in support of the Rangeley Friends of the Arts. Tickets are just $10.00 and support the museums and programs of the Rangeley Lakes Historical Society and are available in advance at the Outdoor Heritage Museum, in Oquossoc, or the Rangeley History Museum in downtown Rangeley. Come step back in time and support the efforts of your Historical Society at this fun and entertaining evening!

    August 15, 2020 

    Oquossoc Day

    On the Grounds of the Outdoor Heritage Museum 

    10:00am-4:00pm

    The Village of Oquossoc Celebrates! Over 35 Vendors will fill the grounds of the Outdoor Heritage Museum for an Annual Art, Crafts & Antique Show. Many other events take place throughout the day and around the village including a waterski show, "Sink the Bismarck" Seaplane event, First Responders Challenge Cup featuring Rangeley Boat Rowing races, kayak & blind canoe races! There will also be boat parade, food and more!! A great family fun day.

    August 15, 2020

    Fly Tier Scott Biron at Outdoor Heritage Museum

    11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

    Corner of Rtes. 4 & 17, Oquossoc

    Join expert Fly Tier Scott Biron to learn his secrets and techniques for tying awesome flies that catch big Trout and Salmon! Call (207) 864-3091 for more information

    September 5, 2020

    Fly Tier Justin Crouse at Outdoor Heritage Museum

    11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

    Corner of Rtes. 4 & 17, Oquossoc

    Justin Crouse of Guide's Choice Flies is an avid angler and superb tier of flies. He is a regular featured tier at Fly Fishing Shows and exhibitions throughout New England. Justin focuses on traditional patterns effective for Northern New England waters. He is very helpful and is happy to share tips and techniques with accomplished and novice tiers. Call (207) 864-3091 for more information

    6th Annual Rangeley Regatta

    September 25, 2020

    12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Outdoor Heritage Museum, Corner of Rtes. 4 & 17, Oquossoc

    The Rangeley Regatta features teams of students from Stratton, Kingfield, Strong, Phillips, Mt Blue and Rangeley middle school in a fun day of learning and competition. The Rangeley Lakes Region Historical Society will host the 6th edition of the Rangeley Regatta at its Outdoor Heritage Museum and the nearby Oquossoc Cove on Rangeley Lake. Events include: Canoe Relay, Kayak Relay, Boys and Girls Crew style races in the museum's fleet of classic Rangeley boats. Other events include Art, Poetry, Public Speaking, Outdoor Team Trivia, Fly Casting, Fly Tying and boys & girls One Mile Road Race. Medals are awarded as well as points towards the Rangeley Regatta Cup. High schools from the central Maine also compete in all water events and then mentor and coach the Middle School Teams. Come cheer on these great kids. Call (207) 864-3091 for more information

     

  • 07 May 2020 10:48 AM | Anonymous member

    These Strange and Unusual Times: 
    Sharing Our Experiences Through Objects

    The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum invites you
    to participate in a virtual Pop-Up Museum!

    Submissions accepted May 7 – May 12, 2020

    Email a photograph of an object, along with a 100-word description to pmam@bowdoin.edu

    Ten years from now, what object do you imagine you will associate with this strange and extraordinary time? Something that reminds you of a person, event, or activity? Perhaps something that by its feel, scent, or even taste will evoke memories of COVID-19-dominated spring 2020? 

    The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum invites you to contribute a photograph of your chosen object to our first-ever virtual Pop-Up Museum. A Pop-Up Museum is a temporary exhibit created by people who come together to display special objects and share stories about them. Usually, a Pop-Up Museum lasts a few hours in a physical space and then it is gone! This one will be different because, well, these are unusual times!

    Once you have selected an item, send us a photograph of it, along with a short explanation of why this object has meaning to you. Submissions should be sent to pmam@bowdoin.edu by May 12, 2020.

    The museum will compile contributions and create a Pop-Up exhibition on the Arctic Museum’s website. We will send you a link to the exhibit once it is posted so you can participate in an opening event and share the exhibit with family and friends. 

    Guidelines:

    • It will be hard, but select one item only!

    • Email us a photograph of the item (jpeg format, please).

    • Include a short explanation in the body of your email, no more than 100 words.

    • Provide your name and that of your community. Also, tell us whether we can associate your name with your object, or whether you wish to remain anonymous.

    Arctic Museum’s Very Convenient Hours  •  Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week online Free participation  Open to people of all ages

    www.bowdoin.edu/arctic-museum/

  • 22 Apr 2020 11:53 AM | Anonymous member

    Join us for Digital AMIM on Saturday, May 16 from 2 to 8 pm (EST)! 

    The Abbe is bringing it's annual Abbe Museum Indian Market to a virtual stage. Digital AMIM will be a one-day online event scheduled from 2-8 pm on Saturday, May 16, 2020. Event-goers will have the chance to meet some of the 2020 Abbe Museum Indian Market artists, learning more about them, their process, and their body of work. Allowing artists to connect directly with the community to educate and also sell their wares. In addition to spotlighting artists, Digital AMIM will include performances (ranging from dancers to singers, and everything in between) and educational programming. At the end of the evening, there will also be a film screening and panel discussion.

    “We are extremely excited about Digital AMIM. The Abbe Museum's mission is ‘Inspiring new learning about the Wabanaki Nations with every visit.’ The health crisis created a situation where the public can't come to visit us, so with Digital AMIM we're bringing our mission into your homes. We invite you to join us throughout the event both to support the AMIM artists and engage in the opportunity to learn about Native arts from the artists themselves.” - Chris Newell, Executive Director & Senior Partner to Wabanaki Nations

    Learn more about Digital AMIM and meet the artists here > 

  • 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 (traditionalkayaks.com). 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 info@wilsonmuseum.org, 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. 


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