Past Events

Volunteer Day & Yale Day of Service

Saturday, May 10, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

We have fun

We have fun

Come join the Yale alumni and their friends and family taking part in the annual YaleDayofService at Penobscot Marine Museum this May. Help us clean the boat barns, wash the windows, touch up the railings, and get ready for opening! We will feed you a delicious lunch.

Every spring for the past six years Yale volunteers have teamed up at service projects as varied as beautifying urban spaces, prepping special-needs camps for the season, and mentoring inner-city youth. Last year over 3500 participants pitched in at 232 sites in 16 countries.

This year will be the fourth YaleDayofService at Penobscot Marine Museum.
Thank you, to all our volunteers,
see you this Saturday!

We will feed you delicious food.

We will feed you delicious food.

Boat Builders of Mount Desert Island at Penobscot Marine Museum Boat Builders Forum

Thursday, May 8, at 7:00 pm the Maine Boatbuilding Forum will host boat builders of Mount Desert Island. Boat builders Hank Hinckley, Chummy Rich and Rich Helmke from Bass Harbor Boats, and Ralph and Richard Stanley, will talk about building everything from high-end yachts to lobster boats and traditional sloops for their diverse set of clients on Mount Desert Island and beyond.

Located in Southwest Harbor, Hank Hinckley Boat Builders specializes in building custom and semi-custom boats, and in restoring or rebuilding larger quality craft of up to about 45 feet. The company was formed in 1994 by Hank Hinckley, son of the founder of what is now The Hinckley Company.

Little Folly built by Ralph Stanley

Little Folly built by Ralph Stanley

Chummy Rich grew up in Tremont, Maine with a boat building grandfather Clifton Rich, and a boat building father Bobby Rich. After decades in a business that he loved, he was thinking of retiring when Rich Helmke approached him and they now work together at Bass Harbor Boats in Bernard.

Ralph Stanley is a Master Boatbuilder and a 1999 NEA National Heritage Fellow. His son, Richard Stanley, of Richard Stanley Custom Boats in Bass Harbor, followed in his father’s footsteps and has been building wooden boats for over fifty years.

The Maine Boatbuilding Forum is moderated by Jon Johansen of Maine Coastal News, and is held at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery, Route One, Searsport, Maine. Tickets are $8 members and $10 non-members. For more information go to or call 207-548-2529 or 0334.

Photography News

Photo news Collage

Boothbay Railway Village in Boothbay, Maine

Saturday, May 3 from 1:30 – 3:00 pm
The Boothbay Railway Village in partnership with the Boothbay Region Historical Society will host Kevin
Johnson, photo archivist for the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine for an illustrated talk entitled Boothbay: The Postcard View; Selections from the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company. The talk will take place inside the Town Hall at the Boothbay Railway Village. Admission is free, donations to the Penobscot Marine Museum are appreciated. The Boothbay Railway Village is located at 586 Wiscasset Road,
Route 27 in Boothbay, Maine.

The Apprenticeshop in Rockland, Maine

Thursday, May 8, 7:00 pm
Kevin Johnson, photo archivist for the Penobscot Marine Museum, will discuss and share the maritime photography archives of the Penobscot Marine Museum of Searsport. The Apprenticeshop, is located at 643 Main Street in Rockland. The event is open to the public and admission is $5.

Summerfolk: The Postcard View

Live on the Maine Memory Network

Hancock County Through Eastern’s Eye

Through April 30 at
Sullivan Town Office
1888 US Hwy 1

Historic Photographs of Schooner Bowdoin Returning From Greenland

Now Online at Penobscot Marine Museum
The John Booras Collection of historic photographs of the schooner Bowdoin, probably taken in1924 on a return voyage of Arctic exploration from Greenland, is now online. Most of these one hundred and forty photographs were taken at a stop the Bowdoin made on Monhegan Island, and they provide an intimate look at an Arctic expedition making its way home. A native-made kayak, a young girl in native Greenlandic dress, and northern dogs are seen on board ship. The Bowdoin’s famous captain Admiral Donald B. MacMillan, who was recruited for Arctic exploration by Robert E. Peary, is being presented with flowers by local children. John Booras, a retired postman who collects and researches old photographs, found these negatives in a shop in Massachusetts, bought the collection, and returned it to Maine by donating it to the Penobscot Marine Museum.

Cash Mob at Penobscot Marine Museum

Saturday, April 26
11:00 am to 1:00 pm

cash mob

Come join the Cash Mob! Mob the Museum Store, 40 E. Main Street. Spend $20 and you will be entered into a raffle held by Bangor Savings Bank for something wonderful from a Bucksport area business (thank you Bangor Savings Bank!) AND a Museum Store raffle for a beautiful and useful Maine Lobster Rope basket AND
four museum admission passes. You must be present during the raffle drawing to be eligible. Support local business.

Thank you Bucksport Area Chamber of Commerce for hosting this event!

Author Richard J. King Discusses a Misunderstood Bird

Searsport, Maine, April 4, 2014 – On Thursday, April 17 at 7:00 pm, author Richard J. King will talk about his book The Devil’s Cormorant: A Natural History, at Friends of Maine’s Seabird Islands in Rockland, Maine. King integrates hard science and extensive research to create a fascinating snapshot of how cormorants are both cherished and despised in different cultures around the world. King also will share his personal stories about his global adventures while researching this bird.

Left: The Devil’s Cormorant, Right: Author Richard J. Kin

Left: The Devil’s Cormorant, Right: Author Richard J. Kin

Richard J. King teaches Literature of the Sea with The Williams College-Mystic Seaport Maritime Studies Program. He is the author of Lobster, published by Reaktion Books, 2011, and has written widely on maritime topics. King also has been teaching and crewing on tall ships for over fifteen years.

Friends of Maine’s Seabird Islands’ Visitor Center is located at 9 Water Street (in the large white building where Rte. 73 and Water Street meet by the clock tower), Rockland, Maine. Admission is free. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Maine’s Seabird Islands, Penobscot Marine Museum and Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors. For more information call Friends of Maine’s Seabird Islands at 207-594-0600 or Penobscot Marine Museum at 207-548-2529.

Small Wooden Boats Forum at Penobscot Marine Museum

Searsport, Maine, April 1, 2014 – Small Wooden Boats is the topic of April’s Maine Boatbuilding Forum at Penobscot Marine Museum on Thursday, April 10th at 7:00 pm. Maine’s small wooden boat builders are known for superb craftsmanship and they play a key role in preserving Maine’s maritime culture and making that culture an important part of our future. John Brooks, Cottrell Boat Building, Arch Davis, Havilah Hawkins, Greg Rossel, O’Donovan & Dole Wooden Boatworks, Richard Stanley, and Chris Stickney are the boat builders participating in the forum. A Peapod donated to the Penobscot Marine Museum by the Hawkins family will be on display for attendees at the talk, along will half-models and boat plans for boats built by Havilah Hawkins’ uncle Arno Day.

John Brooks, of Brooks Boats Designs in Brooklin, designed and built his first glued-lapstrake boat in 1987, and he and his partner Ruth Hill have been designing and building glued-lapstrake boats together since 1990.

Penobscot Wherry built by Cottrell Boat Building

Penobscot Wherry built by Cottrell Boat Building

Cottrell Boat Building in Searsport is a family business and includes Dale Cottrell’s wife Lynn, son Seth, and occasionally sons Josh, Ben and daughter Kate. Dale has been designing, building and restoring boats for over 40 years, but his real love is small boats. Cottrell is the designer of the Puffin Dinghy, thousands of which are used in harbors around the world. Cottrell Boat Building uses local woods whenever possible and make sure that their wood is sustainably and ethically grown and harvested.

Arch Davis of Arch Davis Designs in Belfast has been helping people to build beautiful wooden boats since 1988. His approach to design is to use modern materials – marine plywood and epoxy resin – to build a truly lovely boat with classic lines.

Capt. Havilah “Haddie” Hawkins of Segdwick is a fourth-generation boat builder. His father designed and built a version of the quintessential Maine double-ended rowing boats known as Peapods, developed from a lapstrake boat he found over on Deer Isle. He built about 47 of them using a cement mold as a production tool.

Greg Rossel is a long-time instructor at WoodenBoat School, teaching lofting, skiff building, and the Fundamentals of Boatbuilding. He has written over 100 articles for WoodenBoat and other publications and is the author and illustrator of Building Small Boats, a book on carvel and traditional lapstrake boatbuilding published by WoodenBoat Books. In spring Greg teaches boat building to students from Searsport District High School at Penobscot Marine Museum.

Patrick and John of O’Donovan & Dole Wooden Boatworks in Searsport have a combined boat building experience of over 15 years. They build boats reflecting the way they have been built for generations. They build boats that will last for generations, and they help people who own wooden boats to keep them sailing for years to come.

Richard Stanley of Richard Stanley Custom Boats in Bass Harbor never wanted to be anything but a wooden boatbuilder. From the time he could walk, he was out back in father’s boatyard. When he was old enough to use tools, Richard began helping in his father, Ralph Stanley’s shop. If Ralph didn’t have work for him, Richard ventured out to other local builders’ shops, to watch new boats being built and old boats being fixed. For nearly 50 years, he has devoted his entire being to the art of building functional, beautiful wooden boats.

Chris Stickney of C. Stickney Boatbuilders Ltd, St. George, aims to bring new life into older wooden boats and introduce people to the virtues of new wooden boats by building skiffs in his St. George shop. His personal dedication to craftsmanship at an affordable price has attracted boaters looking for a new boat or the repair and restoration of an older vessel.

The Maine Boatbuilding Forum is moderated by Jon Johansen of Maine Coastal News, and is held at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery, Route One, Searsport, Maine. Tickets are $8 members and $10 non-members. For more information call 207-548-2529 or 0334.

Penobscot Marine Museum’s Kevin Johnson Kicks Off Maritime Month Lecture Series at Camden Public Library

Searsport, Maine, March 28, 2014 – “The Coastwise Photography Collection of Ed Coffin” is the subject of Kevin Johnson’s talk on Tuesday, April 1 at 7:00 pm at Camden Public Library. Ed Coffin spent seventy years building this collection of photographs which document Maine’s maritime culture from Boothbay to Stockton Springs from the 1890’s to the 1980’s. In 2013 he donated this historic collection to Penobscot Marine Museum. An exhibit of the photographs, “The Coastwise Photography of Ed Coffin” will be on display in the Picker Room at the library through the month of April. This is the first time the collection has been on public display. Ed Coffin and Maynard Bray will be on hand during Kevin’s talk to answer questions.

The Penobscot Marine Museum’s three acre campus of twelve exhibit buildings will be open Saturday, May 24 through Sunday, October 19th, 2014. Penobscot Marine Museum Admissions and Store is located at 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine. The Museum Store and Framer are currently open Thursday through Saturday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information call 207-548-2529 or 0334.

PMM’s Ed Coffin Collection: moving Federal-style house by barge from Phippsburg

PMM’s Ed Coffin Collection: moving Federal-style house by barge from Phippsburg

Maine Boatbuilding Forum Launches in March

Searsport, Maine, February 11, 2014 – Boat building is an important part of Maine’s cultural and economic life, bringing millions of dollars into the state and providing thousands of jobs. This March Penobscot Marine Museum launches the Maine Boatbuilding Forum, a monthly conversation with boat builders about the “how” and “why” of the boats they build, and to look at ideas, trends and controversies in the boating world. Maine Coastal News publisher Jon Johansen will serve as moderator.

Schooner HERITTAGE Captains Doug and Linda Lee will speak at the March 8th Maine Boatbuilding Forum

Schooner HERITTAGE Captains Doug and Linda Lee will speak at the March 8th Maine Boatbuilding Forum

Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 2pm
Schooners: with Captains Doug and Linda Lee, Captain John Foss, Captain Havilah Hawkins, Captain Bill Brown, Captain Steven Pagels, Captain Dan Miller, Captains Kate Kana and Zander Parker, and Captain John Worth. Join schooner builders and the captains who sail them as they debate which type of schooner is best for the windjammer trade and who is going to win this year’s Schooner Race.

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 7pm
Small Wooden Boats: with boat builders Dale Cottrell, Greg Rossel, Richard Stanley, Chris Stickney and others. Join the small boat builders of Penobscot Bay who create the craft that allow us enjoy a day of rowing and sailing, and trailer it home at the end of the day. Expect a lively discussion of updated designs versus staying true to tradition, power tools versus hand tools and how to walk away with the boat of your dreams.

Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 7pm
Boat Builders of Mount Desert Island: with boat builders Richard Helmke, and Richard and Ralph Stanley and others. Mount Desert Island is home to high-end yacht builders, lobster boat builders, and traditional sloop builders. Join us for a discussion of how a 108 mile square island’s boat designers can cater to the summer residents, the lobstermen and commercial fishermen still plying the waters just offshore, and everyone in between.

The talks will be at the Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery, Route One, Searsport, Maine. Tickets are $8 members and $10 non-members. For more information go to or call 207-548-2529 or 0334.

Book signing and talk about the way Maine used to be

cows-are-out-Trudy-ChambersOn Saturday, February 15 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at PMM’s Main Street Gallery, Maine author Trudy Chambers Price will talk about The Cows Are Out! and My Journey, two memoirs of life in rural Maine.  Trudy grew up in Aroostook County where her family lived for five generations. She moved in 1966 when she and her husband Ron purchased a 150-acre dairy farm in Knox, Maine.  They raised their children and worked on the farm together for twenty-three years. The Cows Are Out! is Trudy’s funny and moving account of life on a family farm, chronicling a way of life that is disappearing across America.

My Journey, was compiled by Trudy but written by her dear friend Arthena Taylor Keller.  Arthena was born in 1927 in Montville, Maine, lost her mother at age two, her father at eight, and was raised by her grandparents on their farm in Freedom.  This is the true story of a life lived with joy and pluck, in circumstances which today we would consider very difficult.  It is also the story of how life in Maine has changed.  Arthena Keller passed away this year and is deeply missed by her friends and family; her daughter Kathy Keller Cunningham will join Trudy Price at Penobscot Marine Museum on Saturday for the book signing.  All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to the Keep Waldo Warm Fund, which provides fuel to Waldo County families in need.  My Journey is only available through Penobscot Marine Museum.

With the growth of the local food movement, young people are once again going into farming, especially in Maine.  They are looking for inspiration at past farming practices and ways of living which are preserved in books such as The Cows Are Out! and My Journey. 

In 1991 Trudy Chambers Price and her husband divorced.  They lost touch for many years, but with the publication of  The Cows Are Out!, they reconnected and re-married in 2010.

The talk and book signing with Maine author Trudy Chamber Price is Saturday, February 15, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main Street, Searsport. Events free with $5 Gallery admission. Gallery admission is free for museum members and Searsport residents.

Winter Events 2013-14

Winter events! All events take place in Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main Street, Searsport. Events free with $5 Gallery admission. Gallery admission is free for museum members and Searsport residents.


Lisa-Marie Haugmoen

Saturday, December 14: Sock-making workshop with Lisa-Marie Haugmoen, 9:00 am to noon.

From Lisa-Marie: For knitters new to knitting socks, I will be showing several types of items to wear on the foot. Folks should bring a work in progress or a skein of sock yarn with dbl pointed needles in the size the yarn label suggests, or 2 circular needles for the magic loop knitting, those who wish to make slippers I suggest bulky yarn or 2 skeins (balls) of yarn and 2 knitting needles in size LARGER than the label suggests. I will show how to turn a heel, cast on for toe-up and heel up socks, pompoms on pompom maker, on a fork, and add non-slip rubber to the bottom of slippers. The course is for all levels of knitting for all forms of knitted items to wear on the foot!

Lisa-Marie Haugmoen is currently working on designs for Real Shetland Wool/Jamieson & Smith. She knits samples for the pages of Vogue Knitting and for knitwear designers. She has been knitting since the age of four.

Sarah Nickerson

Sarah Nickerson

Saturday, December 21: Rug-hooking demonstration with Sarah Nickerson, 11:00 am to 1:00pm. Sarah Nickerson comes from a family of talented rug hookers, and hooks her rugs in Searsport.

Stacy Van Dyne

Stacy Van Dyne

Saturday, January 18: Rug-hooking demonstration with Stacey Van Dyne, 11:00 am to 1:00pm Stacey Van Dyne has been hooking rugs since 1974 and hooked two rugs for Jamie Wyeth based on his paintings. She is the President of the Northern McGown Teacher’s Workshop, 2nd Vice President of the National Guild of Pearl K. McGown Hookrafters, and Director at Large of the North American Rug Hooking Museum.

Talk by Kevin Johnson

Talk by Kevin Johnson

Thursday, January 23, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm: Talk by Kevin Johnson on historic photos of Hancock County at MDI High School. Baked Bean Supper! For more information go to The Mount Desert Island Historical Society. The Society is hosting Penobscot Marine Museum’s exhibit “Hancock County through Eastern’s Eye,” which will be on display at the Sound School House, 373 Sound Drive/Route 198, Mount Desert, Maine. For more information call Kevin Johnson, PMM Photography Department, 207-548-2529 ext. 210

Bonnie Lynn

Earl and Bonnie MacKenzie

Saturday, January 25: “Living on the Schooner Bonnie Lynn” talk by Captains Earl and Bonnie MacKenzie about life below decks, 11:00 am. In 2005 Captains Earl and Bonnie MacKenzie did a trans-Atlantic crossing in the Bonnie Lynn from the Virgin Islands, via the Azores to Ireland and Scotland, then south along the coast of Portugal. On the return trip to the Caribbean they stopped in Madeira and the Canaries before returning to the Grenadines. Their homeport is Islesboro, Maine.


Susan Barnard

Saturday, February 1: Rug-hooking demonstration with Susan Barnard, 11:00 am to 1:00pm. Susan Barnard has been hooking rugs since 2008. Prior to hooking, Susan was a painter and so she thinks of rug hooking as painting with wool. She designs all of her own rugs, and uses recycled fabric and non-toxic dyes.

all at sea book cover

Saturday, February 8, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm: All at Sea: Twenty Years at the Helm of Tall Ships. Reading and book signing with author Dominick Jones at PMM.

This true story, which receives rave reviews on Amazon, is the tale of falling in love with a woman who has five children and buying a square-rigged sailing barge for family vacations along the coast of England and France. The author recounts twenty years of hilarious, and sometimes dangerous, adventures learning to sail the vessel and keep her afloat, and they sail in and out of beautiful, charming European harbors.