Edith & Bennett To Sing At Penobscot Marine Museum Members Opening

Edith Gawler and Bennett Konesni

Edith Gawler and Bennett Konesni

Edith Gawler and Bennett Konesni, who play banjo and fiddle and sing old-time music from Maine and beyond, will be playing at Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine for a Members Reception in Main Street Gallery on Friday, May 20, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Edith grew up in Belgrade, Maine as a member of the legendary Gawler Family Band. Together Edith & Bennett have played Maine music across the U.S. and around the world. This event is free to Penobscot Marine Museum members. Museum membership is available online or by calling 207-548-0334 or 2529.

“It was one of the best nights of music the Parrish [Art Museum] has ever experienced, and the dynamism, charm, and talent of Edith and Bennett have made an everlasting imprint,” says Amy Kirwin of the Parrish Art Museum. In addition to their music, Edith and Bennett own and operate Duckback Farm in Belfast, Maine, which focuses on growing garlic and culinary herbs for table and seed.

Penobscot Marine Museum opens for the season on Saturday, May 28th. New this year, residents of Waldo County will receive free admission, each town during a specific week. Each town’s free week is listed here. Residents of Lincolnville and Islesboro will kick off the program with free admission to Penobscot Marine Museum from Sunday, May 29 through Saturday, June 4.

The Life of LIFE Photographer Kosti Ruohomaa


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.

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.


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.

About Ship Modeling with BlueJacket Shipcrafters’ owner Nic Damuck

Photo courtesy BlueJacket Shipcrafters

Photo courtesy BlueJacket Shipcrafters

The fascinating world of exquisite wooden ship models, which has devotees around the world, will be explained on Tuesday, July 15, at 7:00 pm at Penobscot Marine Museum.  BlueJacket Shipcrafters’ owner Nic Damuk will talk about model ship design and types construction, styles of finished models, the history and purpose of model ships, functional models versus hobby uses, and model materials.   About Ship Modeling will be in PMM’s Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main Street, Searsport.  Tickets are $8 for members and $10 for non-members. View event listing.

BlueJacket Shipcrafters has is the oldest model ship and boat company in the U.S., and has been in business since 1905.  Nic Damuk has been a modeler for sixty years, and has been making ship models for thirty years.  He has a BS in Physics and an MBA in Marketing, and lived in Connecticut his whole life until purchasing BlueJacket Shipcrafters in Searsport last fall.

Penobscot Marine Museum has an extensive collection of ship and boat models.

The museum is 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 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.

Ruth Montgomery Print Contest


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

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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
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