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  • 20 Mar 2024 10:37 AM | Anonymous member

    Join us on Thursday, July 18th at 7:00 p.m. for an illustrated talk by Castine Historical Society Executive Director, Lisa Simpson Lutts entitled, “A History of Castine in 40 Objects.” The talk will be held in-person in the Mitchell Room of the Castine Historical Society, 17 School St., Castine, as well as livestreamed on the CHS YouTube channel. Due to limited seating, reservations are required for the in-person lecture.

    Lutts’ talk will explore objects in the Castine Historical Society’s permanent collection that tell unexpected and compelling stories about the town’s 400-year history. Based on research conducted for the Historical Society’s current exhibit, also titled “A History of Castine in 40 Objects,” Lutts will highlight some of the exciting discoveries made by the staff and exhibits committee while researching the CHS permanent collection.

    Visit to register or to find the YouTube link.


  • 19 Mar 2024 9:42 AM | Anonymous member

    Art of Penobscot Bay—A Sampler,”  Saturday, June 29, 4:00 p.m. An illustrated talk by Carl Little on paintings of the Penobscot Bay area through time followed by a book signing for his new book, Art of Penobscot Bay. Co-sponsored with Compass Rose Books. Mitchell Room, Castine Historical Society. Reservations required due to limited seating.

  • 18 Mar 2024 2:26 PM | Anonymous member

    The Castine Historical Society invites the public to its free annual Open House Reception on Saturday, June 22  from 4:00-6:00 p.m.  This early evening reception is a great way to view the Historical Society’s 2024 exhibits including The History of Castine in 40 Objects. The event is also a good chance to meet old and new friends and enjoy light refreshments. No reservations are required to attend.

  • 18 Mar 2024 1:37 PM | Anonymous member

    Castine in the Civil War,” an illustrated talk by Diane and Ned Smith, Civil War historians and authors will be held on June 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Mitchell Room of the Castine Historical Society. In their talk, the Smiths will discuss their research into Castine’s soldiers who served during the Civil War. In particular, they will delve into the treasure trove of letters written home by Private Henry Butler who served for four years in the 16th Maine Regiment before his untimely death just before the war ended.

     Reservations required for in-person attendance or to receive on-line viewing link.

  • 15 Mar 2024 3:29 PM | Anonymous member

    JANE'S WALK ME 2024

    Mark Your Calendar for Saturday, May 4th

    Maine Preservation is excited to be collaborating with Friends of Congress Square Park, Greater Portland Landmarks, Maine Downtown Center, and Portland Downtown to bring Jane's Walk to communities across Maine. Last year, nearly 40 walks were held in 26 cities and towns, such as:

    • A Walk Through Two Wars, in Castine
    • Cochrane's Gem of Monmouth: Cumston Hall and its Community
    • Create Your Own Museum in the Streets of Stonington
    • Engineering, Stormwater Design, and Trails in Our Downtown, in Westbrook
    • Exploring the Historic Middle of Middle Road & the Middle of Parsonsfield in the Middle 1800s
    • My Queer Portland: A Walk Back in Time to the 1980s & ‘90s
    • Of Cows and Crabs: the Evolution of the Wells Reserve at Laudholm
    • Walking on Coals: Farmington's Great Fire of 1886
    • Wild and Delicious Houlton
    • And DOZENS more!

    Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 4, and stay tuned for more news about free walks near you!

    Learn More About Jane's Walk ME!


    Free to Participate

    Anyone can lead a Jane’s Walk—including YOU! Whether you are affiliated with an organization or an impassioned individual, Jane’s Walk is an opportunity to share your knowledge and experience with your community. Deadline for submission is March 31.

    I have a Jane's Walk idea!

    Ellsworth, ME.

     Portland, ME.


    What is Jane's Walk and Who Was Jane Jacobs?

    Jane’s Walk is a global festival of free, volunteer-led walking conversations inspired by community activist Jane Jacobs. Jane’s Walks combine the simple act of exploring a place with personal observations, local history, and civic engagement. The annual Jane’s Walk festival takes place the first weekend in May, in more than 200 cities and towns around the globe. 

    Jane Jacobs was a community activist and writer who lived from 1916-2006. She is best known for galvanizing her neighbors to stop a highway from being built through their community. She believed in the power of individuals to influence the places they live. Today, her principles represent the participatory planning approaches that have been embraced in communities around the world.


    New Resources to Expand Jane's Walk ME

    The 2024 festival in Maine is supported by Sappi North America as part of its Ideas That Matter program and will incorporate the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Working with designer Willy Wong, coordinating partners have expanded Jane’s Walk Maine by creating a core festival identity and platform, designing a new organizer outreach campaign, a walk leader training toolkit, as well as marketing and promotional efforts to support the festival—all towards the goal of engaging more Mainers in this annual tradition and empowering them toward social impact.

    Learn More About Jane's Walk ME!

  • 15 Mar 2024 10:57 AM | Anonymous member

    The Castine Historical Society offers guided Walking Tours of Castine for the 2024 season!  Starting June 22, the staff and volunteers of the Historical Society will offer Castine Uncovered Walking Tours, a fun, informative, outdoor learning experience.  All tours are free of charge, but donations are greatly appreciated and can be made onsite or on our donations page. No reservations are required for the tour.

    June 22-October 14:   Friday, Saturday, and Monday at 10 AM

    Meet your guide in front of the Abbott School at 17 School Street, and take in the sights and sounds of Castine while learning about our beautiful town and its historical significance.  The tour takes approximately one hour, and will give you an overview of Castine’s history, identify buildings of architectural significance, show you several of our beautiful Elm trees, and point out Fort George, the earthworks of a Revolutionary War British fortification.  Please wear good walking shoes!   The tour is a little over 1/2 mile long and involves some inclines.  

  • 15 Mar 2024 10:54 AM | Anonymous member

    Castine Historical Society presents "A History of Castine in 40 Objects".

    Explore five centuries of Castine's history through never-before-seen objects in the Historical Society's permanent collection.  Open Monday through Saturday  10-4 and Sunday 1-4 through Labor Day. Open Fri, Sat, & Mon 10-4, Sun 1-4 September 6 through October 14.

    Historical Societies exist to tell a community’s history through objects and  archival records. In a new exhibition, “A History of Castine in 40 Objects,” the Castine Historical Society will highlight aspects of the town’s history through never-before-displayed objects from our permanent collection. Forty unexpected and compelling artifacts weave together almost 400 years of Castine history.

    Each of the objects in the Castine Historical Society’s permanent collection is a window into our town’s history. For this exhibition, a team of community members and staff selected objects that tell Castine stories that are both familiar, like the town’s Revolutionary War history, and unexpected, such as our African American history.

    For more information, visit our website

  • 11 Mar 2024 12:48 PM | Anonymous member

    Please Join the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum for a lecture by Battle of Ink and Ice author, Darrell Hartman!

    Thursday, March 28, 2024  •   7:00PM

    Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, Bowdoin College

    FREE and Open to the Public

    Battle of Ink and Ice tells the story of American explorers Frederick Cook and Robert Peary, both of whom claimed in 1909 to have discovered the North Pole. It’s also a tale of warring newspapers, because each man was backed by a rival New York City daily, the New York Herald and the New York Times. It’s a sixty-year saga of frostbite and fake news that has something to tell us about the media-saturated world we inhabit today.

    Darrell Hartman was born and raised in Maine. He graduated from Yale in 2003 with a B.A. in Literature and has been a freelance writer since 2007. Published in 2023, Battle of Ink and Ice is Mr. Hartman’s first book.

  • 22 Feb 2024 12:32 PM | Anonymous member

    Maine Maritime Museum is hosting Jeremy Linden of Linden Preservation Services, Inc., to present a day-long workshop on Thursday, March 28th on the topic of preventative conservation. This workshop will focus specifically on the challenges faced by small to mid-size institutions.

    Professionals in facilities and collections care roles working in museums, historic sites, galleries, public libraries, and universities will benefit from this opportunity. Participants will learn how environmental conditions affect the things that they care for, gain an understanding of environmental control systems, and be empowered to monitor and troubleshoot issues at their institutions.

    This event is co-sponsored by New England Museum Association and made possible, in part, through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

    More info and registration:

  • 01 Feb 2024 4:24 PM | Anonymous member

    Stuart Kestenbaum,  Maine’s poet laureate from 2016-2021, will present a series of poems and talk about the process of making his work. He will also delve into the comparisons to other creative processes he uses. This 30 minute presentation will be followed by a 30 minute Q&A session. 

    Tickets are free with a suggested donation of $10.00. A Zoom link to the lecture will be sent the Monday prior to the lecture. 

    Stuart Kestenbaum is the author of six collections of poemsPilgrimage (Coyote Love Press), House of Thanksgiving (Deerbrook Editions), Prayers and Run-on Sentences (Deerbrook Editions) Only Now (Deerbrook Editions), How to Start Over (Deerbrook Editions), and Things Seemed to Be Breaking (Deerbrook Editions). He has also written The View from Here (Brynmorgen Press), a book of brief essays on craft and community.

    He has written and spoken widely on craft making and creativity, and his poems and writing have appeared in  small press publications and magazines including Tikkun, the Sun, the Beloit Poetry Journal, and the New York Times Magazine. He hosted Poems from Here on Maine Public Radio/Maine Public Classical and was the host/creator of the podcasts Make/Time and Voices of the Future.

    He was the director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine for over twenty-five years, and was elected an honorary fellow of the American Craft Council in 2006. More recently, working with the Libra Foundation, he has designed and implemented a residency program for artists and writers called Monson Arts.

    Former US poet laureate Ted Kooser has written “Stuart Kestenbaum writes the kind of poems I love to read, heartfelt responses to the privilege of having been given a life. No hidden agendas here, no theories to espouse, nothing but life, pure life, set down with craft and love.”

    Tickets available

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