Traveling Exhibits

Maine at its Mid-Point and Kosti Ruohomaa Photographs

Freeport Antiques and Heirlooms Showcase


LB2017.19.1567: Maine icon, Leonard Leon "L.L." Bean has his portrait made by Kosti Ruohomaa in 1952

Two of Penobscot Marine Museum’s photo exhibits are now on display at the Freeport Antiques and Heirlooms Showcase. A new exhibit of Kosti Ruohomaa's photographs with a special emphasis on L.L. Bean and Andrew Wyeth is on display along with Maine at its Midpoint, an exhibit of Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company images created for Maine's Bicentennial. Maine at its Mid-Point is presented in part by the Maine Arts Commission and sponsored by Tilbury House Publishers and Innova Art Ltd.

Animal Tales and Lincoln County Through Eastern’s Eye

University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center

April - June 2022

LB2010.1.211, Ostrich racing with the driver in the cart, D.J. Lindsay Collection

Animal Tales uses photographs from the Penobscot Marine Museum’s extensive photography archives and the intriguing stories behind the images to explore the fascination people have with animals. Since the beginning of photography, people have enjoyed using their lens to forever capture beloved pets, livestock, wildlife, and fishing and hunting successes.

Lincoln Country through the Eastern Eye features photographs from towns, tiny communities and summer colonies. The majority of photos in this exhibit were taken between about 1910 and the 1920s. The images in the exhibit are a small sample of Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company photographs that collectively tell a big story about life in Lincoln County a century ago. The exhibit was researched and curated by Liz Fitzsimmons.

Maine at its Mid-Point

Maine State House
Augusta, Maine
January 2020- June 2020

Maine at its Mid-Point brings images from the Penobscot Marine Museum’s Eastern Illustrating collection to the Maine State House in celebration of Maine’s Bicentennial year. This Art in the Capitol exhibition will be on display January 2020 through June 2020, launching the Bicentennial celebrations in Augusta and providing historical and artistic context for our state’s significant anniversary. The exhibit draws upon the research and writing conducted for the book Maine on Glass: The Early Twentieth Century in Glass Plate Photography, published in 2016 by Tilbury House Publishers with the Penobscot Marine Museum. The book was researched and written by Maine historian W.H. Bunting alongside PMM Photo Archivist Kevin Johnson and Maine State Historian Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. The exhibit is funded in part by the Maine Arts Commission and sponsored by Tilbury House Publishers. The photos are printed on fine art paper provided by Innova Art Ltd.

From the Cradle to the Grace: Mining the Ed Coffin Collection

University of Maine's Hutchinson Center, H. Allen and Sally Fernald Art Gallery
Belfast, Maine
January 2020-April 2020

From the Cradle to the Grave: Mining the Ed Coffin Collection showcases 28 of the more than 2,500 photographs Ed Coffin collected throughout his lifetime. There are many themes to explore in the Coffin collection, but two that stand out as crowd pleasers are ship launches and ship wrecks. The "birth" and "death" of ships have long held the public's fascination. Most of Maine's Midcoast towns have been involved in building boats, ships and schooners. Watching the culmination of a year or more of construction and investment has been a spectacle not to be missed. On the flipside, the wreck of a ship evokes entirely different feelings, but the pull to see the tragic scene and to learn the grim story can be just as strong.

Lincoln County Through Eastern's Eye

University of Maine's Hutchinson Center, H. Allen and Sally Fernald Art Gallery
Belfast, Maine
January 2020-April 2020

During the height of the postcard craze which swept Europe and North America in the early 20th century, a local entrepreneur saw opportunity and founded the Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company in Belfast, Maine. For more than 40 years, EIP capitalized on the niche created by Herman Cassens by producing “real photo” postcards featuring views of small towns and rural byways throughout the eastern United States. Lincoln County Through Eastern’s Eye was created with the help of PMM volunteer Liz Fitzsimmons and funded in part by the McEvoy Foundation.