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Historic Photographs from Penobscot Marine Museum at Maine’s 2015 Antique Paper Show

Postcard of Searsport, collection of Penobscot Marine Museum

Postcard of Searsport, collection of Penobscot Marine Museum

Historic images from Penobscot Marine Museum’s collection of over 140,000 photographs will be available at the Maine 2015 Antique Paper Show on Saturday, June 27, from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at the First Congregational Church Vestry, 8 Church Street, Searsport. This show complements the museum’s photography exhibit Exploring the Magic of Photography: Painting with Light, which includes a gigantic walk-in camera obscura.

Penobscot Marine Museum’s collection of historic photographs began with a collection of negatives from a turn-of-the-nineteenth-century postcard company, Eastern Illustrated & Publishing Company of Belfast, Maine. Postcards, which were hugely popular in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, and their glass plate negatives still have a significant presence in the museum’s collection. They paint a picture with words as well as images of life a hundred years ago.

The Maine 2015 Antique Paper Show: Postcards and Paper Collectibles includes thousands of vintage postcards, old maps, historic photographs, sheet music, and paper ephemera. Free appraisals for your paper collectibles will be available from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Admission is $2, and includes $2 off of a Penobscot Marine Museum admission ticket.

For more information call Kevin Johnson at 207-548-2529 ext.210.

Three Forgotten Women Photographers Brought to Light

Earl G. Shettleworth, photo by Joe Phelan/Kennebec-Journal

Earl G. Shettleworth, photo by Joe Phelan/Kennebec-Journal

Between 1900 and 1940 many Maine photographers made “real photo” post cards of local scenes and events. At a time when most professional photographers were men, three women largely forgotten today created memorable artistic images which provide rich insights into how Maine people lived and worked in inland towns and coastal villages a century ago.  In his illustrated lecture The Land and Sea of Three Maine Women Photographers: The Real Photo Post Cards of Thurza Foss, Minnie Libby, and Josephine Townsend, Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., explores the beautiful photography of Thurza Foss (1860-1937) of Harmony, Minnie Libby (1863-1947) of Norway, and Josephine Townsend (1900-1981) of Monhegan.

Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. is Maine State Historian and Director and State Historic Preservation Officer of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission.  The Land and Sea of Three Maine Women Photographers: The Real Photo Post Cards of Thurza Foss, Minnie Libby, and Josephine Townsend is Thursday, June 18, 7:00 pm in Penobscot Marine Museum’s Douglas and Margaret Carver Memorial Art Gallery, 11 Church Street, Searsport, Maine.  Tickets are $8; $5 for Searsport residents and Penobscot Marine Museum members.  For tickets click here or call 207-548-2529 or 207-548-0334.

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Exploring The Magic of Photography

he four exhibits in Exploring the Magic of Photography are 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. On Friday, May 22nd from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm the public is invited to the opening reception for the 2015 season, which will be held in the newly renovated Visitors Center on the Crescent, 2 Church Street, Searsport.

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Searsport High School Students Discuss Moving Stories of Maine Veterans

Uniforms from Memoirs of War: A Soldier’s Seabag at Penobscot Maine Museum.

Uniforms from Memoirs of War: A Soldier’s Seabag at Penobscot Maine Museum.

This winter five Searsport District High School seniors, Connor Fraser, Dylon Grant, Kevin Keniston, Anthony Powers, and Bartley Santos, curated an exhibit, Memoirs of War: A Soldier’s Seabag, which opened this spring at the Penobscot Marine Museum. Working with PMM assistant curator Cipperly Good and SDHS teacher Kathleen Jenkins, the students chose objects from Penobscot Marine Museum’s collection, researched the objects, researched the wars, and interviewed Maine veterans about their war experiences. Using objects the veterans took with them to war and objects they brought back home, this exhibit tells the story of ten Maine veterans’ wartime experiences from WW II to the present. On Wednesday, June 17, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, the students, two of whom are joining the Army National Guard this summer, will share with the public the moving stories they discovered while curating the exhibit. In Penobscot Maine Museum’s Douglas and Margaret Carver Memorial Art Gallery, 11 Church Street, Searsport, Maine. Admission is free.

Award-winning Maine Boat Builder in Film at Penobscot Marine Museum

Ralph Stanley: An Eye for Wood is a moving documentary on the extraordinary life of world-renowned Maine Master Boat Builder Ralph Stanley. Stanley, the son of a lobsterman, grew up on Mt. Desert Island and began building wooden boats in the early 1950’s. He has built more than 70 fine wooden boats including working lobster boats, Friendship sloops, lobster boats, yachts, dories, and rowboats. In 1999 Stanley received a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship, recognizing his artistic excellence and contribution to our national traditional arts heritage.

Ralph Stanley

Ralph Stanley

Ralph Stanley is well-known not just for his boats, but also as a master story-teller, genealogist, and musician.  Award-winning Maine Filmmaker Jeff Dobbs tells the story of the entire Stanley family, their importance to American and Maine craftsmanship, and their way of life on Mount Desert Island and the Cranberry Isles in the twentieth century.

Ralph Stanley: An Eye for Wood, will be shown Thursday, June 4, 7:00 pm in Penobscot Marine Museum’s Douglas and Margaret Carver Memorial Art Gallery, 11 Church Street, Searsport, Maine.  Tickets are $8; $5 for museum members.  Call 207-548-0334 for tickets or click here to purchase online.

Maiden Voyage for Searsport Student Creations

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“It’s the town’s DNA, so it really works especially well for Searsport,” says boat building instructor Greg Rossel.

Boat building and sea fairing is the heart of the town’s long history.

High schoolers from Searsport District High School continued that tradition with the launch of three shellback dinghy’s they built themselves.The boat-building class is made possible by Wayne and Lorraine Hamilton.

“Just like math class, you learn a lot more hands on, you’re never bored,” explained 10th grader Cameron Watt.

That hands-on work kept students interested who’d never even thought of boat building.

“It’s pretty interesting actually. You get to build some boats. It’s actually a really hard process. You have to epoxy stuff,” said Rhonda Howard, also a 10th grader.

The idea is to bring together math and science from conventional classes in a real world setting.

“Boat building is a great metaphor for all the classes that they’ve been taking at school, whether it’s math, science, geometry,” Rossel said.

“If we wanted to do this after high school, we could get a job in it because we have some experience,” said Watt.

At the maiden launch there’s always one concern.

“I hope they don’t sink,” said Howard, with a laugh.

Click here to see the video.

Bizarre Chair on Exhibit at Penobscot Marine Museum

A bizarre cage-chair on wheels, built in 1896 as a deterrent to Maine’s hobos, will be on display as part of Penobscot Marine Museum’s 2015 exhibit Exploring the Magic of Photography: Painting with Light.  The chair, which is on loan to the Penobscot Marine Museum from the Bangor Historical Society, was designed and apparently used by Oakland, Maine deputy sheriff Sanford J. Baker, but he failed to get the Maine Legislature to adopt it state-wide.  The chair was then exhibited during  parades as a side-show.  Around 1920 a photograph was taken of the chair with a bystander posing inside.  This photograph and the chair will both be on exhibit at Penobscot Marine Museum this summer.

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Hobo/Tramp Chair, Penobscot Marine Museum

“We are grateful to the Bangor Historical Society for the loan of this unusual object, said Kevin Johnson, Penobscot Marine Museum’s photo archivist.  “It is exciting to have the real object to exhibit next to the photograph.”  The chair currently resides at the Bangor Police Department.  It weighs 800 pounds and is being transported by special arrangement with American Concrete Industries in Veazie.

“Sharing pieces of history is an important part of our mission,” Bangor Historical Society Executive Director Melissa Gerety said. “Partnerships like this allow more people a chance to learn about the history of our region.”

The Hobo Chair and photograph are one of many unusual exhibits in Exploring the Magic of Photography: Painting with Light.  Museum visitors will be able to walk into a huge camera, step inside an historic darkroom, watch a tintype being made, make a cyanotype photograph, make a pin-hole camera, take a photograph with a pin-hole camera, take photographs of themselves standing beside images of people from the 1880’s, add their own photographs to an online museum exhibit, and add their selfies to the museum’s “Wall of Selfies”.  On Friday, May 22nd from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm the public is invited to the opening reception for the 2015 season, which will be held in the newly renovated Visitors Center on the Crescent, 2 Church Street, Searsport.  Exploring the Magic of Photography: Painting with Light is at Penobscot Marine Museum May 23 through October 18.

The Bangor Historical Society has been preserving, protecting and sharing the rich history of the Bangor Region since 1864. The BHS is based in the historic Thomas A. Hill House at on the corner of Union and High Streets in Bangor. It houses one of the nation’s largest Civil War collections, a number of items from Bangor businesses and families as well as an extensive photo collection. During the summer season the BHS offers a number of walking tours telling the tales of Bangor and its people. The Bangor Historical Society and Thomas A. Hill House Museum is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning June 2nd. Call 942-1900 or visit http://www.bangorhistoricalsociety.org for more information.

Seasonal Assistant Store Manager Position

Job Description: Penobscot Marine Museum is seeking an Assistant Store Manager for the 2015 season, mid-May to late October. This position will handle daily museum operations including admissions, museum shop and membership sales, security, light housekeeping, and opening and closing the museum. The Assistant Store Manager will be the lead staff person on weekends working with museum interpreters to ensure the smooth operation of the museum, including answering questions, directing inquiries to the correct department and managing the security system.
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