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Northern Maine 100 Years Ago in Film at Penobscot Marine Museum

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 […]

Make Art with Historic Photographs at Penobscot Marine Museum

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 […]

Hand-painting Black & White Photographs Workshop at Penobscot Marine Museum

Create an extraordinary work of art by transforming a  black and white photograph using the historic technique of hand-painting in the Hand-painting Black & White Photographsworkshop at Penobscot Marine Museum.  This intensive workshop, led by fine-art photographer Liv Kristin Robinson, explores traditional methods for applying pigments to black & white images.  Suitable photos will be […]

Have Your Tintype Taken at Penobscot Marine Museum

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.  A mobile tintype photography booth will be set up at the Penobscot Marine Museum on Wednesday, […]

Hand-painting Black & White Photographs Workshop at Penobscot Marine Museum

Create an extraordinary work of art by transforming a  black and white photograph using the historic technique of hand-painting in the Hand-painting Black & White Photographs workshop at Penobscot Marine Museum.  This intensive workshop, led by fine-art photographer Liv Kristin Robinson, explores traditional methods for applying pigments to black & white images.  Suitable photos will […]

3-D Views of New England Explored

Stereoviews took the world by storm and were the most popular form of photography from the 1860’s through the 1920’s.  In his talk Stereo Views of New England, Maine State Museum Director Bernard Fishman provides 3-D glasses and projects historic 3-D stereoview images of Maine and New England.  The audience experiences the images as they […]

Photography Framing Workshop Offered at Penobscot Marine Museum

Penobscot Marine Museum Framer Lin Calista will conduct a photography framing workshop, Framing Tips and Tricks, on Saturday, July 25, 9:00 am to noon at PMM’s Stephen Phillips Memorial Library.  The workshop will help photographers decide on the best ways to frame their photographs.  New and useful products on the market, backing options, mounting and […]

Learn How to Make a Camera

Make a pinhole camera using a box from the kitchen shelf and take beautiful soft-focus photographs in the Make a Pinhole Camera workshops offered at Penobscot Marine Museum this summer.  A pinhole camera is a camera without a lens and with a single small aperture, a pinhole. Light from a scene passes through this single […]

Maine’s Lobster Boat Racing Film at Penobscot Marine Museum

Maine’s Lobster Boat Racing season is here. Lobsterboat racing has been happening in Maine for over a century, and began casually. Today the races are not for the faint of heart; they are highly, excitingly, competitive. On Thursday, July 9, at Penobscot Marine Museum, videographer and lobsterman David Osgood of Vinalhaven will show his film […]

Historic Photographs from Penobscot Marine Museum at Maine’s 2015 Antique Paper Show

Historic images from Penobscot Marine Museum’s collection of over 140,000 photographs will be available at the Maine 2015 Antique Paper Show on Saturday, June 27, from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at the First Congregational Church Vestry, 8 Church Street, Searsport. This show complements the museum’s photography exhibit Exploring the Magic of Photography: Painting with […]

Three Forgotten Women Photographers Brought to Light

Between 1900 and 1940 many Maine photographers made “real photo” post cards of local scenes and events. At a time when most professional photographers were men, three women largely forgotten today created memorable artistic images which provide rich insights into how Maine people lived and worked in inland towns and coastal villages a century ago.  In […]

Searsport High School Students Discuss Moving Stories of Maine Veterans

This winter five Searsport District High School seniors, Connor Fraser, Dylon Grant, Kevin Keniston, Anthony Powers, and Bartley Santos, curated an exhibit, Memoirs of War: A Soldier’s Seabag, which opened this spring at the Penobscot Marine Museum. Working with PMM assistant curator Cipperly Good and SDHS teacher Kathleen Jenkins, the students chose objects from Penobscot […]