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*In the Field and On the Homefront: Bethel During the Civil War
Exhibition at the Bethel Historical Society,
Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, this exhibit uses rarely seen artifacts and images from the Society’s permanent collection to the effectsundefinedprofound and poignantundefinedof the Civil War on the western Maine town of Bethel, once known as “the Athens of Oxford County.” Although the War years resulted in the loss of many of Bethel’s loyal sons, they also witnessed the town’s development as an important inland Maine center of commerce, industry and tourism. The Bethel Historical Society is located at 10 Broad Street, Bethel. FMI: (207) 824-2908 / www.bethelhistorical.org.
*John Haley’s Civil War
Exhibition at the Dyer Library/Saco Museum
May 4 through November 10
Saco native John Haley served in the 17th Maine Regiment from 1862 to 1865 and participated in many battles, including Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Cold Harbor, and Appomattox. During his three years as a soldier, Haley kept a diary and chronicled the daily activities of camp life as well as the tumult of the battlefield. Come view the Civil War through the eyes of a self-described “mediocre but always present” soldier! Curated by University of New England students enrolled in the “Museums and Public Culture” course, the exhibition will feature a treasure trove of artifacts related to the Civil Warundefinedprints by Winslow Homer, Civil war weaponry and uniforms, and much more. John Haley’s Civil War is a collaborative project of the Saco Museum and the University of New England and is funded, in part, by a grant from the Maine Humanities Council. FREE opening reception at the Saco Museum, Friday, May 3 5:30-7:30 p.m. The Dyer Library/Saco Museum is located at 371 Main Street, Saco. FMI: (207) 283-3861 / www.dyerlibrarysacomuseum.org
*That Flaunting Rag: Maine’s Maritime War Against the Confederacy
Exhibition at the Maine Maritime Museum, Bath
May 4 through December 1
Maine’s valor and sacrifice in the epic land battles of the Civil War are well documented. That Flaunting Rag! will shed light on the lesser known naval war fought against Confederate sea raiders. Investigate the maritime chess game of espionage, long distance sleuthing and diplomatic double-entendres that played to the staccato of clicking telegraphs. The “Battle of Portland Harbor” also will be featured, in which the explosion of the high-jacked Federal Revenue Cutter Caleb Cushing stymied only the most obvious attempt of Confederate agents to exploit the vulnerabilities of Maine’s long coastline. Further illuminated will be Maine shipbuilding contributions to the war effort, including the Bath-built “90-day gunboat” USS Katahdin. The Maine Maritime Museum is located at 243 Washington St., Bath. FMI: www.MaineMaritimeMuseum.org / (207) 443-1316.
Tours of Presque Isle and Beyond
Presented by the Presque Isle Historical Society
May through October
Presque Isle Historical Society’s Tour Season began in March and continues through October. Upcoming tours include: Guided Tours of Historic Fairmount Cemetery (May 10, June 7, and July 12); City-Wide Narrated History Tours aboard Molly the Trolley (May 11, June 8, July 13); Guided Walking Tours of Historic Downtown Presque Isle (May 25, June 29, and July 27); Guided Tours of the 1875 Vera Estey House Museum (May 25, June 29, and July 27); and a free presentation open to the public on the Mooseleuk Club on June 5 at Northern Maine Community College. FMI: www.pihistory.org / (207) 762-1151.
Spirits of Land, Air, and Water: Antler Carvings from the Robert and Judith Toll Collection
Exhibition at The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Bowdoin College, Brunswick
April 10, 2013 through February 23, 2014
Caribou antlers are a source of inspiration for Inuit artists across the Canadian Arctic. Working within the constraints of antlers’ forms, they create a variety of fanciful creatures, exuberant dancers, and ethereal figures. This exhibit highlights the ingenuity and vision of artists such as Luke Anowtolik, Luke Iksiktaaryuk, and Thomas Suvaaraq. Sponsored by The Russell and Janet Doubleday Endowment. FMI: 207-725-3416.
Maine’s Earliest Settlers
Ongoing exhibition at the Old Berwick Historical Society
Old Berwick Historical Society exhibits at the Counting House Museum and at South Berwick Town Hall chronicle the story of one of Maine’s earliest settlements, from its first inhabitants through its independence from Kittery 300 years ago, in 1713. The displays highlight stories of Humphrey and Lucy Chadbourne, who operated a sawmill in present-day South Berwick from about 1640 to 1689; and Humphrey and Mary Spencer, who owned a tavern from 1696 to 1727. Their tales are told using an array of historic objects from archaeological projects led by Emerson Baker and Neill DePaoli. Grants from the Maine Humanities Council and Kennebunk Savings during Berwick’s 300th anniversary year also support the society’s year-long series of public lectures, tours and public programs. The Counting House is open June through October and is located at Main and Liberty Streets in South Berwick and admission is by donation. FMI: (207) 384-0000 / email@example.com / www.oldberwick.org.
Waponahki Student Art Show
An exhibition at the Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor, presented in collaboration with Maine Indian Education
now through October 31, 2013
The Waponahki Student Art Show, now in its second decade and a favorite with museum guests, brings together a wonderful variety of art created by Passamaquoddy and Penobscot students from early childhood education through high school. Using a wide array of media, these young artists incorporate traditional beliefs and values with the modern, multi-cultural world around them. FMI: 207-288-3519 / www.abbemuseum.org.
Animal Allies: Inuit Views of the Natural World
Through January 6, 2014
This exhibition explores the Inuit worldview in which humans and animals are interdependent and connected in profound ways. Contemporary Canadian and Alaskan Inuit carvings and prints, ethnographic objects, film clips, and natural history specimens–including an Alaskan polar bear and a Labrador caribou–are on display. Sponsored by The Russell and Janet Doubleday Endowment. FMI: 207-725-3416.
Maine Archives and Museums / P.O. Box 46 / Cumberland Center, Maine 04021 / (207) 400-6965 / firstname.lastname@example.org