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

Cipperly Good, “Maine in the Coolie Trade”

PMM Visitors Center 2 Church St., Searsport, ME

Cipperly Good, “Maine in the Coolie Trade”
Thursday, August 3, 7 pm
Visitors Center, 2 Church St.
Cost: $8, $5 Members

Maine merchant mariners in the 1850s and 1860s began carrying a new cargo on their China Trade Route: Chinese indentured servants bound for the sugar plantations of Cuba. Come see logbooks and shipping papers that shed light on the voyage to a new plantation economy.

Jeff Dworsky, “A Way of Life: Fishing Families of Stonington”

PMM's Merithew House, 6 Church Street 6 Church St., Searsport, ME

Jeff Dworsky, “A Way of Life: Fishing Families of Stonington”
Thursday, August 10, 7 pm
PMM's Merithew House, 6 Church Street
Cost: $8, $5 Members

Join us for a conversation with photographer Jeff Dworsky as he talks about the changing way of life in Stonington Maine and what inspired him to document it. 

Paul Molyneaux: A Doryman’s Reflection

PMM Visitors Center 2 Church St., Searsport, ME

What happens when the oceans are emptied of all their fish? What happens when three hundred years of human knowledge and expertise disappear before the onslaught of the technology-driven world? Author and fisherman Paul Molyneaux will answer these questions during our speaker’s series on September 7 at 7pm in the Museum Admissions Center at 2 Church Street.

Molyneaux wrote The Doryman’s Reflection, an account of what transpired in the New England fisheries over the past half century, as told by the people who lived it, including Molyneaux himself. Fishermen survive as relics, the last hunter-gatherers among us. Their boats, crammed with ropes and nets, carry the mystique of a nearly forgotten world ruled by the elements. Molyneaux as a young man journeyed to Maine with no experience and a dream of working on a boat. This is the story of his apprenticeship with Bernard Raynes, one of Maine’s last independent commercial fishermen. Originally published in 2005, the book has been thoroughly updated to cover the events of the past ten years.

For more information, please call 207-548-2529.


Captain David Gelinas presents Penobscot Bay Piloting


Captain David Gelinas will discuss Maine's State Pilotage System and how it is practiced on Penobscot Bay. The talk will cover State Law requirements for foreign flag ships, the role of the State Pilots, Training, and local practices.


Lobster Boat Races with Jon Johansen


What does it take to race a lobster boat? How do Maine lobster boat races work? In this presentation, Jon Johansen, Penobscot Marine Museum Board President and President of the Maine Lobster Boat Racing Association, will discuss the logistics of the races and exciting stories and photographs.