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May 2017

Exhibit: Lincoln County Through Eastern’s Eye

May 27 - June 29

From 1909 to 1947 photographers traveled across Maine in Model Ts shooting scenes of small towns and rural life.  They worked for Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company in Belfast, Maine, making postcards during the craze at the turn of the 20th century when an estimated 200 to 300 billion postcards were produced and mailed world-wide.  But the photographers for Eastern Illustrated shot scenes which had often been overlooked by larger postcard companies, and they created a highly personal and intimate…

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June 2017

Tenacity and Brilliance: Kiekhaefer Mercury 1936-1965

June 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Multimedia presentation and tour of the Stevenson Outboard Collection. Carl Kiekhaefer, founder of Mercury There is no more intriguing story in American corporate history than that of Elmer Carl Kiekhaefer and the creation and growth of Kiekhaefer Mercury Marine.  It is the story of a poor Wisconsin farm boy, who loved all things mechanical and fought with his father to leave the farm and study electrical engineering.  His father told him that if he left he…

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Fire and Dewatering Pumps of WWII Made from Outboard Motors

June 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Multimedia presentation and tour of the Stevenson Outboard Collection.   Larry Stevenson’s talk tells the story of the development of pumps which have saved countless lives over the years.  Designed to fight fires in forests, cities, and on ships, and to pump water out of boats and ships, these pumps were developed early in the 20th century using outboard motors.  The story begins in the 1920s when Pacific Marine of Seattle, Washington developed a 70-pound prototype pump that one person could…

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July 2017

Antique Engine Meet

July 1 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

On Saturday, July 1 the Boothbay Railway Village will host a meet of antique engines and other early mechanical devises in partnership with the Maine Antique Power Association (MAPA). Engine buffs and lovers of all things mechanical will enjoy this opportunity to see “one lungers” and other early gasoline, diesel and steam engines operate and to learn about them first-hand from their passionate owners. Invitations have also been extended to members of the Antique Outboard Motor Club’s Pine Tree Chapter…

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Tireless Entrepreneurs

July 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Multimedia presentation and tour of the Stevenson Outboard Collection.   Outboard motor manufacturer Robert McCulloch moved London Bridge to Arizona Creating a city in the desert, moving London Bridge to Arizona, and competing in business against his in-laws are just some of the unusual activities of outboard motor manufacturer Robert McCulloch. McCulloch inherited a fortune and married a fortune, but he was a tireless entrepreneur who founded McCulloch Engineering Company, McCulloch Aviation which became McCulloch Motors, McCulloch…

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13th Annual Books in Boothbay: Maine’s Summer Book Fair

July 8 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Meet more than 35 of Maine's best writers, adult and children's authors, including international, national and State award winners. Purchase new titles for your collection, enjoy readings and talks by your favorite Maine authors, and much more. Watch the event's official blog for details about all the authors attending this year's event. Admission to the book fair and readings are free. If you'd like to visit the Museum and enjoy a steam train ride you are invited to purchase admission…

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Invention of the 4-cycle Outboard Motor

July 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Multimedia presentation and tour of the Stevenson Outboard Collection. Crosley started his own radio station, employing singers including Doris Day The story of the invention of the 4-cycle outboard motor begins in 1907 and involves five companies located across America: Crosley, Aerojet, Fageol, Homelite, and Fischer Pierce, who built everything from trucks to radios.  These companies were founded by driven, inventive entrepreneurs, and each contributed a technological advance to the development of the 4-cycle outboard. One…

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Outboard Motors and Industrial Espionage

July 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Multimedia presentation and tour of the Stevenson Outboard Collection. 1928 Chris Craft Cadet In 1954 a tiny outboard motor company sued Chris Craft, the largest builder of mahogany boats in the world, for industrial espionage.  They settled their suit, and took their revenge.  This tale of industrial espionage began in 1874, when Chris Smith at the age of 13 starting building skiffs in Michigan.  In 1910 he founded a boatbuilding company which grew into the largest…

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53rd Annual Antique Auto Days

July 15 @ 10:00 am - July 16 @ 2:00 pm

Special thanks to our event sponsor Cottage Connections, offering a wide variety of vacation rentals in Midcoast Maine. See dozens of classic, vintage, antique, hot rods, muscle cars and much more all parked on the Village Green. It's a true all makes and models show in partnership with the Maine Obsolete Auto League! A Swap Meet & Flea Market will offer collectors a chance to scoop up a deal. Sunday afternoon parade through downtown Boothbay…

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Rails, Tails & Ales: The Midcoast Craft Beer Festival

July 15 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Visitors will enjoy great craft beer from Maine breweries, an outdoor car show, plus a family-friendly setting (dogs & kids welcome!) including steam train rides. Imagine a collection of historic Maine buildings surrounding a large, green lawn (the Village Green) filled with classic, vintage, antique, hot rods, muscle cars and much more. The Brewer’s tables, instead of being stuffed inside a tent, will be spread throughout Museum buildings surrounding the lawn like the livery stable and historic town hall. There will…

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