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Oldest Film Shot in Maine to be Shown at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Annual History Conference

Self-portrait, Peggy McKenna (1947 – 2014)

Self-portrait, Peggy McKenna (1947 – 2014)

A clip from the oldest film shot in Maine will be shown during Wish You Were Here: Communicating Maine’s Unique Sense of Place, Penobscot Marine Museum’s 2015 History Conference.  The Conference this year brings together Northeast Historic Film, Maine Folklife Center, and historians and writers Jay Davis, David Andrews, William Bunting and Kevin Johnson to discuss Maine’s unusual sense of place and how it has been communicated, preserved or changed over the last one hundred years.

The oldest known film taken in Maine was shot in 1901, and a clip of this historic film will be shown by Northeast Historic Film’s new Executive Director Brook Minner in her talk onpreserving Maine’s moving image history.  Maine Folklife Center’s Katrina Wynn will present audio clips of stories told by Mainers on topics ranging from logging to Wabanaki culture, and discuss how preserving Maine’s oral histories adds to its sense of place.

The vibrant photographic portrait of Maine created by Peggy McKenna (1947 – 2014) in her work for Down East, Waldo Independent, and Republican Journal will be discussed by former newspaper editor Jay Davis.  For more information on the History Conference or to purchase tickets, go to www.enobscotmarinemuseum.org or call 548-2529.  Wish You Were Here: Communicating Maine’s Unique Sense of Place will be held at University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center in Belfast, Maine on Saturday, October 24, 8:00 am to 2:30 pm.

 

Penobscot Marine Museum 2015 History Conference

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Penobscot Marine Museum
2015 History Conference

Wish You Were Here: Communicating Maine’s Unique Sense of Place
Saturday October 24, 2015
8:00 am to 2:30pm
University of Maine Hutchinson Center
80 Belmont Avenue
Belfast, Maine

For tickets click here.

or call 207-548-0334 or 548-2529.

SCHEDULE

8:00 to 8:45 am Registration

9:00 to 9:30 am
Northeast Historic Film: Preserving Maine’s Sense of Place in Moving Images

Brook Minner is Executive Director of Northeast Historic Film.

Showing short clips, including the oldest known film shot in Maine (1901) and the 1919 launching of a four-masted schooner built in Harrington, Maine, Ms. Minner will illustrate the ways in which preserving Maine’s moving image history preserves and strengthens Maine’s sense of place.

9:45 to 10:15 am
Memories Create a Sense of Place: The Maine Folklife Center’s Role

Katrina Wynn is Archives Manager at Maine Folklife Center at University of Maine.

Using examples from its collection, Katrina Wynn will talk about the Maine Folklife Center and how it helps preserve and define Maine’s cultural history and sense of place.  With a vast collection of oral histories and documents, the Maine Folklife Center preserves a treasure trove of local and regional cultural history on topics ranging from logging to Wabanaki culture. 

10:30 to 11:00 am
Post Cards and Town History: Telling the Story of South Bristol with Post Cards

Dave Andrews has been the historian of the South Bristol Historical Society since its creation in 1996.

Postcards can be a great tool for discovering otherwise forgotten history. Dave Andrews will share his extensive experience in creating, managing and using his own post card collection to research South Bristol history. His postcard collection has figured prominently in many of the activities of mid-coast Maine history groups.

11:15 to 11:45 am
Glass Plate Maine: Early 20th Century Images from the Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company

William H. Bunting is the author of A Day’s Work: A Sampler of Historic Maine Photographs 1860-1920 Part I & II. Kevin Johnson is the Penobscot Marine Museum Photo Archivist.

Kevin Johnson and Bill Bunting will show photos from Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company, the largest manufacturer of real-photo postcards in the United States, and discuss what these photos reveal about Mainers’ own sense of place and identity in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Earle Shettleworth Jr., William H. Bunting and Kevin Johnson are working on a book celebrating the extraordinary legacy and photographs of the company.

12:00 am to 12:45 pm – LUNCH

1:00 to 1:30 pm
Making a Storymap to Define “Place”

Margaret Chernosky, of Maine Geographic Alliance, brought a variety of GIS software to the teaching of geography at Bangor High School.

Chernosky demonstrates the construction of a storymap which defines Maine’s sense of place by using the iconic images, ranging from the County to the coast, from vintage postcards.

1:45 to 2:15 pm
Maine in Her Heart: the Photography of Margaret “Peggy ” McKenna from 1971 to 2013

Jay Davis is the author of History of Belfast in the 20th Century, and has been the editor of the Republican Journal, Waldo Independent, and Maine Times.

Peggy McKenna (1947 – 2014) was a professional photographer whose remarkable photos captured the essence of and endeared her to the hearts of her subjects. Over the years she photographed thousands of people for Down East, Waldo Independent, and Republican Journal, creating an astounding and vibrant photographic portrait of the place that is Midcoast Maine.

Lunch is included.

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The Famous Mariners of Deer Isle Discussed at Penobscot Marine Museum

Floating Palaces: America's Queens of the Sea by William Haviland and Barbara (Greenlaw) Britton

Floating Palaces: America’s Queens of the Sea by William Haviland and Barbara (Greenlaw) Britton

The men of Deer Isle have been famous for their maritime skills for well over a hundred years.  In 1895 and 1899 the America’s Cup was won by all-Deer Isle crews, the first and last time in history a single town supplied an entire crew for the race.  At Penobscot Marine Museum onThursday, October 8 at 7:00 pm, anthropologist William Haviland will discuss why the men of Deer Isle developed such an excellent reputation and were sought after as crewmen especially for the big steam yachts of the early 20th century.  Haviland’s book on the subject, Floating Palaces: America’s Queens of the Sea which he wrote with Deer Isle native Barbara (Greenlaw) Britton, was published this year.  Admission is free.

William Haviland is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Vermont. Growing up he spent summers on Deer Isle and is now a full-time resident.  He is on the boards of the Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society and the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor.

Floating Palaces: America’s Queens of the Sea is part of Penobscot Marine Museum’s Boat Talk Series.  The talk will take place on Thursday, October 8, 7:00 pm, at Douglas and Margaret Carver Memorial Art Gallery, 11 Church Street, Searsport, Maine.  Admission is free.

Free Admission to Penobscot Marine Museum During Searsport’s Fall Festival

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Admission will be free at Penobscot Marine Museum for all visitors during Searsport’s annual Fling Into Fall celebration on Friday, October 2nd and Saturday, October 3rd. In addition, the Museum Store will offer 20% off all purchases on Saturday, October 3rd. Many Searsport businesses are offering sales for the festival weekend. Grasshopper Shop is having a 20% storewide sale on Friday and Saturday, WORKS is having a storewide sale on books, and Searsport Shores Campground is offering free camping to Searsport residents. For more information on call Kathy at 207-548-2529 ext. 216.

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Antique Auto, Fling Into Fall 2014
First Place Jack O’ Lantern, Fling Into Fall 2014
Restored Tonka Truck, Fling Into Fall 2014

Touch-A-Truck and chain-saw sculpting are two of the new activities at Searsport’s annual Fling Into Fall festival. Rockin Ron and the New Society Band will be playing rock and doo-wop in the evening. Fling Into Fall begins at noon on Friday, October 2nd with Jack O’ Lantern and Scarecrow set-up on the Crescent, and ends at 6:00 pm on Saturday, October 3rd with a Public Italian Supper at the Congregational Church. For a full schedule or more information check the Fling Into Fall Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/flingintofall?fref=ts or call Kari at Searsport Rec. Dept. 207-548-2769.

Touch-A-Truck New to Searsport’s Fall Festival

First Place Jack O’ Lantern, Fling Into Fall 2014

First Place Jack O’ Lantern, Fling Into Fall 2014

Firetrucks, a marine patrol boat, race car, Central Maine Power truck and more will all be available for kids and adults to touch and climb into at Searsport’s annual Fling Into Fall celebration on Friday, October 2nd and Saturday, October 3rd. Also new to the festival is Pasco Grove, who will be making chain-saw sculpture, and a cash prize award for the best float in the Fling Into Fall Parade.

Restored Tonka Truck, Fling Into Fall 2014

Restored Tonka Truck, Fling Into Fall 2014

Children who renovate Tonka trucks will be competing again this year in the very popular Tonka Truck Restoration Challenge. Jack O’ Lanterns and Scarecrows will be displayed on the Crescent, Searsport Public Safety professionals again challenge Stockton Springs, Prospect and Frankfort to a Chili Cook-Off. There will be a Big Parade, Craft Show, Antique Car Show, Apple Pie Baking Contest, and Rockin Robin and the New Society band will be playing doo-wop and rock.

Antique Auto, Fling Into Fall 2014

Antique Auto, Fling Into Fall 2014

Grasshopper Shop, WORKS, Searsport Shores Campground and Penobscot Marine Museum Store will be offering discounts to all customers on Friday, October 2nd and Saturday, October 3rd. Penobscot Marine Museum admission will be free for everyone on Friday, October 2nd and Saturday, October 3rd.

Fling Into Fall begins at noon on Friday, October 2nd with Jack O’ Lantern and Scarecrow set-up on the Crescent, and ends at 6:00 pm on Saturday, October 3rd with a Public Italian Supper at the Congregational Church. For a full schedule or more information check the Fling Into Fall Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/flingintofall?fref=ts or call Kari at Searsport Rec. Dept. 207-548-2769.

The Life of LIFE Photographer Kosti Ruohomaa

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Photo by Kosti Ruohomaa in the Penobscot Marine Museum collection

Many legends surround the Finish-American photographer Kosti Ruohomaa, and it is said his life was “haunted”.  Ruohomaa was an award-winning photo journalist who shot iconic portraits of working Americans which appeared in LIFE, National Geographic, and other publications from 1940 to 1960, but Maine was always his favorite subject.  Deanna S. Bonner-Ganter, Curator of Photography at the Maine State Museum, has studied Kosti Ruohomaa for twenty years and her biography of Ruohomaa will soon be published by Down East Books.  On Thursday, September 24 at 7:00 pm she will give an illustrated talk Close to the Land & Close to the Sea: The Photography of Kosti Ruohomaa at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Douglas and Margaret Carver Memorial Art Gallery, 11 Church Street, Searsport, Maine.  Tickets are $8, or  $5 for Museum members and Searsport residents.

Close to the Land & Close to the Sea: The Photography of Kosti Ruohomaa is part of Exploring the Magic of Photography: Painting with Light, Penobscot Marine Museum’s first major exhibition of historic photography.  It includes four exhibits, a walk-in camera, a wall of selfies taken by museum visitors, and an historic darkroom.  The four exhibits, 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 are filled with inter-active opportunities for visitors including life-sized photographic cut-outs with which visitors may photograph themselves, an online exhibit of visitor photographs and comments, and QR codes and tablets providing access to audio clips of interviews, biographies, and commentary by historians, curators and professional photographers.

Meet the Fishermen from Port Clyde Fresh Catch

Fresh shrimp at Port Clyde Fresh Catch

Fresh shrimp at Port Clyde Fresh Catch

Building boats and fishing occupied every coastal town in Maine during the 1800’s. By 1855 Maine was building 35% of all of America’s ships, and its fisheries fed much of the country. Today Maine has only 20 miles of working waterfront left, and 80% of the seafood eaten in America is imported. In 2007 Port Clyde was the last surviving ground-fishing fleet between Portland and Canada. To save their livelihood a group of Port Clyde fishermen got together to found Port Clyde Fresh Catch and became the first community-supported fishery in the United States. The idea came from community-supported agriculture, a model used by farmers in which consumers pay a membership fee for weekly shares of food. These fishermen have preserved their fishing community, their maritime heritage, and by using environmentally sustainable fishing methods they are helping to preserve the fisheries. There are now dozens of community-supported fisheries in the USA and Europe.

Fresh fish at Port Clyde Fresh Catch

Fresh fish at Port Clyde Fresh Catch

On Thursday, September 10, at 7:00 pm the fishermen of Port Clyde Fresh Catch will be at Penobscot Marine Museum for an illustrated panel discussion about fishing in Maine, their pioneering community-supported fishery, how they started it, and Port Clyde Fresh Catch today. This community forum will be held in Penobscot Marine Museum’s Douglas and Margaret Carver Memorial Art Gallery, 11 Church Street, Searsport, Maine. Tickets are $8 or $5 for Penobscot Marine Museum Members. for more information, or to purchase tickets online, click here.

Have Your Tintype Taken Again!

Tintype portrait by AgNO3 Lab

Tintype portrait by AgNO3 Lab

The tintype photography booth at Penobscot Marine Museum was so popular in July that the museum has arranged for the booth to return, giving everyone another opportunity to have their tintype taken. The tintype booth is run by the AgNO3 Lab, which specializes in formal tintype portraits. The tintype process will be demonstrated to visitors during the day as the portraits are made.  The tintype booth will return to Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport, on Tuesday, August 18, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Portraits will be made on a first come first served basis but reservations are recommended.  Portraits are $40 per tintype, which includes a 2 for 1 museum admission.  To make a reservation for a portrait call the museum at 207-548-0334.

“We are pleased to have the tintype booth back at Penobscot Marine Museum,” says Kevin Johnson, the Museum’s Photo Archivist.  “The booth was booked solid and we had to turn people away.  We had a crowd of visitors happily watching the tintypes being made.  It was fascinating.”  Tintypes were popular in the 1860’s and 1870’s, and many of the photographs taken during the Civil War were tintypes.  They are not made on tin, but are a type of photograph made on a sheet of blackened iron.

Making a Tintype Portrait is part of Exploring the Magic of Photography: Painting with Light, Penobscot Marine Museum’s first major exhibition of historic photography.  It includes four exhibits, a walk-in camera, a wall of selfies taken by museum visitors, an historic darkroom, tintype and cyanotype demonstrations, and workshops on making pin-hole cameras.  The four exhibits, 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 are filled with inter-active opportunities for visitors including life-sized photographic cut-outs with which visitors may photograph themselves, an online exhibit of visitor photographs and comments, and QR codes and tablets providing access to audio clips of interviews, biographies, and commentary by historians, curators and professional photographers.

Northern Maine 100 Years Ago in Film at Penobscot Marine Museum

Snowshoes, photograph by Isaac Walton Simpson

Snowshoes, photograph by Isaac Walton Simpson

Isaac Walton Simpson was born in 1874 in Amity, Maine near the Canadian border.  To support his family of thirteen children he worked as a blacksmith, barber, musician, woodsman, mechanic, and photographer.  Over his lifetime Simpson took thousands of photographs.  The photographs, mostly glass negatives, were stored in the attic of the family home until one of Simpson’s grandchildren told filmmaker Sumner McKane about them.  Simpson’s photographs provide a moving and rarely-seen portrait of life in northern Maine at the turn of the century.  McKane interviewed Simpson’s family, found archival film, and used Simpson’s photographs to create The Maine Frontier: Through the Lens of Isaac Walton Simpson, an eye-opening documentary about the men, women and children who carved out a life a hundred years ago in the isolation of northern Maine.

Penobscot Marine Museum presents The Maine Frontier: Through the Lens of Isaac Walton Simpson, Thursday, August 13, at 7:00 pm in the First Congregational Church Vestry, 8 Church Street, Searsport, Maine.  Live music composed by Sumner McKane accompanies the film.  This event is made possible by a grant from the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine Arts Commission.  Tickets are $10; $7 for Searsport residents and Penobscot Marine Museum Members.  For more information or to purchase tickets go to the event page or call 207-548-0334.

Sumner McKane grew up in Damariscotta, where his father is an electrician.   He is an award-winning filmmaker and musician.  His previous film In the Blood depicts the life, skills, and character of the turn-of-the-century Maine lumbermen & river drivers. He is currently working on a third film entitled Running Rum, an historical documentary that tells the story of rum-runners and bootleggers in the Northeast between the years of 1851-1933. He lives in Wiscasset, Maine with his wife and two children.

The Maine Frontier: Through the Lens of Isaac Walton Simpson is part of Exploring the Magic of Photography: Painting with Light,Penobscot Marine Museum’s first major exhibition of historic photography.  It includes four exhibits, a walk-in camera, a wall of selfies taken by museum visitors, an historic darkroom, tintype and cyanotype demonstrations, and workshops on making pin-hole cameras.  The four exhibits, 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 are filled with inter-active opportunities for visitors including life-sized photographic cut-outs with which visitors may photograph themselves, an online exhibit of visitor photographs and comments, and QR codes and tablets providing access to audio clips of interviews, biographies, and commentary by historians, curators and professional photographers.

Make Art with Historic Photographs at Penobscot Marine Museum

from the book PhotoPlay!: Doodle, Design, Draw by M.J. Bronstein

from the book PhotoPlay!: Doodle, Design, Draw by M.J. Bronstein

Draw, color, and paint on photographs from the Penobscot Marine Museum collection to create your own work of art in the workshop Photoplay with M.J. Bronsteinon Wednesday, Aug 19th.   Artist and photographer M.J. Bronstein pioneered the idea of using photographs as prompts for creativity in her popular PhotoPlay books.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to truly bring history to life, and to share our historic images with the community,” says Kevin Johnson, photo archivist at Penobscot Marine Museum.  “And Marcie Bronstein is the perfect teacher, she inspires creativity.  We are thrilled to have her lead this workshop.”  Bronstein created art programs for Center for Maine Contemporary Art, is the author of many books including PhotoPlay, (published by Chronicle Books, March 2014), and is an onboard artist/instructor for Celebrity Cruises.

Photoplay with M.J. Bronstein is a drop-in workshop offered at Penobscot Marine Museum on Wednesday, Aug 19th between 10:00 am and noon.  Supplies are provided.  Tickets are $5 and free for members and Searsport residents.  The workshop is for all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

from the book PhotoPlay!: Doodle, Design, Draw by M.J.

from the book PhotoPlay!: Doodle, Design, Draw by M.J.

Photoplay with M.J. Bronstein is part of Exploring the Magic of Photography: Painting with Light,Penobscot Marine Museum’s first major exhibition of historic photography.  It includes four exhibits, a walk-in camera, a wall of selfies taken by museum visitors, an historic darkroom, tintype and cyanotype demonstrations, and workshops on making pin-hole cameras.  The four exhibits, 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 are filled with inter-active opportunities for visitors including life-sized photographic cut-outs with which visitors may photograph themselves, an online exhibit of visitor photographs and comments, and QR codes and tablets providing access to audio clips of interviews, biographies, and commentary by historians, curators and professional photographers.