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Unity College Professor Talks About Historic African-American Settlement in Troy, Maine

Chris Marshall

Chris Marshall

Unity College Professor Chris Marshall will give a talk  Knowing their place: two stories (and the truth) about an African-American settlement in Troy on Thursday, August 14, 7:00 pm at Penobscot Marine Museum as part of the museum’s exhibit “Do It Your Way”: Gee’s Bend Quilts & Quilters in Maine.

African-Americans have been in Maine since the very beginning of its settlement by Europeans, never in large numbers but always present.   People in the central Maine  town of Troy have local stories about an African-American settlement there in the late 1800’s, which is said to have been large and self-sufficient at one time but is now vanished. What was the reality of the place, and what was its fate?  Between 2004 and 2007, Chris Marshall and his Unity College students interviewed Troy residents, sought out old records, and excavated the site of the original settlement to discover the stories, and the truth, about what happened to the African-Americans of rural Waldo County.

Chris Marshall is professor of anthropology at Unity College. He researches the ecology and historical archaeology of early Euro-and Afro-American settlers in the Central Maine back-country, with emphasis on land-human interaction and landscape archaeology.

Knowing their place: two stories (and the truth) about an African-American settlement in Troy, illustrated talk by Chris Marshall on Thursday, August 14, 7:00 pm at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine.  Tickets are $10 for non-members and $8 for members.  To buy tickets call 207-548-2529 or 207-548-0334.

For museum information call Penobscot Marine Museum at 207-548-2529.  Penobscot Marine Museum has seven new exhibits and over fifty programs and events this season.  Its three acre, ten building campus is on Route One in Searsport, Maine and is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and on Sunday, noon to 5:00 pm.  The museum is open through Sunday, October 19.   Admission is free to members and to Searsport residents.

 

CORRECTION: The quilters of Gee’s Bend will not be at Penobscot Marine Museum opening on Saturday, August 2nd, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

“Do It Your Way”: Gee’s Bend Quilts & Quilters in Maine Opens at Penobscot Marine Museum

The opening reception for Penobscot Marine Museum’s “Do It Your Way”: Gee’s Bend Quilts & Quilters in Maine is Saturday, August 2nd from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. This exhibit, sponsored by Fiber College of Maine and the Emily and William Muir Community Fund of the Maine Community Foundation, will be at the museum’s Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine, from August 2nd through September 7th, 2014.

To meet the quilters: Gee’s Bend quilters China Pettway, Stella Mae Pettway, Revil Mosely and Lucy Mingo will be at Fiber College of Maine teaching quilting classes September 3rd through September 8th. On the evening of September 3rd the First Congregational Church of Searsport will host a New England boiled dinner, and a discussion forum and gospel singing with China Pettway, Stella Mae Pettaway, Revil Mosley and Lucy Mingo. The forum, during which two quilts will be raffled, will be moderated by Maine Center for Contemporary Art Director Suzette McAvoy. This event was organized by Fiber College of Maine and tickets are available through their website fibercollege.org or by calling (207) 548-6059.

Maine Fiberarts in Topsham, Maine also has an exhibit of Gee’s Bend quilts July 4th through August 30th. Maine Fiberarts, 13 Main St., Topsham, Maine has fiber exhibitions, studio tours, and networking events. For more information call 207-721-0678.

Crazy Quilt by Lucy Mongo

Crazy Quilt by Lucy Mongo

For more information call Penobscot Marine Museum at 207-548-2529. Penobscot Marine Museum has seven new exhibits and over fifty programs and events this season. Its three acre, ten building campus is on Route One in Searsport, Maine and is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and on Sunday, noon to 5:00 pm. The museum is open through Sunday, October 19. Admission is free to Searsport residents.

Fiber College of Maine, on Route One in Searsport, Maine, is the largest fiber arts education gathering on the East Coast. For more information call 207-548-6059.

Old Towns/New Country: The First Years of a New Nation

A workshop for teachers & local history enthusiasts sponsored by the Massachusetts Historical Society, Penobscot Marine Museum, and Castine Historical Society

Wednesday, August 6 and Thursday, August 7, 2014
Penobscot Marine Museum and Castine Historical Society
Searsport and Castine, Maine
8:30am — 3:30pm

Old Towns/New Country: The First Years of a New Nation is a two-day workshop exploring the use of local resources—documents, artifacts, landscapes, and the rich expertise in every town—to examine historical issues with a national focus. It concentrates on the period just after the American Revolution and the concerns and conflicts, hopes and fears, experiences and expectations of the people living in the Penobscot Bay and River area at a time of uncertainty, fragility, and possibility. This workshop, sponsored by Massachusetts Historical Society, Penobscot Marine Museum, and Castine Historical Society, is open to teachers, librarians, archivists, members of local historical societies, and all interested local history enthusiasts. Educators can earn 15 PDPs and 1 Graduate Credit (for an additional fee) from Framingham State University.

Photo: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co collection, Penobscot Marine Museum

Photo: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co collection, Penobscot Marine Museum

Workshop faculty will include the MHS Department of Education and Public Programs, Penobscot
Marine Museum and Castine Historical Society staff, archeologist Peter Morrison, Searsport
District High School history teacher Leanne Groening, and others. The program will also include
visits to the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, and the Castine Historical Society and
Witherle Woods in Castine.

The workshop will be held from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at Penobscot Marine Museum Library, 11 Church Street, Searsport, Maine on Wednesday, August 6 and at Castine Historical Society and Witherle Woods on Thursday, August 7. There is a $25 charge to cover lunches on two days; program and material costs have been generously funded by the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation.

For more information, or to register, please contact the education department at Massachusetts Historical Society at education@masshist.org or (617) 646-0557.

When Maine Built Draggers, Carriers and Smacks at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Maine Boatbuilders Forum

Join maritime historians Maynard Bray, Michael Crowley, and David Andrews on Thursday, August 7th at  7:00 pm at Penobscot Marine Museum to discuss the heyday of Maine’s building of draggers, carriers and smacks.  From the 1930’s to the 1970’s Maine was one of the biggest producers of these vessels built for commercial fishing.   The boatyards which built these boats include Harvey Gamage, Newbert & Wallace, Southwest Boat, and Washburn & Doughty.

Sardine Carrier Jacob Pike at Dix Island Weir, Photo by Kosti Ruohomaa, Maine Sardine Council Collection, PMM

Sardine Carrier Jacob Pike at Dix Island Weir, Photo by Kosti Ruohomaa, Maine Sardine Council Collection, PMM

Maynard Bray grew up in Rockland and was for many years the curator of the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Connecticut.  Mike Crowley is a writer for National Fisherman, and David Andrews is a South Bristol historian.  This program is in

PMM’s Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine.  Tickets are $8 for members and $10 for non-members.  For more information go to www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org or call 207-548-2529 or 0334.

Penobscot Marine Museum recreates an historic seacoast village and has fun family activities daily.  Penobscot Marine Museum, on Route One, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine is open May 24 through October 19, Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday noon to 5:00 pm.  Admission is free for Searsport residents and museum members.

 

Make a Watercolor Travel Journal at Penobscot Marine Museum

Bring your children and join author Lucinda Hathaway for a fun filled afternoon of high seas adventure and travel-inspired art on Friday, August 8th at 1:00 pm at Penobscot Marine Museum.  Lucinda will lead a workshop teaching children how to make a watercolor travel journal, and she will read from her two children’s sailing adventure books, one of which has a chapter set in Searsport! At Penobscot Marine Museum’s Peapod.  Free with Penobscot Marine Museum admission.

Left:Lucinda Hathaway aboard the Britannia Right: Round the World, Takashi Sails Home by Lucinda Hathaway

Left: Lucinda Hathaway aboard the Britannia
Right: Round the World, Takashi Sails Home by Lucinda Hathaway

Penobscot Marine Museum recreates an historic seacoast village and has fun family activities daily.  Penobscot Marine Museum, on Route One, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine is open May 24 through October 19, Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday noon to 5:00 pm.  Admission is free for Searsport residents and museum members. For more information go to www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org or call 207-548-2529 or 0334.

Traditional Knotted Netting Demonstrated at Penobscot Marine Museum

Knotted netting, or fishnetting, is one of the oldest human crafts, and is still used in Third World countries to make fishing nets, hammocks and bags.  Many Mainers remember when lobstermen made their own bait bags using knotted netting.  Stephanie Crossman, whose family lives on Vinalhaven, learned fishnetting twenty-five years ago from her husband’s great-grandmother, Gram J, who was ninety-two at the time.  Crossman was the only family member to take up the craft, and she inherited the net stand made for Gram J by her uncle, as well as Gram J’s, hand-carved needles and mesh boards.  Stephanie Crossman will be demonstrating fishnetting at Penobscot Marine Museum on Thursday, August 7th from 11:00 to 3:00 pm.  The demonstration is free with museum admission.

Fishnetting bags by Stephanie Crossman

Fishnetting bags by Stephanie Crossman

Stephanie Crossman’s fishnetting demonstration is part of Artisan Days: Demonstrations of 19th Century Crafts at Penobscot Marine Museum.  This program runs Thursdays in July and August and on Saturdays in September and October, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.  It is a collaboration with Boothbay Railway Village in Boothbay, Maine and is sponsored by Knickerbocker Group: Designers, Builders, Cabinetmakers, Caretakers.

Penobscot Marine Museum recreates an historic seacoast village and has fun family activities daily.  Penobscot Marine Museum, on Route One, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine is open May 24 through October 19, Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday noon to 5:00 pm.  Admission is free for Searsport residents and museum members. For more information go to www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org or call 207-548-2529 or 0334.

Children’s Program on Herring Fishing at Penobscot Marine Museum

Make your own fishing weir!  The Herring Are In!, a hands-on program about herring fishing with author and teacher Mayra Donnell will   engage children in play and craft activities.  Children will learn why the moon and tides have to be just right for the herring to be in.  They will fill the dory and take the fish to the “cannery”, and figure their profit depending on how many cans they can fill. Wednesday, August 6, 11:00 am at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Peapod.  Free with PMM admission.

Atlantic Herring

Penobscot Marine Museum recreates an historic seacoast village and has fun family activities daily.  Penobscot Marine Museum, on Route One, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine is open May 24 through October 19, Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday noon to 5:00 pm.  Admission is free for Searsport residents and museum members. For more information go to www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org or call 207-548-2529 or 0334.

Romantic Maritime Tale Brought to Life in Shadowbox for Penobscot Marine Museum Auction

French artist Anne-Emmanuelle Marpeau fell in love with Maine over twenty years ago and has been creating intricate shadow boxes inspired by romantic nineteenth century Maine maritime tales ever since.  Her unusual and very popular shadowboxes are on exhibit at Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland, Maine, but one of them, Escapade, will be at the Penobscot Marine Museum fundraising auction at Point Lookout in Northport, Maine on Saturday, July 19th .   Escapade depicts a rough sail in high seas on a stormy moonlit night.

Escapade, 14” x 18”, by Anne-Emmanuelle Marpeau

Escapade, 14” x 18”, by Anne-Emmanuelle Marpeau

In addition to Escapade, a lobstering trip with Linda Greenlaw is another of the many exciting items in the Penobscot Marine Museum fundraising auction.  Online bidding on items in the Silent Auction is at www.biddingforgood.com.  To bid on items in the Live Auction, including Escapade and Linda Greenlaw’s lobstering trip, you may either attend the auction or arrange to call in on the night of the auction.  To buy tickets for the Penobscot Marine Museum Gala & Auction at Point Lookout in Northport, Maine on Saturday, July 19th go to www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org or call 207-548-2529.

The Penobscot Marine Museum is on Route One in Searsport, Maine and has seven new exhibits and over fifty programs and events during the 2014 season.  Its three acre, ten building campus is open through October 19.  Museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday noon to 5:00 pm through Sunday.   Admission is free to members and Searsport residents.

Build a Wind Platform at Penobscot Marine Museum

Learn with your child all about the leading edge wind power technology being developed at University of Maine in Orono.  On Wednesday, July 30th from 11:00 to noon, an educator from the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center will lead Build a Wind Platform, ahands-on program for childrenin which you will learn to design, build, implement and test wind power technology components similar to those being used in an extensive University of Maine research program in deep water offshore wind power.  This Penobscot Marine Museum children’s program is free with museum admission.

windmill-single

Penobscot Marine Museum has family activities, seven new exhibits and over fifty programs and events this season.  Its three acre, ten building campus is on Route One in Searsport, Maine and is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and on Sunday, noon to 5:00 pm.  The museum is open through Sunday, October 19.   Admission is free to Searsport residents.

 

The Gulf of Maine – It’s a Habitat First at Penobscot Marine Museum

The Gulf of Maine is an important fish and mammal habitat.  On Thursday, July 31st at 7:00 pmMark Dittrick will discuss the Gulf of Maine as a habitat: its past, present, and what might be its future.  Mark Dittrick is the Founding Conservation Chair of the Atlantic Canada Chapter of Sierra Club Canada and Spokesperson for North Atlantic Right Whale BEACON (Binational Early Alert Coastal Network), a joint Sierra Club U.S./Sierra Club Canada initiative that monitors coastal activities from Florida to Atlantic Canada.  He is also a member of the Education Committee of the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium, Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for Right Whale World Year (2016) and a member of the editorial board of Right Whale News. In recent years his main focus has been monitoring plans for developing offshore renewable energy projects along the Atlantic Continental Shelf, especially in the Gulf of Maine.  The Gulf of Maine – It’s a Habitat Firstis part of Penobscot Marine Museum’s Fish, Wind, and Tide exhibit, and will be in the museum’s Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine.  Tickets are $8 for members and $10 for non-members.

Mark Dittrick

Mark Dittrick

Penobscot Marine Museum has seven new exhibits and over fifty programs and events this season.  Its three acre, ten building campus is on Route One in Searsport, Maine and is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and on Sunday, noon to 5:00 pm.  The museum is open through Sunday, October 19.   Admission is free to Searsport residents.