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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 two-day workshop exploring the use of local resources—documents, artifacts, landscapes, and the rich expertise in every town—to examine historical issues with a national focus. It concentrates on the period just after the American Revolution and the concerns and conflicts, hopes and fears, experiences and expectations of the people living in the Penobscot Bay and River area at a time of uncertainty, fragility, and possibility. This workshop, sponsored by Massachusetts Historical Society, Penobscot Marine Museum, and Castine Historical Society, is open to teachers, librarians, archivists, members of local historical societies, and all interested local history enthusiasts. Educators can earn 15 PDPs and 1 Graduate Credit (for an additional fee) from Framingham State University.

Photo: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co collection, Penobscot Marine Museum

Photo: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co collection, Penobscot Marine Museum

Workshop faculty will include the MHS Department of Education and Public Programs, Penobscot
Marine Museum and Castine Historical Society staff, archeologist Peter Morrison, Searsport
District High School history teacher Leanne Groening, and others. The program will also include
visits to the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, and the Castine Historical Society and
Witherle Woods in Castine.

The workshop will be held from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at Penobscot Marine Museum Library, 11 Church Street, Searsport, Maine on Wednesday, August 6 and at Castine Historical Society and Witherle Woods on Thursday, August 7. There is a $25 charge to cover lunches on two days; program and material costs have been generously funded by the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation.

For more information, or to register, please contact the education department at Massachusetts Historical Society at education@masshist.org or (617) 646-0557.

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 which built these boats include Harvey Gamage, Newbert & Wallace, Southwest Boat, and Washburn & Doughty.

Sardine Carrier Jacob Pike at Dix Island Weir, Photo by Kosti Ruohomaa, Maine Sardine Council Collection, PMM

Sardine Carrier Jacob Pike at Dix Island Weir, Photo by Kosti Ruohomaa, Maine Sardine Council Collection, PMM

Maynard Bray grew up in Rockland and was for many years the curator of the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Connecticut.  Mike Crowley is a writer for National Fisherman, and David Andrews is a South Bristol historian.  This program is in

PMM’s Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine.  Tickets are $8 for members and $10 for non-members.  For more information go to www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org or call 207-548-2529 or 0334.

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.

 

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.

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, Gram J, who was ninety-two at the time.  Crossman was the only family member to take up the craft, and she inherited the net stand made for Gram J by her uncle, as well as Gram J’s, hand-carved needles and mesh boards.  Stephanie Crossman will be demonstrating fishnetting at Penobscot Marine Museum on Thursday, August 7th from 11:00 to 3:00 pm.  The demonstration is free with museum admission.

Fishnetting bags by Stephanie Crossman

Fishnetting bags by Stephanie Crossman

Stephanie Crossman’s fishnetting demonstration is part of Artisan Days: Demonstrations of 19th Century Crafts at Penobscot Marine Museum.  This program runs Thursdays in July and August and on Saturdays in September and October, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.  It is a collaboration with Boothbay Railway Village in Boothbay, Maine and is sponsored by Knickerbocker Group: Designers, Builders, Cabinetmakers, Caretakers.

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.

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 the fish to the “cannery”, and figure their profit depending on how many cans they can fill. Wednesday, August 6, 11:00 am at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Peapod.  Free with PMM admission.

Atlantic Herring

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.

Build a Wind Platform at Penobscot Marine Museum

Learn with your child all about the leading edge wind power technology being developed at University of Maine in Orono.  On Wednesday, July 30th from 11:00 to noon, an educator from the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center will lead Build a Wind Platform, ahands-on program for childrenin which you will learn to design, build, implement and test wind power technology components similar to those being used in an extensive University of Maine research program in deep water offshore wind power.  This Penobscot Marine Museum children’s program is free with museum admission.

windmill-single

Penobscot Marine Museum has family activities, 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 Searsport residents.

 

The Gulf of Maine – It’s a Habitat First at Penobscot Marine Museum

The Gulf of Maine is an important fish and mammal habitat.  On Thursday, July 31st at 7:00 pmMark Dittrick will discuss the Gulf of Maine as a habitat: its past, present, and what might be its future.  Mark Dittrick is the Founding Conservation Chair of the Atlantic Canada Chapter of Sierra Club Canada and Spokesperson for North Atlantic Right Whale BEACON (Binational Early Alert Coastal Network), a joint Sierra Club U.S./Sierra Club Canada initiative that monitors coastal activities from Florida to Atlantic Canada.  He is also a member of the Education Committee of the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium, Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for Right Whale World Year (2016) and a member of the editorial board of Right Whale News. In recent years his main focus has been monitoring plans for developing offshore renewable energy projects along the Atlantic Continental Shelf, especially in the Gulf of Maine.  The Gulf of Maine – It’s a Habitat Firstis part of Penobscot Marine Museum’s Fish, Wind, and Tide exhibit, and will be in the museum’s Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine.  Tickets are $8 for members and $10 for non-members.

Mark Dittrick

Mark Dittrick

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 Searsport residents.

Meet Artist Eric Hopkins at Penobscot Marine Museum

Meet Maine artist Eric Hopkins, and see Eric Hopkins: Shells – Fish – Shellfish, a major retrospective of his work, on Friday, July 25, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm in Penobscot Marine Museum’s Carver Memorial Library Gallery, 11 Church Street, Searsport, Maine.   Eric Hopkins: Shells – Fish – Shellfish is at Penobscot Marine Museum June 16 through October 19, 2014.  Admission is free for this Artist’s Reception.

Broken Shell Form #1, by Eric Hopkins

Broken Shell Form #1, by Eric Hopkins

Eric Hopkins grew up on the island of North Haven, and the sea and its creatures were a big part of his childhood.   “I could spend a lifetime intimately exploring any one animal form,” Hopkins says, and in Shells – Fish – Shellfish we see he has done just that.  This exhibit includes, for the first time, Hopkins’ personal collection of the skeletons, shells and remnants of creatures which have inspired a lifetime of art.

Eric Hopkins: Shells – Fish – Shellfish includes artwork in a variety of media: paintings, monotypes and glass and wood sculpture, much of which has not been seen before.  Hopkins studied a variety of media at different art schools, but at Rhode Island School of Design he learned to blow glass with world-famous glass sculptor Dale Chihuly.  Many of Hopkins’ blown glass shells are in this exhibit.

The Penobscot Marine Museum is on Route One 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 open through October 19.  Museum hours

Artist’s Reception for Eric Hopkins Exhibit Penobscot Marine Museum

Meet artist Eric Hopkins, and see Shells, Fish & Shellfish, a major retrospective of his work, on Friday, July 25, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm in Penobscot Marine Museum’s Carver Memorial Library Gallery, 11 Church Street, Searsport, Maine.

Sacred Cod #1, by Eric Hopkins

Sacred Cod #1, by Eric Hopkins

“I could spend a lifetime intimately exploring any one animal form,” Hopkins says, and in Shells, Fish & Shellfish we see that he has.  One of a handful of artists born in Maine to receive national recognition, Hopkins has exhibited in galleries and museums across the country and is the subject of two monographs.  Much of the work in this exhibit has not been seen before.  It includes Hopkins’ work in a variety of media: paintings, monotypes and glass and wood sculpture.  It also includes, for the first time, Hopkins’ personal collection of the skeletons, shells and remnants of creatures picked up on beaches over his lifetime and which have inspired the artwork in this exhibition.

The sea was an integral part of Eric Hopkins’ childhood on the island of North Haven in Penobscot Bay.  His father owned a marina and fish market, and ran the ferry between North Haven and Vinalhaven islands.  “I look back and think how connected everything in my life was in those days,” Hopkins says of his childhood.  “The rocks and shells and bones and branches were my play things.  I’d see the patterns of clouds repeated on the waves on the water and later in the flesh of the filleted flounder.”

Over a period of ten years, Hopkins studied a variety of media at six different art schools, ending with Rhode Island School of Design where he learned to blow glass with world-famous glass sculptor Dale Chihuly.  Many of Eric’s blown glass shells are in this exhibit.

Admission is free for this reception.  The Penobscot Marine Museum is on Route One 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 open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday noon to 5:00 pm through Sunday, October 19.   PMM admission is free to Searsport residents.

Historic Catsup at Searsport Farmers’ Market

Marilyn Cleveland, owner of  Marilyn’s Jam Session, recently unearthed a century old recipe from her great Aunt Florence for Grape Catsup, which Aunt Florence made on her farm in New Gloucester, Maine in the early 20th century. Before the advent of Tomato Ketchup, many farmers’ wives made a spiced catsup from whatever fruit was available.  With offers of wild grapes from neighboring farms in Penobscot, Horsepower Farm and Quill’s End Farm, Marilyn made a  grape catsup based on great Aunt Florence’s recipe which she calls Conquered Grape.   Marilyn and her husband Scott give tastes of the catsup to their customers at farmers’ markets, who find it irresistible.

Marilyn’s Jam Session jams

Marilyn’s Jam Session jams

Another historic recipe which Marilyn is reviving is for rose hip flavored syrup.  Marilyn’s Beach Rose is made with local wild beach roses.   Rose hips are especially high in vitamin C, and have been eaten for generations for their health benefits.  Using local ingredients, Marilyn makes small batches, and her first batch of seventeen bottles of Beach Rose was sold in a few days.

Marilyn’s Jam Session was founded six years ago, with such unusual jams including a wild blueberry and lime called Blueberry Riff, a half and half wild blackberry and blueberry jelly called Blackberry Blues, a super-hot pepper jam made with Bulgarian carrot peppers called Bulgarian Bebop, and an orange and habanera combination called Orange Up!.  Marilyn’s husband, Scott, is a jazz pianist and names the jams.  Since its launch Marilyn has developed nearly twenty varieties of jam, jelly, preserves, spreads and relishes.

Marilyn’s Jam Session can be found every Tuesday from 2:30 to 5:30 at the Searsport Farmers’ Market on Route One.  For more information on Marilyn’s Jam Session email mainejamsession@gmail.com or visit www.marilynsjamsession.net, or Marilyn’s Jam Session Facebook page: www.facebook.com/marilynsjamsession.