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Talk and Book Signing for 1816: The Year That Summer Never Came, at Penobscot Marine Museum

1816 is called “The Year Without A Summer”.  During that summer wild temperature swings produced snow and frost which killed crops and caused famines and food shortages world-wide.  On Saturday, August 23rd at 2:00 pm, Penobscot Marine Museum hosts author Mayra Donnell, who will talk about her children’s book 1816: The Year That Summer Never […]

World Ocean Observatory Director to Speak at Penobscot Marine Museum

On Thursday, August 21st at 7:00 pm, Peter Neill, director of the World Ocean Observatory will present The Sea Connects All Things, an illustrated talk on the ocean as an integrated global social system.  Neill will suggest actions, beyond the predictable conventions, for organizations and individuals to adopt as innovative strategies for the future.  Peter […]

Penobscot Marine Museum’s Historic Photography Exhibit Now in Deer Isle

Penobscot Marine Museum’s historic photography exhibit Hancock County Through Eastern’s Eye is now at the Island Heritage Trust barn, in Deer Isle, Maine.  The photographs in Hancock County Through Eastern’s Eye are of places people loved a century ago, when the owner of Eastern Illustrating sent his crews with their box cameras into tiny towns […]

August Craft and Children’s Programs and Sailing at Penobscot Marine Museum

This August, Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine is offering programs for children on Wednesdays and Fridays, and Artisan Days: Demonstrations of 19th Century Crafts on Thursdays from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.  On Mondays and Saturdays the Schooner Guildive is giving sailing tours of historic Searsport Harbor.  For more information on all these activities, […]

Gee’s Bend Quilt-Inspired Painting Workshop Offered at Penobscot Marine Museum

Patchwork of Color, a one-day acrylic painting workshop with artist Susan Tobey White at Penobscot Marine Museum will be held on Friday, August 15 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Beginning painters as well as those with experience will enjoy this class using the Gee’s Bend Quilts as inspiration to create colorful acrylic paintings.  For […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]