Old Towns/New Country: The First Years of a New Nation

A workshop for teachers & local history enthusiasts sponsored by the Massachusetts Historical Society, Penobscot Marine Museum, and Castine Historical Society

Wednesday, August 6 and Thursday, August 7, 2014
Penobscot Marine Museum and Castine Historical Society
Searsport and Castine, Maine
8:30am — 3:30pm

Old Towns/New Country: The First Years of a New Nation is a two-day workshop exploring the use of local resources—documents, artifacts, landscapes, and the rich expertise in every town—to examine historical issues with a national focus. It concentrates on the period just after the American Revolution and the concerns and conflicts, hopes and fears, experiences and expectations of the people living in the Penobscot Bay and River area at a time of uncertainty, fragility, and possibility. This workshop, sponsored by Massachusetts Historical Society, Penobscot Marine Museum, and Castine Historical Society, is open to teachers, librarians, archivists, members of local historical societies, and all interested local history enthusiasts. Educators can earn 15 PDPs and 1 Graduate Credit (for an additional fee) from Framingham State University.

Photo: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co collection, Penobscot Marine Museum

Photo: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co collection, Penobscot Marine Museum

Workshop faculty will include the MHS Department of Education and Public Programs, Penobscot
Marine Museum and Castine Historical Society staff, archeologist Peter Morrison, Searsport
District High School history teacher Leanne Groening, and others. The program will also include
visits to the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, and the Castine Historical Society and
Witherle Woods in Castine.

The workshop will be held from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at Penobscot Marine Museum Library, 11 Church Street, Searsport, Maine on Wednesday, August 6 and at Castine Historical Society and Witherle Woods on Thursday, August 7. There is a $25 charge to cover lunches on two days; program and material costs have been generously funded by the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation.

For more information, or to register, please contact the education department at Massachusetts Historical Society at education@masshist.org or (617) 646-0557.