May 2013 Signal Flags

For Those in Peril: Shipwrecks, Memorials, and Rescues
Celebrate Penobscot Marine Museum’s 2013 season!

Those in Peril Collage
Join us for the opening reception of this exciting exhibit, share delicious victuals and ale. Stories of “those in peril” will come alive for visitors to the Penobscot Marine Museum this season. Through exciting interactive exhibits designed by English theater designer Chez Cherry, and with the Museum’s collections of marine art, portraits, photographs, lifesaving equipment, original manuscripts and logbooks, small watercraft, models, and navigational instruments, visitors will learn about the perils of the sea and how these perils have shaped, and continue to shape, our lives in coastal Maine.

Opening Reception
Friday, May 24th
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
at the Penobscot Marine Museum Gallery
40 East Main Street
Searsport, Maine


On Saturday, May 25th Penobscot Marine Museum opens for the season!
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Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm,
Sunday noon to 5:00 pm. Check out our exciting events


Education News
Welcome our new Director of Education, Kathleen Curtin!

486Kathleen brings both enthusiasm and extensive experience as a social studies teacher and museum professional to her new position at PMM. At Plimoth Plantation, she held a number of positions including Manager of Education and Associate Director, Guest Experiences. She is also a food historian and author (she wrote a history of Thanksgiving with Islesboro’s own Sandy Oliver), founded an art house cinema and spent a fair amount of time sailing in and around the Elizabeth Islands of Cape Cod. Kathleen has a degree in history from University of Massachusetts and a Master’s in Education from the University of New Hampshire. She can be reached at kcurtin@pmm-maine.org or 207.548.2529 ext 206.


Volunteer Day!
A great day was had by all!
Thank you to the Yale Alumni (Thomas, Jamie, John, William, George, Pat, Buck), to Tom Preble and Charlie Carter on the excavator, to Neill Peterson and Donna Loomans window washers extraordinaire, to Buck Sawyer who fixed our table, to Kathleen who made delicious food, and all of you who made this day a great success.
Volunteer Collage
The new stone was raked into place, flower beds weeded, galleries vacuumed and dusted, storage areas cleaned out, floors washed, boats moved, and granite walls begun! And we had good conversation and wonderful food. Thank you all!


Object of the Month
483This marvelous object is a lamp made from a sperm whale’s tooth with a whale’s eyeball shade. Six square blocks of whalebone of varying sizes create the base. The scrimshander carved a baleen whale, a star, and the word “Thorshammer 1935″ into the tooth. Clifford N. Carver, president of the Western Operating Corporation which was an American whaling company founded in December 1936, gave the Museum his wonderful scrimshaw collection. His business partners were Norwegian and in all likelihood the lamp was a gift from them. The company was dissolved in the 1950s.

Come see the eyeball lamp!
Penobscot Marine Museum opens for the season on May 25th.


Thank you for your Business Membership at the Commodore Level
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Join Cross Insurance and our many business partners in supporting Penobscot Marine Museum.


Schooner HERITAGE
482“The best vacation you will ever have.” You’ve always wanted to cruise the beautiful islands and bays of downeast Maine. This is the summer you can make that dream a reality, because Schooner HERITAGE is offering Penobobscot Marine Museum members a 10% discount on all 2013 cruises!

Better yet, support Penobscot Marine Museum by sailing on June 4th, June 9th or June 16th. Penobobscot Marine Museum will receive 5% of your fare! Have a great vacation and support Penobscot Marine Museum.

For more information on this special members offer call 1-800-648-4555 or visit www.schoonerheritage.com
Not a member yet? Join us now! www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org
Thank you Schooner HERITAGE for your support of Penobscot Marine Museum.


PMM Photography News

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Volunteers Chris Olsson, Phil Brown and Faith Garrold

Thank you, Cascade Foundation of Rockport, Maine and Maine Community Foundation your generous funding enabling us to purchase photographic equipment which bolsters our efforts to preserve, catalog, and share our extensive photography collections.

With this funding we have purchased two PCs to increase image processing speed and general efficiency; a Nikon D800E professional digital SLR camera, which will be used to digitally copy photographs from our holdings at high resolution and to capture archival-quality images of museum objects for our digital catalog; an additional Epson digital projector for use at public talks; a small, high-resolution digital still & video camera which will allow us to document museum activities by creating multimedia content, a professional digital voice recorder for recording and preserving oral histories; and two flatbed scanners to help us keep up with processing our ever-growing collections so that they can be shared with the world.


Events Off Campus
National Maritime Day
493Come see Penobscot Marine Museum’s booth at the National Maritime Day celebration in Belfast, Maine on Saturday, May 18 starting at 10:00 am.

Planned activities include: USCG Color Guard honoring mariners lost at sea, guided tours aboard commercial and training vessels, boat trips, pilot gig rowing, law enforcement vessels, pilot boats, tug boats, and many other port support vessels. There will be a live tug boat demonstration by Penobscot Bay Tractor Tug Company tug FOURNIER TRACTOR, and a demonstration of the Bangor Fire Department’s new fire and rescue boat. Live music by the Windbuyer’s.

For more information go to Propeller Club Searsport Bucksport.
For more PMM Events Off Campus, go to www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org/events.