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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 Came. Donnell’s noveltellsthestory of a young girl who records in her diary what Maine life was like in the bizarre weather of the year 1816, with ice and frozen apple blossoms in May and a snow storm in June. Learn the true story of the massive volcano eruption which most scientist now believe caused the year of unusual weather. This talk and book signing is in Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine. Admission is free.

1816: The Year That Summer Never Came by Mayra Donnell

1816: The Year That Summer Never Came by Mayra Donnell

Penobscot Marine Museum, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine is an historic seaport village which entertains the whole family with fun hands-on activities, a beautifully furnished ship captain’s house, stunning displays of scrimshaw and marine paintings, E.B. White’s sail boat and much more.  The Museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday noon to 5:00 pm, May 24th through October 19th.  For more information on Museum events, exhibits and programs, go to www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org or call 207-548-2529 or 0334.

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 Neill has appeared on television documentaries on PBS, A&E, Discovery and National Geographic Society productions. This talk is at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine.  Tickets are $8 for museum members and Searsport residents, and $10 for non-members.

World Ocean Observatory Director Peter Neill

World Ocean Observatory Director Peter Neill

The World Ocean Observatory advocates for the ocean through independent, responsible, apolitical science, and is dedicated to advancing public understanding of ocean issues through institutional collaboration and partnerships,  pro-active programs, and connection with individual subscribers around the world.  It was founded in 2004 as a recommendation of the 1998 Independent World Commission on the Future of the Oceans.  Peter Neill has also served as President of the South Street Seaport Museum, New York, and as Director for Maritime Preservation for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.   He is a Trustee of Penobscot Marine Museum.

Penobscot Marine Museum, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine is an historic seaport village which entertains the whole family with fun hands-on activities, a beautifully furnished ship captain’s house, stunning displays of scrimshaw and marine paintings, E.B. White’s sail boat and much more.  The Museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday noon to 5:00 pm, May 24th through October 19th.  For more information on Museum events, exhibits and programs, go to www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org or call 207-548-2529 or 0334.

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 telling them to ask local citizens what they should photograph, what was important to them about their town.   This exhibit is hosted by the Deer-Isle-Stonington Historical Society, and will be at the Island Heritage Trust barn, 420 Sunset Rd., Deer Isle, through August 31st.

Stonington, Maine courtesy Penobscot Marine Museum

Stonington, Maine courtesy Penobscot Marine Museum

An online exhibit on Penobscot Marine Museum’s website www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org includes many additional Hancock County images.   The Eastern collection is the largest single photographic collection in Maine, consisting of nearly 50,000 images of Maine and the rest of New England and upstate New York. Most of the photos are on glass-plate negatives.   The Penobscot Marine Museum is raising funds to acquire more of Eastern’s negatives, and has recently added a searchable database online to their website which includes nearly 30,000 Eastern Illustrating photographs. Photo prints are available from the museum, with proceeds from their sale going to expand the collection.  The exhibit was funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts and is part of four county exhibits the Penobscot Marine Museum will produce.

Exhibit hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  The exhibit is free.  For more information go to www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org or www.dis-historicalsociety.org.

Penobscot Marine Museum is 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.

Gee’s Bend Events

Photo Feb 01, 11 44 54 AMEXHIBIT: “Do It Your Way”: Gee’s Bend Quilts & Quilters in Maine
Exhibit Penobscot Marine Museum, Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine, from August 2nd through September 7th, 2014. Sponsored by Fiber College of Maine and the Emily and William Muir Community Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. For more information call Penobscot Marine Museum at 207-548-2529 or 0334 or click here.

EXHIBIT: “Do It Your Way”: Gee’s Bend Quilts at Maine Fiberarts in Topsham, Maine
July 4–August 30, at Maine Fiberarts, 13 Main St., Topsham, Maine. For more information call 207-721-0678.

Chris Marshall

Chris Marshall

TALK: Knowing their place: two stories (and the truth) about an African-American settlement in Troy – illustrated talk
Unity College Professor Chris Marshall will give a talk on Thursday, August 14, 7:00 pm at Penobscot Marine Museum. Chris Marshall and his Unity College students interviewed Troy, Maine residents, sought out old records, and excavated the site of the original settlement to discover the stories, and the truth, about what happened to the African-Americans settlement of the 1800’s in rural Waldo County. Tickets are $10 for non-members and $8 for members. For more information call Penobscot Marine Museum at 207-548-2529 or 0334 or click here.

Scallions, acrylic by Susan Tobey White

Scallions, acrylic by Susan Tobey White

PAINTING WORKSHOP: 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. For a list of materials, please call Susan White at 207-338-8990 or email stwhite@gwi.net. The workshop fee is $75 which includes museum admission. To register for Patchwork of Color please call Penobscot Marine Museum at 207-548-2529 or 548-0334. Read More

CLASSES: Gee’s Bend quilters will be at Fiber College of Maine teaching quilting classes September 3rd through September 8th. For more information go to website fibercollege.org or by calling (207) 548-6059.

Gee’s Bend quilter, courtesy Fiber College of Maine

Gee’s Bend quilter, courtesy Fiber College of Maine

DINNER & SING & TALK: On the evening of September 3rd the First Congregational Church of Searsport will host a New England boiled dinner, and a discussion forum and gospel singing Gee’s bend quilters. The forum, during which two quilts will be raffled, will be moderated by Maine Center for Contemporary Art Director Suzette McAvoy. This event was organized by Fiber College of Maine and tickets are available through their website fibercollege.org or by calling (207) 548-6059. Read More

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, and on the museum’s Thursday night summer talks, call 207-548-2529 or 0334, or go to www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org.

Wooden boat built by Cottrell Boatbuilders

Wooden boat built by Cottrell Boatbuilders

Artisan Days: Demonstrations of 19th Century Crafts at Penobscot Marine Museum is on Thursdays in August from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.  On August 14th and 21st Alice Seeger will demonstrate 19th century spinning and weaving.  On August 28th wooden boatbuilding will be demonstrated by Cottrell Boatbuilding.  Artisan Days is a collaboration with Boothbay Railway Village in Boothbay, Maine and is sponsored by Knickerbocker Group: Designers, Builders, Cabinetmakers, Caretakers.  This program is free with PMM admission.

Wednesday, August 6th and 20th at 11:00 am: The Herring Are In! is a children’s craft program based on fishing for herring.  Make a weir and learn how to fish!   This program is free with PMM admission.

Friday, August 8th at 1:00 pm join author Lucinda Hathaway for a fun filled afternoon of high seas adventure and travel-inspired art.  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!  This program is free with PMM admission.

Wednesday, August 13, 11:00 am to noon, bring your children to Weave a Wristband with Alice Seeger.  Use a simple loom to weave your own colorful wristband!  Spinning sheep’s wool and weaving warm coverlets was an essential task for fending off Maine’s winter chill.  Learn about weaving and spinning.  This program is free with PMM admission.

Friday, August 15, 10:30 am is Art in the Gallery.  Bring your children and join Heather Davis in making an art project based on an object in the PMM collection.  This program is free with PMM admission.

Friday, August 22, 10:30 pm: Children’s Reading Corner.  Come listen to excerpts from the children’s classic One Morning in Maine read out loud.  This program is free with PMM admission.

Saturday, August 23, 2:00 pm: Talk and Book Signing: 1816: The Year That Summer Never Came.  This story, by author Mayra Donnell, is of a young girl who records in her diary what Maine life was like in the bizarre weather of the year 1816.  In the summer of 1816, instead of scorching summers, they experienced ice and frozen apple blossoms in May and a snow storm in June.  Learn the true story of why 1816 was a year of unusual weather.  In PMM’s Main Street Gallery.  Admission free.

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

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 a list of materials, please call Susan White at 207-338-8990 or email stwhite@gwi.net.  The workshop fee is $75 which includes museum admission.   To register for Patchwork of Color please call Penobscot Marine Museum at 207-548-2529 or 548-0334.

Scallions, acrylic by Susan Tobey White

Scallions, acrylic by Susan Tobey White

Susan Tobey White teaches painting workshops and owns High Street Studio & Gallery in Belfast, Maine.  She designed the 2004 and 2007 North Atlantic Blues Festival Poster and the 2008-2012 Maine Celtic Festival Poster, and recently earned the title of Golden Artist Educator by being one of 18  artist/workshop instructors chosen to participate in an intensive week long workshop learning about the acrylic products created by Golden Artist Colors, a leading manufacturer of acrylic paints.  Her work is in private collections throughout the United States, in Canada, Europe and Australia.

“Do It Your Way”: Gee’s Bend Quilts & Quilters in Maine isat Penobscot Marine Museum from Saturday, August 2nd through September 7th, 2014.  This is the first time that Gee’s Bend quilts, which achieved fame in a series of national exhibits beginning in 1998, have been north of Boston.  The exhibit is sponsored by Fiber College of Maine and the Emily and William Muir Community Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.

Crazy Quilt by Lucy Mongo

Crazy Quilt by Lucy Mongo

Penobscot Marine Museum has seven new exhibits and over fifty programs and events this season.  Its historic 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 members and to Searsport residents.  For museum information call Penobscot Marine Museum at 207-548-2529 or 207-548-0334.

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

Chris Marshall

Chris Marshall

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 since the very beginning of its settlement by Europeans, never in large numbers but always present.   People in the central Maine  town of Troy have local stories about an African-American settlement there in the late 1800’s, which is said to have been large and self-sufficient at one time but is now vanished. What was the reality of the place, and what was its fate?  Between 2004 and 2007, Chris Marshall and his Unity College students interviewed Troy residents, sought out old records, and excavated the site of the original settlement to discover the stories, and the truth, about what happened to the African-Americans of rural Waldo County.

Chris Marshall is professor of anthropology at Unity College. He researches the ecology and historical archaeology of early Euro-and Afro-American settlers in the Central Maine back-country, with emphasis on land-human interaction and landscape archaeology.

Knowing their place: two stories (and the truth) about an African-American settlement in Troy, illustrated talk by Chris Marshall on Thursday, August 14, 7:00 pm at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine.  Tickets are $10 for non-members and $8 for members.  To buy tickets call 207-548-2529 or 207-548-0334.

For museum information call Penobscot Marine Museum at 207-548-2529.  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 members and to Searsport residents.

 

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 and William Muir Community Fund of the Maine Community Foundation, will be at the museum’s Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine, from August 2nd through September 7th, 2014.

To meet the quilters: Gee’s Bend quilters China Pettway, Stella Mae Pettway, Revil Mosely and Lucy Mingo will be at Fiber College of Maine teaching quilting classes September 3rd through September 8th. On the evening of September 3rd the First Congregational Church of Searsport will host a New England boiled dinner, and a discussion forum and gospel singing with China Pettway, Stella Mae Pettaway, Revil Mosley and Lucy Mingo. The forum, during which two quilts will be raffled, will be moderated by Maine Center for Contemporary Art Director Suzette McAvoy. This event was organized by Fiber College of Maine and tickets are available through their website fibercollege.org or by calling (207) 548-6059.

Maine Fiberarts in Topsham, Maine also has an exhibit of Gee’s Bend quilts July 4th through August 30th. Maine Fiberarts, 13 Main St., Topsham, Maine has fiber exhibitions, studio tours, and networking events. For more information call 207-721-0678.

Crazy Quilt by Lucy Mongo

Crazy Quilt by Lucy Mongo

For more information call Penobscot Marine Museum at 207-548-2529. 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.

Fiber College of Maine, on Route One in Searsport, Maine, is the largest fiber arts education gathering on the East Coast. For more information call 207-548-6059.

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.