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Richard Ames – Risky Business: A Maine Village Goes Global

July 30, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Richard Ames

July 30

Richard M. Ames, guest curator and author, will give a talk on his research into ships built at Castine and their voyages that highlight the people and the risks involved in Castine’s 19th century global trade. As a youngster, Ames spent summers in Castine at the Whitney House, built in 1810 by his direct ancestors, Captain Henry and Lucy Perkins Whitney. During these visits he became fascinated by his family’s deep ties to the period of maritime trade which brought Castine considerable prosperity. For the last decade, Ames has researched Castine shipbuilding and international trade. His work provided the foundation for the Historical Society’s 2019 exhibit, Risky Business: Square-Rigged Ships and Salted Fish. Ames wrote a companion book, Risky Business: A Maine Village Goes Global, to accompany the exhibit. The book is available for sale online at

Richard and his wife, Laura, have three grown children and spend their time between Kiawah Island, S. C. and Highlands, N. C. and visit Castine in the summer. Richard has previously written articles on family history published in the Historical Society’s newsletter, The Castine Visitor. The Deborah Pulliam Memorial Lectures began in 2008 to honor the memory and achievements of Deborah Pulliam. Ms. Pulliam, who died in 2007, generously supported organizations in Castine and beyond. She was an active member of the Castine Historical Society and served as the editor of The Castine Visitor for six years.

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July 30, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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