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  • 18 Oct 2015 9:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    37th Annual Ste-Agathe Historical Society Breakfast
    Sunday, October 18, 2015
    Wisdom High School Cafeteria
    St. Agatha, Maine
    7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

  • 24 Sep 2015 7:00 PM | Anonymous member

    Many legends surround the Finish-American photographer Kosti Ruohomaa, and it is said his life was “haunted”.  Ruohomaa was an award-winning photo journalist who shot iconic portraits of working Americans which appeared in LIFE, National Geographic, and other publications from 1940 to 1960, but Maine was always his favorite subject.  Deanna S. Bonner-Ganter, Curator of Photography at the Maine State Museum, has studied Kosti Ruohomaa for twenty years, and her biography of Ruohomaa will soon be published by Down East Books.  On Thursday, September 24 at 7:00 pm she will give an illustrated talk Close to the Land & Close to the Sea: The Photography of Kosti Ruohomaa at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Douglas and Margaret Carver Memorial Art Gallery, 11 Church Street, Searsport, Maine.  Tickets are $8, or  $5 for Museum members and Searsport residents.

    Close to the Land & Close to the Sea: The Photography of Kosti Ruohomaa is part of Exploring the Magic of Photography: Painting with Light, Penobscot Marine Museum’s first major exhibition of historic photography.  It includes four exhibits, a walk-in camera, a wall of selfies taken by museum visitors, an historic darkroom, tintype and cyanotype demonstrations, and workshops on making pin-hole cameras.  The four exhibits, Through Her Lens: Women Photographers of Mid-Coast Maine, 1890-1920; Twenty Best; Evolution of the Photographic Snapshot: 1888-2015; and The Carters and the Lukes - Selections from the Red Boutilier Collection are filled with inter-active opportunities for visitors including life-sized photographic cut-outs with which visitors may photograph themselves, an online exhibit of visitor photographs and comments, and QR codes and tablets providing access to audio clips of interviews, biographies, and commentary by historians, curators and professional photographers.

    About Penobscot Marine Museum

    Penobscot Marine Museum is in the historic seacoast village of Searsport, Maine.  Check the website for daily activities and events.  Eight of its twelve exhibit buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places.  The museum is open seven days a week, Memorial Day weekend through the third weekend in October.  For more information go to or call the Visitors Center 207-548-0334 or Administrative Offices at 207-548-2529.

  • 19 Sep 2015 11:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Harold Grundy of Bath, Maine, spent the early 1960s working in Northwest Greenland, where he supervised construction and maintenance of the massive radar installation at the US Air Force Base at Thule, Greenland. At the height of the Cold War, the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS) was designed to give advance warning of missile launches from the Soviet Union. This exhibit features a selection of the photographs recently donated by Mr. Grundy’s, which document his time in Greenland.

    A reception honoring Mr. Grundy will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday September 19, 2015, in Hubbard Hall, Bowdoin College, Brunswick.  Sponsored by The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center.

  • 13 Sep 2015 10:00 AM | Anonymous member

    If you missed the Abbe Museum's first beaded cloth bag workshop in February, you have another chance! In this workshop, learn to make your own miniature beaded bag out of cloth, glass beads, and silk ribbon. After learning about Museum Educator George Neptune's favorite pieces featured in the Abbe's 2015 feature exhibit, Coming Home, each student will make their own piece inspired by the intricate beaded bags in the exhibit. As part of the Night Sky Festival, this workshop will be held in the gallery with our new exhibit, Youth Capture the Colorful Cosmos II: Star Stories of the Dawnland, so keep the stars in mind when designing your bag. This workshop will require the use of sharp needles and plenty of patience, so is recommended for older children and teens. 

    Registration required, space limited, recommended for ages 9 and up. For more information, or to register, contact George Neptune at (207) 288-3519 or

    Abbe Museum, 26 Mount Desert St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609. 

  • 12 Sep 2015 3:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Forest Lodge Tour

    Upton, ME

    September 12, 2015

    The Upton Historical Society will be hosting tours to Louise Dickinson Rich’s estate on Rapid 

    River once again this year. Tour tickets are $65 per person and include a round trip ride from the 

    Upton School House to Forest Lodge, a fabulous box lunch, and tours of the grounds and 

    buildings at Forest Lodge. Join us on a once-in-a-lifetime excursion to see where Louise 

    Dickinson Rich lived, worked, and wrote We Took to the Woods. All proceeds to benefit the 

    Upton Historical Society. For tickets and more information, please contact Charlotte Dominique 

    at (207) 533-2061.
  • 12 Sep 2015 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    The Newport Cultural Center will be holding a 5 K Race/Walk & 1M Fun Run on September 12th. The event will follow a gentle, shaded course through the neighborhoods near Lake Sebasticook. The pre-registration fee is $15, and race day registration is $20. Families can participate for just $25 and children 12 and under can participate in the Fun Run for $5 each. The first fifty registrants will receive a free T Shirt. 

    Race day registration will take place from 8:00-9:00 am. The Fun Run will begin at 9:00 am and the 5K race at 9:30. 

    For the Fun Run, prizes will be offered to the fastest boy and girl. There will also be prizes awarded to the fastest male and female participants in the Run/Walk. 

    You can pick up your registration at the Newport Cultural Center at 154 Main St. in Newport or go to our link or email us at and we will email one to you.

  • 10 Sep 2015 7:00 PM | Anonymous member

     Building boats and fishing occupied every coastal town in Maine during the 1800’s.  By 1855 Maine was building 35% of all of America’s ships, and its fisheries fed much of the country.  Today Maine has only 20 miles of working waterfront left, and 80% of the seafood eaten in America is imported.  In 2007 Port Clyde was the last surviving ground-fishing fleet between Portland and Canada.  To save their livelihood a group of Port Clyde fishermen got together to found Port Clyde Fresh Catch and became the first community-supported fishery in the United States.  The idea came from community-supported agriculture, a model used by farmers in which consumers pay a membership fee for weekly shares of food.  These fishermen have preserved their fishing community, their maritime heritage, and by using environmentally sustainable fishing methods they are helping to preserve the fisheries.   There are now dozens of community-supported fisheries in the USA and Europe. 

    On Thursday, September 10, at 7:00 pm the fishermen of Port Clyde Fresh Catch will be at Penobscot Marine Museum for an illustrated panel discussion about fishing in Maine, their pioneering community-supported fishery, how they started it, and Port Clyde Fresh Catch today.  This community forum will be held in Penobscot Marine Museum’s Douglas and Margaret Carver Memorial Art Gallery, 11 Church Street, Searsport, Maine.   Tickets are $8 or $5 for Penobscot Marine Museum Members.

  • 09 Sep 2015 11:00 AM | Anonymous member

    John Dennis of the Aroostook Band of Micmacs is truly a keeper of tradition. A musician and storyteller, Dennis will entrance visitors with songs from his hand drum and the stories and teachings he has learned throughout his life. In his work in cultural preservation and youth and recreation, John strives to pass on his knowledge to the youth of the Micmac and other Wabanaki Communities. 

    All of these programs are sponsored by Dawnland, LLC, are offered in partnership with Acadia National Park, and are free and open to the public. 

    Location: Sieur de Monts Nature Center Patio, Acadia National Park 


  • 02 Sep 2015 11:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Molly Neptune Parker, Passamaquoddy from Indian Township, is a Master Basketmaker and recipient of the 2012 Traditional Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts. In addition to her world-renown skills in basketry, Molly is also a talented chef and owned her own restaurant for nearly 20 years. Using a mixture of traditional and contemporary ingredients, Molly will demonstrate methods used in modern Wabanaki Cuisine, with samples for those in attendance. The menu, subject to seasonal availability, will include hull corn soup, tumahsis (Wabanaki frybread), and fiddlehead ferns.

    All of these programs are sponsored by Dawnland, LLC, are offered in partnership with Acadia National Park, and are free and open to the public. 

    Location: Jordan Pond House Lawn, Acadia National Park


  • 30 Aug 2015 1:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Castlebay in Concert: Season’s End  –  Enjoy an outdoor performance of Celtic music featuring Castlebay, the popular local duo of Fred Gosbee and Julia Lane.  1:00 and 3:00 PM

    While at Colonial Pemaquid, visitors are encouraged to tour its history-rich grounds, explore the reconstructed Fort William Henry with its permanent exhibit, view archaeological ruins, wander the cemetery, and visit the artifact museum and gift shop. Open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM, from Memorial Day through Labor Day, Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site offers a glimpse of English frontier settlement life in the New World during the 17th and 18th centuries. 

    Directions:   Colonial Pemaquid is located off Route 130, approximately 12 miles south of Route 1 and 3 miles north of the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse.  From Route 130 South, in New Harbor, turn right onto Huddle Road and follow signs to Colonial Pemaquid.  From Route 32 South, turn left onto Route 130 and then immediately right onto Snowball Hill Road, following signs to Colonial Pemaquid.  The Contented Sole Restaurant is on site adjacent to the museum.

    For more information, visit the park’s website at, or you may contact the park manager at 677-2423.

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