Searsport, Maine, November 18, 2013 – Penobscot Marine Museum’s winter exhibit Underfoot: Footwear, Hooked Rugs, In the Cellar and Below Decks opens on Friday, December 6th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm with a holiday party including Christmas gingerbread houses, a book signing with five Maine authors, and the town of Searsport’s Holiday Tree Lighting. The Tree Lighting will take place at 4:00 pm on the museum’s crescent and the party is in Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery and Shop on Route One in Searsport.
Five Maine writers of mystery, adventure, and children’s books: Kelly Brooks-Bay, Darcy Scott, John Cobb, Bob Branco and Angela Nickerson, will all be on hand to discuss and sign their books during this holiday party. Christmas gingerbread houses made by local children and adults, including chefs at Anglers and other local restaurants, will be on display. Come and vote for your favorite confection. “People’s Choice” awards will be given to the best gingerbread house made by a child and by an adult.
The museum’s winter exhibit Underfoot: Footwear, Hooked Rugs, In the Cellar and Below Decks explores what is on your feet and what is under your feet. Antique shoes from around the world, Maine hooked rugs, and a re-created nineteenth century ship’s cabin will all be a part of Penobscot Marine Museum’s exhibit. The museum will even open up its own cellar to show the world of food storage before refrigeration. Check www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org for winter talks and workshops.
To enter your gingerbread house, or for more information on the museum’s Gingerbread Christmas, call Lin Calista at 207-548-0334.
Underfoot: Footwear, Hooked Rugs, In the Cellar and Below Decks runs through Saturday, February 22. Museum Gallery, Shop and Framer hours are 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, Thursday through Saturday. Museum Gallery, Shop and Framer, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine. For more information call 207-548-0334 or 207-548-2529.
Media Contact: Kathy Goldner, email@example.com, 207.548.2529 x216
SEARSPORT, ME, November 8, 2013 – In the 1890’s, Kennebec River steamboat captain James E. Perkins taught himself to take photographs with a 4”x 5” view camera using glass plate negatives. He often set up his tripod and large wooden camera with its squeeze-bulb activated shutter on the deck of his steamboat. These photographs, many of which were taken from the deck of a steamboat of views that a shore-bound photographer could never have made, make this collection unique.
“Capt. Perkins loved Popham Village where he grew up. He wanted to capture the feeling of the place and the era of steamboats, which took people to Bath, Boothbay, Boston and Augusta. He could see this way of life disappearing during his lifetime,” says Penobscot Marine Museum Photography Curator Kevin Johnson. “He sailed up and down the Kennebec River and photographed crowds waiting at the dock for a steamboat, harbors full of boats, houses filled with Victorian furniture, the shoreline, musicians, people swimming, cats sleeping, dogs barking, men plowing with horses and his friends and family. He wanted to create a record of the way life was. And he did.”
At age fifteen, Captain Perkins was hired as first mate on the steam tug ADELIA. The next summer he became the first mate on the PERCY V, and in 1889 he became its captain, making Perkins at age 22 the youngest captain on the Kennebec River. He later became captain of the DAMARIN, EL DORADO, ISLAND BELLE, WINTER HARBOR, ISLESFORD, and, finally, SABINO, before retiring. The SABINO is still in operation at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut, where it is preserved as an example of a large steam-powered watercraft.
Captain Perkins died in 1935, and his widow Sybil stored his negatives in their attic for the next ten years. Sybil’s niece Jane was interested in photography and when she was entrusted with the glass plate negatives she enlisted the help of Dr. Allen Milbury, Director of Educational Media from the University of Maine who taught her to print them. Most importantly, after printing the negatives Jane researched the images, identifying the people and places, and their historical significance. In doing this she preserved knowledge of the area and its people that would have otherwise been lost. In 1974 she published the photographs in the book One Man’s World: Popham Beach, Maine.
In 2012 Penobscot Marine Museum received this collection of over five hundred, mostly glass plate negatives, and now this visual historic record of the people and places of Popham Beach and the Kennebec River is available online to historians, researchers, students and the public at www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org. The photographs are also available for purchase.
Media Contact: Kathy Goldner, firstname.lastname@example.org, 207.548.2529 x216
SEARSPORT, ME, October 18, 2013 – Maine scientists are leading the way nationally in wind and tide energy development, and important strides are being made in fisheries research. This year Penobscot Marine Museum’s history conference Fish, Wind and Tide: Maine’s Future Resources? on November 2 at Belfast’s Hutchinson Center brings together experts from Maine Maritime Academy, the Universities of Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and from Maine Department of Conservation, Tide Mill Institute, Island Institute, Conservation Law Foundation and Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative, to look at the past and to explore exciting new developments for the future of these resources.Among the Conference speakers will be Larry Parent, Assistant Director of the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center. The Center is a world leader in composites research and made history last summer by deploying the first U.S. grid-connected wind turbine off the coast of Castine. The first U.S. grid-connected tidal energy project was also launched in Maine last summer, and Richard Armstrong, Executive Director of Tidal Energy Demonstration & Evaluation Center at Maine Maritime Academy will speak about developments in tidal power which will shape our future.
What economic impact will wind and tidal power have in Maine? Over $900 million in direct investment has been brought to Maine since 2006, according to Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative. Paul Williamson, Director and Industry Coordinator of the Initiative joins the Conference to discuss this potentially huge economic impact in Maine.
The Conference will also address our fisheries resource. University of New Hampshire Historic Fisheries Scientist Karen Alexander will speak about the history of the Gulf of Maine fisheries, and William Leavenworth, of the University of Massachusetts’ Environmental Conservation Department will help us see where the fisheries are headed.
How all of these new developments will affect our coastal resources will be discussed by Maine Dept. of Conservation’s Matthew Nixon, Maine Coastal Program, lobsterman Richard Nelson, Caitlin Cleaver, from the Island Institute and Robin Just of the Conservation Law Foundation.
Penobscot Marine Museum will sponsor tickets for high school students at half price. For more information call 207-548-2529 or visit the 2013 History Conference page. Click here to register online. The History Conference is on Saturday, November 2, 8:15 am to 5:00 pm at University of Maine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Avenue, Belfast, Maine. Tickets are $50 for Museum members, $60 for non-members, $50 for teachers and $30 for students. Conference price includes lunch if registration is received by Monday, October 28.
Pen Bay Day!
Join the party on Saturday, July 6th!
Penobscot Marine Museum celebrates our wonderful community and the summer season with a gigantic celebration. Come see an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle from OceansWide, watch Revolutionary War re-enactors fire their muskets and cook over an open fire, try your hand at weaving and spinning, hear great maritime music by “From Away Downeast”, eat delicious food from The Good Kettle and ice cream from Stone Fox Creamery, get a pirate tattoo, watch the flares, play games with your children, and much more! Our annual summer party is a blast.
On Saturday, July 6th,
10:00 am to 5:00 pm,
Penobscot Marine Museum,
Route One, Searsport.
For more information call 207-548-2529
July Events at PMM
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Monday, July 1, 7:00 pm, Garden History Lecture Series, Heirloom Gardening is for the Birds! (Bees and Butterflies, too!)
Tuesday, July 2, 7:00 pm, Art of Katahdin, illustrated talk and book signing by author David Little
Tuesday, July 9, 8:15 to 12:15, Lighthouse Tour of Penobscot Bay by Boat!
Wednesday, July 10, 11:00 am, Children’s Story Hour and Book Signing, Celebrated children’s illustrator and author Chris Van Dusen will read his beloved children’s book The Circus Ship.
Thursday, July 11, 7:00 pm, Thursday Night Lecture Series, “How To Keep Warm and Stay Green”, a talk by Matthew O’Malia, architect and partner of GO Logic.
Saturday, July 13, 10:00 am, Maine Antique Power Association Display and Demonstration
Wednesday, July 17, 11:00 am, Children’s Story Hour and Book Signing, Learn about the history of lighthouses, their purpose, songs and stories with Angeli Perrow, author of Lighthouse Dog to the Rescue.
Thursday, July 18, 7:00 pm, Thursday Night Lecture Series, Author Harry Gratwick shares highlights from research on his current book on the shipwrecks of Penobscot Bay.
Wednesday, July 24, 11:00 am, Children’s Singing Hour, Stephen and Susan Sanfilippo sing songs of shipwrecks, lighthouses and lifesaving.
Thursday, July 25, 7:00 pm, Thursday Night Lecture Series, Penobscot Bay Capt. Skip Strong will speak about the harrowing rescue described in his book In Peril: A Daring Decision, a Captain’s Resolve, and the Salvage that Made History.
July Photography Events
Monday, July 1st, 5:00 to 7:00 pm, Historic Photography Exhibit: “Waldo County Through the Eastern Eye”, opens at CrossTrax Restaurant for Unity Historical Society, 215 Depot St, Unity. Through July.
Monday, July 1st, Historic Photography Exhibit: “Knox County Through Eastern Eye”, North Haven Historical Society, Pulpit Harbor, North Haven. Through July.
Saturday, July 6th, 1:00 pm, Historic Photography Lecture Series: “North Haven: The Postcard View” illustrated talk on the history of North Haven at Waterman Community Center for North Haven Historical Society, 12 Main St., North Haven, ME 04853.
Tuesday, July 30th, 7:00 pm, Historic Photography Lecture Series: “Winter Harbor: The Postcard View” illustrated talk by PMM Photo Curator Kevin Johnson. Free. At Schoodic Center for the Arts, Hammond Hall, 427 Main St., Winter Harbor, ME 04693. For more information (207)963-2569
Thank you to our many business supporters!
JCHolcomb Photography, located in Brewer, Maine, is your one-stop resource for:
- Interactive Virtual Tours
- Commercial photography
- On-location portrait and event photography
- Stock scenic and nature photography.
And Thank You
Front Street Shipyard, a premier yacht yard in Belfast, Maine,for your special membership support.
Come see us here!
July 13 & 14, Arts in the Park, Belfast
July 27, Bucksport Bay Festival, Bucksport
July 27, Unity Historical Society Open House, Unity
The Emperor of Japan awarded Nathan Carver of the bark Abbie Carver this beautiful medal of the red ribbon and a citation for his rescue of thirteen shipwrecked Japanese fishermen in September of 1881. The Emperor expressed his “high appreciation of [Carver's] humane action toward the unfortunate Japanese subjects who [Carver] rescued so opportunely and treated so kindly.”
Click Nathan Carver for another photograph of Captain Carver from PMM’s collection.
Come see this medal and certificate at PMM this summer in For Those in Peril: Shipwrecks, Memorials, Rescues
Opening reception ~ Friday, May 24, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
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A little adventure and a whole lot of relaxation. Built by her captains. Over ⅔ of our guests return and say, “It just gets better and better.”
Captains Douglas K. and Linda J. Lee
Join us for the Opening Reception Friday, May 24, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 25—Sunday, October 20, 2013
Throughout history, shipwrecks have been the subject of legends, music, books, paintings, and performance. Disasters at sea, whether from storms, collisions, fires, war, vessel failure, or disease, have impacted life around the world. In Maine, we have an especially poignant history of loss to the sea: from the 19th century days of merchant sail, through the vast numbers of fishermen who worked and continue to work under hazardous conditions, to present day merchant marine training and recreational boating, Maine families and communities have known tragedies and triumphs on the water.
Penobscot Marine Museum’s exhibit explores the shipwrecks and near misses; the perfect storms and sudden squalls; those lost at sea and the families left behind; and the brave lifesavers and brilliant marine equipment innovators. Through the museum’s collection of marine art, portraits, photographs, lifesaving equipment, original manuscripts and logbooks, small watercraft, models, and navigational instruments, the stories of “those in peril” will come alive in the summer of 2013.
This exhibit will feature an overview gallery exhibit to set the stage; our sea captain’s home will be a house in mourning for a lost captain; safety equipment and fishermen’s memorials will be featured in our Gone Fishing exhibit; and a lighthouse playscape and a marine archeology salvage activity will be in one of our dedicated children’s rooms.
Although equipment, vessels, and communications have changed dramatically over the past 150 years, the sea has not. Recent events, such as the loss of the Bounty in the recent storm, illustrate this point. The sea is still a formidable force that demands experience, training, and respect. Our exhibit will heighten public awareness of the dangers of the sea, no matter what one’s level of occupational or recreational involvement. It will provide audiences with a greater understanding of the communities of the Maine coast and how they have been shaped in part by the sea and its dangers. Visitors to the museum in 2013 will learn what has happened and can happen at sea; experience first-hand accounts, both historical and more contemporary, of disasters and their aftereffects; gain appreciation for the difficult and sometimes capricious nature of people’s lives when they depend on the sea for a living; and share some of their own stories on our “Ship Log Blog,” which will contain both historic accounts and tales of modern disasters contributed by the public.