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.