Past Exhibitions

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.

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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.

Penobscot Marine Museum’s Rare Historic Photographs of Down East On View at Mount Desert Island Historical Society

Searsport, Maine, January 8, 2014 – The Mount Desert Island Historical Society is hosting Penobscot Marine Museum’s exhibit “Hancock County through Eastern’s Eye,” a collection of rare photographs of towns and villages in Hancock County, Maine taken in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The exhibit features images that have never been exhibited in public, with captions researched by more than twenty historical societies, libraries, and individuals.

Art Building, Bar Harbor, Photo Courtesy Penobscot Marine Museum

Art Building, Bar Harbor, Photo Courtesy Penobscot Marine Museum

This exhibit is taken from the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Collection, which was given to the Penobscot Marine Museum in 2007, after it was rescued from a flood at its previous home in Rockport, Maine. Now approaching 50,000 negatives, the Eastern collection includes scenes not only of Maine but of the rest of New England and upstate New York as well. In 2011, PMM launched its online database making this collection and others available for research, education, genealogical research and fun!

Watering Tub, Seal Harbor

Watering Tub, Seal Harbor, Photo Courtesy Penobscot Marine Museum

The exhibit will be on display at the Sound School House, 373 Sound Drive/Route 198, Mount Desert, Maine, beginning with an opening reception from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm on Thursday, January 9, 2014. The exhibit will be open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday and runs through February 28, 2014.

Underfoot: Footwear, Hooked Rugs, In the Cellar and Below Decks

Left: Victorian Shoes, Right: Hooked Rug

Left: Victorian Shoes, Right: Hooked Rug

Opens on Friday, December 4th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Main Street Gallery with a holiday party including Christmas gingerbread houses, a book signing with five Maine authors, and the town of Searsport’s Holiday Tree Lighting.

This exhibit 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 on display.  The museum’s own cellar will be open to show the world of food storage before refrigeration.

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.

Knox County Through the Eastern Eye

Knox-County-ExhibitA selection of photographs from the Eastern Illustrating Collection featuring every town in Knox County with descriptive captions based on information received from the local historical societies and historians.
May & June
Friendship Town Office
6 Harbor Rd., Friendship, ME
Open to Public Mon-Fri 9:00am – 3:00pm and Tuesdays until 7:00pm
July & August
North Haven Historical Society Archive Building
P.O. Box 322 77 Pulpit Harbor Road, North Haven, ME 04853
207-867-4752
September & October
Maine Lighthouse Museum
One Park St., Rockland, ME 04841
(207) 594-3301

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For Those In Peril: Shipwrecks, Memorials, and Rescues

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Saturday, May 25 through Sunday, October 20, 2013

Explore with us 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 is funded in part by the Davis Family Foundation and the Maine Humanities Council.

Washington County Through the Eastern Eye

Washington-CountyA selection of photographs from the Eastern Illustrating Collection featuring every town in Washington County with descriptive captions based on information received from the local historical societies and historians.
April
Henry D. Moore Library
22 Village Rd., Steuben, ME
(207) 546-7301
May
Fort O’Brien School
492 Port Rd PO Box 37, Machiasport, ME 04655
(207) 255-4575
June & July
Art Gallery at University of Maine in Machias
116 O’Brien Avenue
Machias, Maine 04654
Phone: (207) 255-1200

 

August
Jonesport Historical Society
Sawyer Building 1st Floor
21 Sawyer Square, Jonesport, ME
October
Lubec Memorial Library
55 Water Street, Lubec, Maine 04652
(207) 733-2491
November & December
Washington County Community College
One College Drive, Calais, ME 04619
(207) 454-1000, (800) 210-6932

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