Lectures, Workshops, Events

For more information or to register for any of these programs, contact Jeana Ganskop, Education Director, at 207-548-2529 ext. 213 or

Sources of inspiration with Ralph Stanley

Penobscot Marine Museum 2 Church Street, Searsport

August 25, 2018
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Free with Museum Admission

Ralph Stanley will be showing off some of the half models he has built and talking about how he uses them to build full size models.

A Yankee Expeditioner’s Thoughts on the Penobscot Expedition

PMM Visitors Center 2 Church St., Searsport, ME

October 4
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
PMM Visitors Center
$5 for members and $8 for non-members

The Penobscot Expedition, during the Revolutionary War, was the worst naval disaster in American history until Pearl Harbor. David Middleton, a costumed interpreter, will discuss the failures of the assault on Magabigaduce (Castine) and the consequences to the Mid-coast and Penobscot regions of Maine.

Boat Building in Lubec

PMM Visitors Center 2 Church St., Searsport, ME

October 11
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
PMM Visitors Center
$5 for members and $8 for non-members

Blue Hill Bay Lighthouse

PMM Visitors Center 2 Church St., Searsport, ME

October 18
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
PMM Visitors Center
$5 for members and $8 for non-members

Judy Chandler's grandparents ran the Blue Hill Bay Lighthouse. They raised twelve children at this remote lighthouse accessible by foot only at low tide or by boat. Using family photos, hear about her family's adventures and experience living in a lighthouse.

Sights and Songs of the Seas

Colonial Theater 163 High St, Belfast, ME

November 19, 2018
Doors open at 6:30; program begins at 7:00
$12 in advance or $15 at the door
At the Colonial Theatre, 163 High Street, Belfast

Join Penobscot Marine Museum for an evening of sea shanties and a screening of the film Around Cape Horn.

For more information or to purchase tickets by phone, please call 207-548-2529.

Off Campus Event: “Maine in the China Trade”

Belfast Free Library 106 High St., Belfast, ME

Cipperly Good, Curator and Collections Manager of the Penobscot Marine Museum, presents “Maine in the China Trade.” This event is free and open to all. This presentation is hosted by the Belfast Free Library and offered as a free community event in in anticipation of the 32nd Annual Camden Conference –Is This China’s Century?, February 22-24, 2019. For more information, please visit or call 207-236-1034.


Off Campus Event: “Kosti Comes Home”

PMM Photo Archivist, Matt Wheeler, and Deanna Bonner-Ganter, author of Kosti Ruohomaa: The Photographer Poet, will speak about Kosti’s life and the collection coming to Penobscot Marine Museum.


Off Campus Event: Readfield, The Postcard View: Selections from Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company

Asa Gile Hall 8 Old Kents Hill Rd, Readefield

Sat., March 16, 2019 at 1:00pm
Asa Gile Hall, 8 Old Kents Hill Rd., Readfield

Johnson’s program will include the story of “Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co.” and a slideshow of historical views of Readfield and its neighboring towns of Winthrop, Wayne, Fayette, Mt. Vernon, Vienna, Belgrade and Manchester.
For more information Contact (207)377-2299 or


Speaker: Object-Based Learning

Penobscot Marine Museum 2 Church Street, Searsport

Thursday, May 23, 6pm-8pm
$5 for members, $8 for non-members, free for teachers

What can you learn from a ship’s painting, a 19th-century logbook, or a souvenir from China? How can these objects be used to teach? In this interactive presentation, PMM staff will discuss the benefits of object-based learning. Guidelines will be provided for using Museum artifacts as primary sources in the classroom and as starting points for storytelling.

Speaker: Where in the World with John Worth

PMM Old Vestry 2 Church St., Searsport, ME

Thursday, June 20, 6pm
$8/person, $5/PMM member

Where in the World is John Worth? John Worth spent his life driving tugs, windjammers, and other workboats on Penobscot Bay. This past year, he took off on a retirement trip, "The Kite" by water; come hear about the ports he visited and the adventures he had traveling up the Hudson, Erie Canal, St. Lawrence, and down the Chambly Canal, through Lake Champlain, and back out the Hudson. Presented in conjunction with the Maine Retired Skippers.

Sponsored by Hamilton Marine