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

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

Wednesday, August 6 and Thursday, August 7, 2014
Searsport, Maine
8:30am — 3:30pm

This two-day workshop will explore how to use local resources—documents, artifacts, landscapes, and the rich expertise in every town—to examine historical issues with a national focus. We will concentrate on the period just after the 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. We will investigate such questions as: What was it like to live in a town that had existed for decades in a country that was new? When the nation was first forming after the Revolution, what were people in our town/region worried about? How much did the geography, economy, culture, and social makeup of our region influence those concerns? How can we find out? What resources/pieces of evidence does our community have that relate to this time period and the people living in it? How can we best present this evidence and allow people of all ages to discover answers to some of these questions? How does our local focus add a crucial dimension to our understanding of a key period in American history?

Workshop faculty will include local historians, educators and museum/archives professionals. The program will also include visits to early American fortifications and sites of interest.

The workshop is open to teachers, librarians, archivists, members of local historical societies, and all interested local history enthusiasts. 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. Educators can earn 15 PDPs and 1 Graduate Credit (for an additional fee) from Framingham State University.

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

Penobscot Marine Museum’s Hancock County Photography Exhibit Travels to Sedgwick

Penobscot Marine Museum’s historic photography exhibit Hancock County Through Eastern’s Eye will be at the Sedgwick Town Meeting House, 574 North Sedgwick Rd., Sedgwick, from Monday, July 1st through Thursday, July 31st.  There will be an opening reception on Monday, July 1st from 4:00pm to 6:00pm.  This exhibit is hosted by the Sedgwick-Brooklin Historical Society and admission is free.

Hancock County Through Eastern’s Eye is part of the Blue Hill peninsula’s Touring Through Time: Keeping Our Past Present series of events and exhibits featured at area historical societies and museums this summer.  “This exhibit definitely helps to keep our past present,” says Kevin Johnson, Penobscot Marine Museum’s Photography Archivist.   “People love to see what has changed, or not, over time.  And seeing photographs of their town in a travelling exhibit sparks a pride of place and an interest in local history.”

High School, Sedgwick ME courtesy Penobscot Marine Museum

High School, Sedgwick ME courtesy Penobscot Marine Museum

An online exhibit on the museum’s website includes many additional Hancock County images.   This exhibit is also online on the Maine Memory Network.

The photographs in Hancock County Through Eastern’s Eye are of places people loved.  A century ago the founder of Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company sent his crews with their box cameras into tiny towns telling them to ask local citizens what they should photograph, what was important to them about their town.   This makes the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company photos aesthetically beautiful and historically important.

The Eastern collection is the largest single photographic collection in Maine, consisting of nearly 50,000 images of Maine and the rest of New England and upstate New York. Most of the photos are on glass-plate negatives.   The Penobscot Marine Museum is raising funds to acquire more of Eastern’s negatives, and has recently added a searchable database online to their website which includes nearly 30,000 Eastern Illustrating photographs. Photo prints are available from the museum, with proceeds from their sale going to expand the collection.  The exhibit was funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts and is part of four county exhibits the Penobscot Marine Museum will produce.

For more information go to www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org.  For exhibit hours call 207-359-8900.

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

Cooking with Fire at Penobscot Marine Museum

 Cooking with Fire by Paula Maroux

Cooking with Fire by Paula Maroux

On Tuesday, July 1, at 7:00 pm, food historian and wood-fired oven builder Paula Marcoux will talk about her new book, Cooking With Fire: From Roasting on a Spit to Baking in a Tannur, Rediscovered Techniques and Recipes That Capture the Flavors of Wood-Fired Cooking, at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery. Cooking with Fire is a comprehensive and often humorous examination of live-fire cooking across cultures and throughout the ages, with over 100 recipes, and copies will be available for Paula to sign.

Paula Marcoux is a consultant for museums, film producers, and publishers. Her training is in archaeology and cooking, and she enjoys applying the knowledge of past cooks and artisans to today’s food experience. She builds wood-fired ovens both experimentally and for use, and gives workshops on natural leavening, historic baking, and wood-fired cooking. For more information go to our event listing or call 207-548-2529.

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

American Merchant Marine Veterans Oral History Project at Penobscot Marine Museum

Merchant mariners have contributed significantly to the security and prosperity of the nation. In order to record and preserve the stories of merchant mariners, Seamen’s Church Institute has researchers across the US conducting interviews with these mariners for the American Merchant Marine Veterans Oral History Project. The Penobscot Marine Museum is partnering with the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) to host a day of oral history interviews on June 24, 2014, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Stephen Phillips Memorial Library (11 Church St., Searsport, ME).

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Merchant mariners are invited to come to the museum to record their stories with SCI researchers and volunteers. Photo archivists at the museum will also be gathering feedback from mariners on their photo collections. The interviews will be archived and made available as a robust online repository of stories of the sea.

“Merchant mariners have a unique perspective,” says SCI researcher and Frankfort resident Michele Christle. “They can come from big cities or provincial towns and travel to some of the most remote parts of the world. While sailing has changed from what it was mid-twentieth century, sailors always have stories—stories we can learn a great deal from.” A daughter of a merchant seaman herself, Christle was raised on sea stories.

Toiling on board ships often months at a time, merchant mariners work out of the public eye, but SCI—since its very beginnings—has endeavored to bring their labors to light. Through its American Merchant Marine Veterans Oral History Project, SCI helps mariners gain recognition and dignity in the historic record through their own words and voices. Johnathan Thayer, SCI archivist and the founder of the project, has interviewed veteran mariners in the port of New York and New Jersey.

The Penobscot Marine Museum will be offering reduced admission for mariners on the day of the interviews ($6).

Mariners interested in participating should RSVP to Maine-based SCI researcher Michele Christle at michele.christle@gmail.com or at 603-781-9848 to schedule a time for an interview. If transportation or health is an issue, mariners are encouraged to contact Michele Christle for alternative participation methods.

For more information about this event, please contact:
Michele Christle:
603-781-9848
michele.christle@gmail.com

Maine 2014 Antique Paper Show: Postcards and Paper Collectibles

The Maine 2014 Antique Paper Show: Postcards and Paper Collectibles will be at the First Congregational Church Vestry, 8 Church Street, Searsport on Saturday, June 28, from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. This popular annual show includes thousands of vintage postcards, old maps, Penobscot Marine Museum 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.

Post Card Store in St. Stephen, N.B. from Penobscot Marine Museum.

Post Card Store in St. Stephen, N.B. from Penobscot Marine Museum.

The first American postcard was printed in 1873 and the sending and collecting of them quickly became a craze. Postcards provide important historical information about the landscape, architecture and the clothing of the early 19th century. The collecting of postcards is called deltiology, and it is the third largest collecting hobby world-wide.

For more information go to our calendar listings or call Kevin Johnson at 207-548-2529 ext.210. Penobscot Marine Museum on Route One in Searsport has seven new exhibits and over fifty programs and events during the 2014 season. It is open Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and Sunday noon to 5:00 pm through Sunday, October 19.

Wind Power, Past, Present and Future with Steve Hallee

Steve Hallee

Steve Hallee

On Thursday, June 26, at 7:00 pm Steve Hallee will present Catching the Wind as part of Penobscot Marine Museum’s Thursday Night Lecture Series. Halle’s talk will range from the latest in offshore wind power technology, to the ways in which ancient peoples captured wind power not only for sailing but also for grinding corn and pumping water. He will discuss the generation of wind on earth by the sun in our atmosphere, illustrate how sails and windmill blades have changed over the years to optimize how much power they catch from the wind, and discuss the latest Sailing America’s Cup designs. Hallee is a Maine native, science teacher, inventor and founder of several companies including Green Ridge Energy, Tecwind, Sensaflo and Silverleaf Instruments. Catching the Wind will be at PMM’s Main Street Gallery. Tickets are $8 for members and $10 for non-members.

For more information click here to veiw this event on our calendar listings or call 207-548-2529.

Penobscot Marine Museum on Route One in Searsport has seven new exhibits and over fifty programs and events during the 2014 season. It is open Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and Sunday noon to 5:00 pm through Sunday, October 19.

Historic Coastal Way of Life Documented in Photography Exhibit at Penobscot Marine Museum

Lisa Tyson Ennis takes photographs the slow, old-fashioned way with medium and large format cameras, black and white film, and long exposures. She hand-prints her images one by one in a traditional wet dark room. The subjects that intrigue her are also old-fashioned and disappearing. Her exhibit at Penobscot Marine Museum, What Once Was – Our Changing Fisheries, documents, in her haunting and unusual style, a pre-industrial way of making a living from the sea which is nearly extinct. The opening reception for Ennis’s exhibit is Saturday, June 28, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in PMM’s Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main St, Searsport, Maine. The exhibit will be at PMM through Tuesday, July 29.

Fishing Weir Study IX Campobello by Lisa Tyson Ennis

Fishing Weir Study IX Campobello by Lisa Tyson Ennis

Lisa Tyson Ennis lives in Lubec, Maine and is fascinated by weir fishing, a sustainable way of herring fishing which used to be practiced in Maine and is now only found in the Maritimes. She travels the coast and photographs weirs when she finds them, hoping to make a final record of these historic weirs before they disappear entirely. She also visits and photographs remote fishing communities in Newfoundland which can only be reached by boat. Many of these remote communities are abandoned, having been “re-settled” by the government when cod fishing declined.

Lisa Tyson Ennis’s photographs are in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Tides Institute in Eastport, the Delaware Art Museum, and the Portland Museum of Art. What Once Was – Our Changing Fisheries is at Penobscot Marine Museum Saturday, June 28 through Tuesday, July 29. Penobscot Marine Museum, on Route One in Searsport, has seven new exhibits and over fifty programs and events during the 2014 season. It is open Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and Sunday noon to 5:00 pm through Sunday, October 19.

Build a Row Boat with Cardboard at Penobscot Marine Museum

If you have ever wanted to build your own row boat you will want to come to the Cardboard Boat Workshop on Saturday and Sunday, June 21 and 22, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Hamilton Learning Center, 89 East Main St (Route One) in Searsport. Admission is free.

The Belfast Harbor Fest Cardboard Boat Challenge

The Belfast Harbor Fest Cardboard Boat Challenge

You will learn how to build a cardboard boat which you can enter in the Cardboard Boat Challenge of the Rotary Club of Belfast Harbor Fest in August. On Saturday, June 21 you will learn how to design and assemble your boat, and on Sunday, Jun 22 you will seal and paint your boat. The workshop is taught by Penobscot Marine Museum’s seasoned cardboard boat builder Lin Calista, and by Belfast Rotarians. Some supplies will be available, but please bring your own cardboard, yard stick, paint brush, box cutter, and an idea for your boat design! This workshop is open to all ages, children should be accompanied by an adult.

The Belfast Harbor Fest Cardboard Boat Challenge is on Sunday, August 17 at Steamboat Park in Belfast. Awards will be given in the usual categories and some unusual categories including a “Spirit Award” for the most spirited and best organized team (the looks of the boat don’t count), an “Almost Made It Award “ and a “Submarine Award” for the most spectacular sinking.

For more information on the Belfast Harbor Fest Cardboard Boat Challenge go to www.belfastharborfest.com. Check our events listing for more information on Penobscot Marine Museum’s Cardboard Boat Workshop go or call Lin Calista at 207-548-0334.

Penobscot Marine Museum on Route One in Searsport has seven new exhibits and over fifty programs and events during the 2014 season. It is open Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and Sunday noon to 5:00 pm through Sunday, October 19.

Maine Lobster Boat Builders Discuss Their Boats At Penobscot Marine Museum Boat Builders’ Forum

In preparation for the Maine lobster boat racing season the Maine Boatbuilding Forum will host boat builders Travis and Keith Otis, Glenn Holland, Stewart Workman and Calvin Beal, who will debate the qualities that make the very best and fastest lobster boats.  This month’s forum is at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery on Thursday, June 12, at 7:00 pm.

Lobster Boat Races, Friendship, Maine, courtesy Jon Johansen

Lobster Boat Races, Friendship, Maine, courtesy Jon Johansen

Keith Otis grew up in Maine, joined the Air Force Strategic Air Command then later re-enlisted in the Army’s 1st Calvary Division (Airmobile) where he worked on fire control systems for attack helicopters in Vietnam.   He started Otis Enterprises Marine in Searsport in 1979.  Keith’s son Travis grew up with sandpaper in his hand, helping his dad.  Otis Enterprises Marine has produced over ninety boats, ranging from modest lobster boats to top of the line luxury sportfish boats.  Travis Otis is Vice President of the Maine Lobsterboat Racing Association.

Glenn Holland, of Holland’s Boat Shop in Belfast, started building boats in 1972 with an unfinished Repco hull which he finished in a temporary building on his parent’s front lawn.  Glenn eventually partnered with Royal Lowell and together they designed the Holland 32 which went into production in 1978.   Holland’s Boat Shop is home of the racing lobsterboat “Red Baron”, which won the title “World’s Fastest Lobster Boat” in 2000, and has won over 100 trophies.

Stewart Workman’s father was a lobster boat owner, and Stewart ran his own boat and pulled lobsters out of the water starting in junior high school.  He was in the Coast Guard in Alaska but returned to Maine to focus on schooner and passenger boat restorations, a deep- sea fishing business, and being a yacht captain.  SW Boatworks was founded by Capt. Stewart Workman in 2000.

Calvin Beal started working in and around boat shops as a young boy, helping the old time boat builders of Beals build their boats.  In 1969 Calvin built his own wooden, 22′ lobster boat, then he built a 35′ wooden boat named the Octavia A for his father-in-law.  Calvin worked on wooden boats and plugs until he built his own molds for fiberglass boats in the late ’90s.  After building one hundred and twenty-five boats, Calvin sold the molds to SW Boatworks in Lamoine.

The Maine Lobster Boat Races start on June 14th in Boothbay Harbor.  For a schedule of the races, go to “Fans of Maine Lobster Boat Racing” Facebook page.

The Maine Boatbuilding Forum is moderated by Jon Johansen of Maine Coastal News, and is held at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery, Route One, Searsport, Maine.  Tickets are $8 members and $10 non-members.  For more information go to www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org or call 207-548-2529 or 0334.

To view calendar listing, click here.