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Boothbay Railway Village in Boothbay, Maine

Saturday, May 3 from 1:30 – 3:00 pm
The Boothbay Railway Village in partnership with the Boothbay Region Historical Society will host Kevin
Johnson, photo archivist for the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine for an illustrated talk entitled Boothbay: The Postcard View; Selections from the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company. The talk will take place inside the Town Hall at the Boothbay Railway Village. Admission is free, donations to the Penobscot Marine Museum are appreciated. The Boothbay Railway Village is located at 586 Wiscasset Road,
Route 27 in Boothbay, Maine.

The Apprenticeshop in Rockland, Maine

Thursday, May 8, 7:00 pm
Kevin Johnson, photo archivist for the Penobscot Marine Museum, will discuss and share the maritime photography archives of the Penobscot Marine Museum of Searsport. The Apprenticeshop, is located at 643 Main Street in Rockland. The event is open to the public and admission is $5.

Summerfolk: The Postcard View

Live on the Maine Memory Network

Hancock County Through Eastern’s Eye

Through April 30 at
Sullivan Town Office
1888 US Hwy 1

Historic Photographs of Schooner Bowdoin Returning From Greenland

Now Online at Penobscot Marine Museum
The John Booras Collection of historic photographs of the schooner Bowdoin, probably taken in1924 on a return voyage of Arctic exploration from Greenland, is now online. Most of these one hundred and forty photographs were taken at a stop the Bowdoin made on Monhegan Island, and they provide an intimate look at an Arctic expedition making its way home. A native-made kayak, a young girl in native Greenlandic dress, and northern dogs are seen on board ship. The Bowdoin’s famous captain Admiral Donald B. MacMillan, who was recruited for Arctic exploration by Robert E. Peary, is being presented with flowers by local children. John Booras, a retired postman who collects and researches old photographs, found these negatives in a shop in Massachusetts, bought the collection, and returned it to Maine by donating it to the Penobscot Marine Museum.

Cash Mob at Penobscot Marine Museum

Saturday, April 26
11:00 am to 1:00 pm

cash mob

Come join the Cash Mob! Mob the Museum Store, 40 E. Main Street. Spend $20 and you will be entered into a raffle held by Bangor Savings Bank for something wonderful from a Bucksport area business (thank you Bangor Savings Bank!) AND a Museum Store raffle for a beautiful and useful Maine Lobster Rope basket AND
four museum admission passes. You must be present during the raffle drawing to be eligible. Support local business.

Thank you Bucksport Area Chamber of Commerce for hosting this event!

Small Wooden Boats Forum at Penobscot Marine Museum

Searsport, Maine, April 1, 2014 – Small Wooden Boats is the topic of April’s Maine Boatbuilding Forum at Penobscot Marine Museum on Thursday, April 10th at 7:00 pm. Maine’s small wooden boat builders are known for superb craftsmanship and they play a key role in preserving Maine’s maritime culture and making that culture an important part of our future. John Brooks, Cottrell Boat Building, Arch Davis, Havilah Hawkins, Greg Rossel, O’Donovan & Dole Wooden Boatworks, Richard Stanley, and Chris Stickney are the boat builders participating in the forum. A Peapod donated to the Penobscot Marine Museum by the Hawkins family will be on display for attendees at the talk, along will half-models and boat plans for boats built by Havilah Hawkins’ uncle Arno Day.

John Brooks, of Brooks Boats Designs in Brooklin, designed and built his first glued-lapstrake boat in 1987, and he and his partner Ruth Hill have been designing and building glued-lapstrake boats together since 1990.

Penobscot Wherry built by Cottrell Boat Building

Penobscot Wherry built by Cottrell Boat Building

Cottrell Boat Building in Searsport is a family business and includes Dale Cottrell’s wife Lynn, son Seth, and occasionally sons Josh, Ben and daughter Kate. Dale has been designing, building and restoring boats for over 40 years, but his real love is small boats. Cottrell is the designer of the Puffin Dinghy, thousands of which are used in harbors around the world. Cottrell Boat Building uses local woods whenever possible and make sure that their wood is sustainably and ethically grown and harvested.

Arch Davis of Arch Davis Designs in Belfast has been helping people to build beautiful wooden boats since 1988. His approach to design is to use modern materials – marine plywood and epoxy resin – to build a truly lovely boat with classic lines.

Capt. Havilah “Haddie” Hawkins of Segdwick is a fourth-generation boat builder. His father designed and built a version of the quintessential Maine double-ended rowing boats known as Peapods, developed from a lapstrake boat he found over on Deer Isle. He built about 47 of them using a cement mold as a production tool.

Greg Rossel is a long-time instructor at WoodenBoat School, teaching lofting, skiff building, and the Fundamentals of Boatbuilding. He has written over 100 articles for WoodenBoat and other publications and is the author and illustrator of Building Small Boats, a book on carvel and traditional lapstrake boatbuilding published by WoodenBoat Books. In spring Greg teaches boat building to students from Searsport District High School at Penobscot Marine Museum.

Patrick and John of O’Donovan & Dole Wooden Boatworks in Searsport have a combined boat building experience of over 15 years. They build boats reflecting the way they have been built for generations. They build boats that will last for generations, and they help people who own wooden boats to keep them sailing for years to come.

Richard Stanley of Richard Stanley Custom Boats in Bass Harbor never wanted to be anything but a wooden boatbuilder. From the time he could walk, he was out back in father’s boatyard. When he was old enough to use tools, Richard began helping in his father, Ralph Stanley’s shop. If Ralph didn’t have work for him, Richard ventured out to other local builders’ shops, to watch new boats being built and old boats being fixed. For nearly 50 years, he has devoted his entire being to the art of building functional, beautiful wooden boats.

Chris Stickney of C. Stickney Boatbuilders Ltd, St. George, aims to bring new life into older wooden boats and introduce people to the virtues of new wooden boats by building skiffs in his St. George shop. His personal dedication to craftsmanship at an affordable price has attracted boaters looking for a new boat or the repair and restoration of an older vessel.

The Maine Boatbuilding Forum is moderated by Jon Johansen of Maine Coastal News, and is held at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery, Route One, Searsport, Maine. Tickets are $8 members and $10 non-members. For more information call 207-548-2529 or 0334.

Maine Boatbuilding Forum Launches in March

Searsport, Maine, February 11, 2014 – Boat building is an important part of Maine’s cultural and economic life, bringing millions of dollars into the state and providing thousands of jobs. This March Penobscot Marine Museum launches the Maine Boatbuilding Forum, a monthly conversation with boat builders about the “how” and “why” of the boats they build, and to look at ideas, trends and controversies in the boating world. Maine Coastal News publisher Jon Johansen will serve as moderator.

Schooner HERITTAGE Captains Doug and Linda Lee will speak at the March 8th Maine Boatbuilding Forum

Schooner HERITTAGE Captains Doug and Linda Lee will speak at the March 8th Maine Boatbuilding Forum

Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 2pm
Schooners: with Captains Doug and Linda Lee, Captain John Foss, Captain Havilah Hawkins, Captain Bill Brown, Captain Steven Pagels, Captain Dan Miller, Captains Kate Kana and Zander Parker, and Captain John Worth. Join schooner builders and the captains who sail them as they debate which type of schooner is best for the windjammer trade and who is going to win this year’s Schooner Race.

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 7pm
Small Wooden Boats: with boat builders Dale Cottrell, Greg Rossel, Richard Stanley, Chris Stickney and others. Join the small boat builders of Penobscot Bay who create the craft that allow us enjoy a day of rowing and sailing, and trailer it home at the end of the day. Expect a lively discussion of updated designs versus staying true to tradition, power tools versus hand tools and how to walk away with the boat of your dreams.

Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 7pm
Boat Builders of Mount Desert Island: with boat builders Richard Helmke, and Richard and Ralph Stanley and others. Mount Desert Island is home to high-end yacht builders, lobster boat builders, and traditional sloop builders. Join us for a discussion of how a 108 mile square island’s boat designers can cater to the summer residents, the lobstermen and commercial fishermen still plying the waters just offshore, and everyone in between.

The talks will be at the Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery, Route One, Searsport, Maine. Tickets are $8 members and $10 non-members. For more information go to www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org or call 207-548-2529 or 0334.

Holiday Party and Underfoot Opening at Penobscot Marine Museum

Media Contact: Kathy Goldner, kgoldner@pmm-maine.org, 207.548.2529 x216

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.


Left: Victorian Shoes, Right: Hooked Rug

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.

Are Maine Scientists Changing America’s Energy Future?

Media Contact: Kathy Goldner, kgoldner@pmm-maine.org, 207.548.2529 x216

VolturnUS, the first grid-connected offshore wind turbine

VolturnUS, the first grid-connected offshore wind turbine

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.

Larry Parent, Assistant Director, Advanced Structures and Composites Center, University of Maine, Orono

Larry Parent, Assistant Director, Advanced Structures and Composites Center, University of Maine, Orono

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.

July 2013 Signal Flags

Pen Bay Day!
Join the party on Saturday, July 6th!
Penbayday Collage

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.
Admission Free.
For more information call 207-548-2529

July Events at PMM
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Click here more information.

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!

Hamilton Marine and J C Holcomb Photography
Thank You for this fabulous virtual tour of Penobscot Marine Museum.
You can see it on our website and on Hamilton Marine’s website!

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.


523Events Off Campus
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

May 2013 Signal Flags

For Those in Peril: Shipwrecks, Memorials, and Rescues
Celebrate Penobscot Marine Museum’s 2013 season!

Those in Peril Collage
Join us for the opening reception of this exciting exhibit, share delicious victuals and ale. Stories of “those in peril” will come alive for visitors to the Penobscot Marine Museum this season. Through exciting interactive exhibits designed by English theater designer Chez Cherry, and with the Museum’s collections of marine art, portraits, photographs, lifesaving equipment, original manuscripts and logbooks, small watercraft, models, and navigational instruments, visitors will learn about the perils of the sea and how these perils have shaped, and continue to shape, our lives in coastal Maine.

Opening Reception
Friday, May 24th
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
at the Penobscot Marine Museum Gallery
40 East Main Street
Searsport, Maine

On Saturday, May 25th Penobscot Marine Museum opens for the season!
Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm,
Sunday noon to 5:00 pm. Check out our exciting events

Education News
Welcome our new Director of Education, Kathleen Curtin!

486Kathleen brings both enthusiasm and extensive experience as a social studies teacher and museum professional to her new position at PMM. At Plimoth Plantation, she held a number of positions including Manager of Education and Associate Director, Guest Experiences. She is also a food historian and author (she wrote a history of Thanksgiving with Islesboro’s own Sandy Oliver), founded an art house cinema and spent a fair amount of time sailing in and around the Elizabeth Islands of Cape Cod. Kathleen has a degree in history from University of Massachusetts and a Master’s in Education from the University of New Hampshire. She can be reached at kcurtin@pmm-maine.org or 207.548.2529 ext 206.

Volunteer Day!
A great day was had by all!
Thank you to the Yale Alumni (Thomas, Jamie, John, William, George, Pat, Buck), to Tom Preble and Charlie Carter on the excavator, to Neill Peterson and Donna Loomans window washers extraordinaire, to Buck Sawyer who fixed our table, to Kathleen who made delicious food, and all of you who made this day a great success.
Volunteer Collage
The new stone was raked into place, flower beds weeded, galleries vacuumed and dusted, storage areas cleaned out, floors washed, boats moved, and granite walls begun! And we had good conversation and wonderful food. Thank you all!

Object of the Month
483This marvelous object is a lamp made from a sperm whale’s tooth with a whale’s eyeball shade. Six square blocks of whalebone of varying sizes create the base. The scrimshander carved a baleen whale, a star, and the word “Thorshammer 1935″ into the tooth. Clifford N. Carver, president of the Western Operating Corporation which was an American whaling company founded in December 1936, gave the Museum his wonderful scrimshaw collection. His business partners were Norwegian and in all likelihood the lamp was a gift from them. The company was dissolved in the 1950s.

Come see the eyeball lamp!
Penobscot Marine Museum opens for the season on May 25th.

Thank you for your Business Membership at the Commodore Level
Join Cross Insurance and our many business partners in supporting Penobscot Marine Museum.

482“The best vacation you will ever have.” You’ve always wanted to cruise the beautiful islands and bays of downeast Maine. This is the summer you can make that dream a reality, because Schooner HERITAGE is offering Penobobscot Marine Museum members a 10% discount on all 2013 cruises!

Better yet, support Penobscot Marine Museum by sailing on June 4th, June 9th or June 16th. Penobobscot Marine Museum will receive 5% of your fare! Have a great vacation and support Penobscot Marine Museum.

For more information on this special members offer call 1-800-648-4555 or visit www.schoonerheritage.com
Not a member yet? Join us now! www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org
Thank you Schooner HERITAGE for your support of Penobscot Marine Museum.

PMM Photography News


Volunteers Chris Olsson, Phil Brown and Faith Garrold

Thank you, Cascade Foundation of Rockport, Maine and Maine Community Foundation your generous funding enabling us to purchase photographic equipment which bolsters our efforts to preserve, catalog, and share our extensive photography collections.

With this funding we have purchased two PCs to increase image processing speed and general efficiency; a Nikon D800E professional digital SLR camera, which will be used to digitally copy photographs from our holdings at high resolution and to capture archival-quality images of museum objects for our digital catalog; an additional Epson digital projector for use at public talks; a small, high-resolution digital still & video camera which will allow us to document museum activities by creating multimedia content, a professional digital voice recorder for recording and preserving oral histories; and two flatbed scanners to help us keep up with processing our ever-growing collections so that they can be shared with the world.

Events Off Campus
National Maritime Day
493Come see Penobscot Marine Museum’s booth at the National Maritime Day celebration in Belfast, Maine on Saturday, May 18 starting at 10:00 am.

Planned activities include: USCG Color Guard honoring mariners lost at sea, guided tours aboard commercial and training vessels, boat trips, pilot gig rowing, law enforcement vessels, pilot boats, tug boats, and many other port support vessels. There will be a live tug boat demonstration by Penobscot Bay Tractor Tug Company tug FOURNIER TRACTOR, and a demonstration of the Bangor Fire Department’s new fire and rescue boat. Live music by the Windbuyer’s.

For more information go to Propeller Club Searsport Bucksport.
For more PMM Events Off Campus, go to www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org/events.

Nathan Carver Award

PMM Object of the Month, March 2013

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.

Volunteer Day 2013

Volunteer Day is coming
Bring your oxcart, wear your best hat and…
Volunteer-Day-2013Help us clean the campus!
We need you and your friends, your rake, your shovel, your paintbrush, your huddled masses yearning to clean, and weed and paint.
Save the date, Saturday, May 11, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.