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Ruth Montgomery Print Contest

Ruth_Montgomery

Official Facebook Contest Rules

The contest is being held by Penobscot Marine Museum, P.O. Box 498, Searsport, ME 04974, and is for 1 16”x20” historic print from the Ruth Montgomery collection, a $60 value

Enter on Facebook

No purchase necessary
Eligible to participants worldwide
Contest will run from November 20, 2013 at 3:00 pm EST, until November 23, 2013 at 3:00pm EST
A random drawing will be held no later than November 25, 2013 at 5:00pm EST
The winner will be announced on the Penobscot Marine Museum’s Facebook page

The prize will be shipped to the winner no later than December 20, 2013
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook

Underfoot: Footwear, Hooked Rugs, In the Cellar and Below Decks

Left: Victorian Shoes, Right: Hooked Rug

Left: Victorian Shoes, Right: Hooked Rug

Opens on Friday, December 4th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Main Street Gallery with a holiday party including Christmas gingerbread houses, a book signing with five Maine authors, and the town of Searsport’s Holiday Tree Lighting.

This exhibit explores what is on your feet and what is under your feet.  Antique shoes from around the world, Maine hooked rugs, and a re-created nineteenth century ship’s cabin will all be on display.  The museum’s own cellar will be open to show the world of food storage before refrigeration.

Underfoot: Footwear, Hooked Rugs, In the Cellar and Below Decks runs through Saturday, February 22.  Museum Gallery, Shop and Framer hours are 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, Thursday through Saturday.  Museum Gallery, Shop and Framer, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine.

Underfoot Opening Holiday Party

Penobscot Marine Museum’s winter exhibit Underfoot: Footwear, Hooked Rugs, In the Cellar and Below Decks opens on Friday, December 6th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm with a holiday party including Christmas gingerbread houses, a book signing with five Maine authors, and the town of Searsport’s Holiday Tree Lighting.   The Tree Lighting will take place at 4:00 pm on the museum’s crescent and the party is in Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery and Shop on Route One in Searsport.

Five Maine writers of mystery, adventure, and children’s books: Kelly Brooks-Bay, Darcy Scott, John Cobb, Bob Branco and Angela Nickerson, will all be on hand to discuss and sign their books during this holiday party.  Christmas gingerbread houses made by local children and adults, including chefs at Anglers and other local restaurants, will be on display.  Come and vote for your favorite confection.  “People’s Choice” awards will be given to the best gingerbread house made by a child and by an adult.

Left: Victorian Shoes, Right: Hooked Rug

Left: Victorian Shoes, Right: Hooked Rug

The museum’s winter exhibit Underfoot: Footwear, Hooked Rugs, In the Cellar and Below Decks explores what is on your feet and what is under your feet.  Antique shoes from around the world, Maine hooked rugs, and a re-created nineteenth century ship’s cabin will all be a part of Penobscot Marine Museum’s exhibit.  The museum will even open up its own cellar to show the world of food storage before refrigeration.   Check our website for winter talks and workshops.

Holiday Party and Underfoot Opening at Penobscot Marine Museum

Media Contact: Kathy Goldner, kgoldner@pmm-maine.org, 207.548.2529 x216

Searsport, Maine, November 18, 2013 – Penobscot Marine Museum’s winter exhibit Underfoot: Footwear, Hooked Rugs, In the Cellar and Below Decks opens on Friday, December 6th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm with a holiday party including Christmas gingerbread houses, a book signing with five Maine authors, and the town of Searsport’s Holiday Tree Lighting.   The Tree Lighting will take place at 4:00 pm on the museum’s crescent and the party is in Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery and Shop on Route One in Searsport.

Underfoot-shoe-rug-collage

Left: Victorian Shoes, Right: Hooked Rug

Five Maine writers of mystery, adventure, and children’s books: Kelly Brooks-Bay, Darcy Scott, John Cobb, Bob Branco and Angela Nickerson, will all be on hand to discuss and sign their books during this holiday party.  Christmas gingerbread houses made by local children and adults, including chefs at Anglers and other local restaurants, will be on display.  Come and vote for your favorite confection.  “People’s Choice” awards will be given to the best gingerbread house made by a child and by an adult.

The museum’s winter exhibit Underfoot: Footwear, Hooked Rugs, In the Cellar and Below Decks explores what is on your feet and what is under your feet.  Antique shoes from around the world, Maine hooked rugs, and a re-created nineteenth century ship’s cabin will all be a part of Penobscot Marine Museum’s exhibit.  The museum will even open up its own cellar to show the world of food storage before refrigeration.   Check www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org for winter talks and workshops.

To enter your gingerbread house, or for more information on the museum’s Gingerbread Christmas, call Lin Calista at 207-548-0334.

Underfoot: Footwear, Hooked Rugs, In the Cellar and Below Decks runs through Saturday, February 22.  Museum Gallery, Shop and Framer hours are 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, Thursday through Saturday.  Museum Gallery, Shop and Framer, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine.  For more information call 207-548-0334 or 207-548-2529.

Historic Photos Taken by Steamboat Captain Now Available to Public

Media Contact: Kathy Goldner, kgoldner@pmm-maine.org, 207.548.2529 x216

KENNEBEC, Photo Courtesy Penobscot Marine Museum

KENNEBEC, Photo Courtesy Penobscot Marine Museum

SEARSPORT, ME, November 8, 2013 – In the 1890’s, Kennebec River steamboat captain James E. Perkins taught himself to take photographs with a 4”x 5” view camera using glass plate negatives. He often set up his tripod and large wooden camera with its squeeze-bulb activated shutter on the deck of his steamboat. These photographs, many of which were taken from the deck of a steamboat of views that a shore-bound photographer could never have made, make this collection unique.

Two Little Girls in Parlor, Photo Courtesy Penobscot Marine

Two Little Girls in Parlor, Photo Courtesy Penobscot Marine

“Capt. Perkins loved Popham Village where he grew up. He wanted to capture the feeling of the place and the era of steamboats, which took people to Bath, Boothbay, Boston and Augusta. He could see this way of life disappearing during his lifetime,” says Penobscot Marine Museum Photography Curator Kevin Johnson. “He sailed up and down the Kennebec River and photographed crowds waiting at the dock for a steamboat, harbors full of boats, houses filled with Victorian furniture, the shoreline, musicians, people swimming, cats sleeping, dogs barking, men plowing with horses and his friends and family. He wanted to create a record of the way life was. And he did.”

Popham Bathers, Photo Courtesy Penobscot Marine Museum

Popham Bathers, Photo Courtesy Penobscot Marine Museum

At age fifteen, Captain Perkins was hired as first mate on the steam tug ADELIA. The next summer he became the first mate on the PERCY V, and in 1889 he became its captain, making Perkins at age 22 the youngest captain on the Kennebec River. He later became captain of the DAMARIN, EL DORADO, ISLAND BELLE, WINTER HARBOR, ISLESFORD, and, finally, SABINO, before retiring. The SABINO is still in operation at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut, where it is preserved as an example of a large steam-powered watercraft.

Man in Rigging, Photo Courtesy Penobscot Marine Museum

Man in Rigging, Photo Courtesy Penobscot Marine Museum

Captain Perkins died in 1935, and his widow Sybil stored his negatives in their attic for the next ten years. Sybil’s niece Jane was interested in photography and when she was entrusted with the glass plate negatives she enlisted the help of Dr. Allen Milbury, Director of Educational Media from the University of Maine who taught her to print them. Most importantly, after printing the negatives Jane researched the images, identifying the people and places, and their historical significance. In doing this she preserved knowledge of the area and its people that would have otherwise been lost. In 1974 she published the photographs in the book One Man’s World: Popham Beach, Maine.

In 2012 Penobscot Marine Museum received this collection of over five hundred, mostly glass plate negatives, and now this visual historic record of the people and places of Popham Beach and the Kennebec River is available online to historians, researchers, students and the public at www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org. The photographs are also available for purchase.

For more information contact Penobscot Marine Museum at 207-548-2529 or go online www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org.

Knox County Through the Eastern Eye

Knox-County-ExhibitA selection of photographs from the Eastern Illustrating Collection featuring every town in Knox County with descriptive captions based on information received from the local historical societies and historians.
May & June
Friendship Town Office
6 Harbor Rd., Friendship, ME
Open to Public Mon-Fri 9:00am – 3:00pm and Tuesdays until 7:00pm
July & August
North Haven Historical Society Archive Building
P.O. Box 322 77 Pulpit Harbor Road, North Haven, ME 04853
207-867-4752
September & October
Maine Lighthouse Museum
One Park St., Rockland, ME 04841
(207) 594-3301

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For Those In Peril: Shipwrecks, Memorials, and Rescues

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Saturday, May 25 through Sunday, October 20, 2013

Explore with us the shipwrecks and near misses; the perfect storms and sudden squalls; those lost at sea and the families left behind; and the brave lifesavers and brilliant marine equipment innovators. Through the Museum’s collection of marine art, portraits, photographs, lifesaving equipment, original manuscripts and logbooks, small watercraft, models, and navigational instruments, the stories of “those in peril” will come alive in the summer of 2013.

This exhibit is funded in part by the Davis Family Foundation and the Maine Humanities Council.

Are Maine Scientists Changing America’s Energy Future?

Media Contact: Kathy Goldner, kgoldner@pmm-maine.org, 207.548.2529 x216

VolturnUS, the first grid-connected offshore wind turbine

VolturnUS, the first grid-connected offshore wind turbine

SEARSPORT, ME, October 18, 2013 – Maine scientists are leading the way nationally in wind and tide energy development, and important strides are being made in fisheries research. This year Penobscot Marine Museum’s history conference Fish, Wind and Tide: Maine’s Future Resources? on November 2 at Belfast’s Hutchinson Center brings together experts from Maine Maritime Academy, the Universities of Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and from Maine Department of Conservation, Tide Mill Institute, Island Institute, Conservation Law Foundation and Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative, to look at the past and to explore exciting new developments for the future of these resources.

Larry Parent, Assistant Director, Advanced Structures and Composites Center, University of Maine, Orono

Larry Parent, Assistant Director, Advanced Structures and Composites Center, University of Maine, Orono

Among the Conference speakers will be Larry Parent, Assistant Director of the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center. The Center is a world leader in composites research and made history last summer by deploying the first U.S. grid-connected wind turbine off the coast of Castine. The first U.S. grid-connected tidal energy project was also launched in Maine last summer, and Richard Armstrong, Executive Director of Tidal Energy Demonstration & Evaluation Center at Maine Maritime Academy will speak about developments in tidal power which will shape our future.

What economic impact will wind and tidal power have in Maine? Over $900 million in direct investment has been brought to Maine since 2006, according to Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative. Paul Williamson, Director and Industry Coordinator of the Initiative joins the Conference to discuss this potentially huge economic impact in Maine.

The Conference will also address our fisheries resource. University of New Hampshire Historic Fisheries Scientist Karen Alexander will speak about the history of the Gulf of Maine fisheries, and William Leavenworth, of the University of Massachusetts’ Environmental Conservation Department will help us see where the fisheries are headed.

How all of these new developments will affect our coastal resources will be discussed by Maine Dept. of Conservation’s Matthew Nixon, Maine Coastal Program, lobsterman Richard Nelson, Caitlin Cleaver, from the Island Institute and Robin Just of the Conservation Law Foundation.

Penobscot Marine Museum will sponsor tickets for high school students at half price. For more information call 207-548-2529 or visit the 2013 History Conference page. Click here to register online. The History Conference is on Saturday, November 2, 8:15 am to 5:00 pm at University of Maine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Avenue, Belfast, Maine. Tickets are $50 for Museum members, $60 for non-members, $50 for teachers and $30 for students. Conference price includes lunch if registration is received by Monday, October 28.

Fall 2013 Activities and Events

Thursday, October 3, 7:00 pm
Thursday Night Lecture Series
“How To Keep Warm and Stay Green”, a talk (rescheduled from the winter) by Matthew O’Malia, architect and partner of GO Logic. G O Logic designed the Belfast Area Co-housing Community and TerraHaus, a dormitory at Unity College. Their many awards include the Citation for Excellence in Architecture from AIA New England. They provide a comprehensive problem-solving approach to the design and construction of quality, sustainable, zero-energy buildings. Matthew will discuss the concepts and details of the highly-insulated passive solar house building. At PMM’s Stephen Phillips Memorial Library, 11 Church Street, Searsport. Tickets in advance $8 members, $10 non-members, or at the door $12 members, $15 non-members. To buy tickets call 207-548-2529.