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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

Family Free FUR All!

June 4 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

For many a family isn’t complete without a furry, four-legged addition. Family Free FUR All! is a day full with activities designed specifically for families including the opportunity to perhaps meet your newest companion. There will be games and activities just for kids including the popular barrel train ride, dog training demos, vendors of locally made pet products, adoptable dogs & puppies from many area rescue groups, and much more. Anyone who brings a donation of dog food or an…

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Illustrated Talk: Lincoln County Through Eastern’s Eye

June 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Penobscot Marine Museum photo archivist Kevin Johnson will present an illustrated talk on the Belfast, Maine postcard company Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company, and share additional photos of Lincoln County from the museum's collection. From 1909 and 1947 photographers from Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company traveled across Maine in Model Ts shooting scenes of small towns and rural life to make into postcards.  They shot scenes which had often been overlooked by larger postcard companies creating a highly personal and…

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Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Streamlining and Their Influence on Outboard Motor Design

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

Multimedia presentation and tour of the Stevenson Outboard Collection. Larry Stevenson as a child in his boat with an outboard. What is the lure of outboard motors?  “Freedom,” says outboard motor collector Larry Stevenson, who fell under their spell as a child growing up near a lake.   Also “fabulous design” drew Larry to outboards.  This multimedia presentation includes the fascinating history of Larry Stevenson’s collection and includes histories of the art movements which influenced outboard motor…

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The Early Years of Outboard Motors 1866-1907

June 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Multimedia presentation and tour of the Stevenson Outboard Collection. Caille outboard motor advertisement How have boats and ships been propelled since ancient times?  Explore the history of propulsion beginning with paddles, oars, sails, paddle wheels, and ending with the modern screw propeller.  The modern-day screw propeller drives everything from military ships and cruise ships, to cabin cruisers, lobster boats, and run-about boats of all shapes and sizes.  It was critical to the development of the outboard…

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Evinrude 1908-1934 – The Ole and Bess Years

June 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Multimedia presentation and tour of the Stevenson Outboard Collection. Bess' first ad. It was a big hit. She marketed in all the right magazines to reach a large, nationwide audience Ole Evinrude was born in Norway in 1877 and immigrated to America in 1882.  One hot day in the early 1900s he was picnicking on an island with his girlfriend Bess, who expressed a desire for ice cream.  Ole rowed back to shore for it, but…

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Evinrude 1935-1965 – The Ralph Years

June 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Ralph Evinrude Multimedia presentation and tour of the Stevenson Outboard Collection. In 1934, after the death of his father Ole, Ralph Evinrude took over the running of the Evinrude company, which in 1936 merged with Johnson Motor Company which became Outboard Marine Corporation (OMC).  Ralph oversaw extremely successful expansions and collaborations.  Under his leadership OMC was the first to develop outboard gearshifts, electric starting and remote controls.  Ralph Evinrude was happily married to World War II…

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Amazing Innovation: Johnson 1922-1965

June 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Multimedia presentation and tour of the Stevenson Outboard Collection. The genius and partnership of the four Johnson brothers of Terre Haute, Indiana, epitomize the age of American mechanical innovation in the first half of the 20th century.  They started building inboard 2-cycle marine engines in 1903 in a barn behind the house.  By 1908, they were making V4, V6, V8, and V12 aircraft and marine engines.  By 1910 they were building the first U.S. monoplane to exhibit their aircraft engines. …

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Blacksmithing Class

June 22

Learn the basics of blacksmithing at the Boothbay Railway Village forge with Jim Kearney. Jim Kearney has been blacksmithing since 1976.  He has studied smithing in Ireland and Germany.   Jim has forged everything from rigging hardware for sailing vessels to fine architectural hardware.  His work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. and in galleries across the country. Register for the morning class, 9 am to noon, or the afternoon class, 1 pm to 4 pm. Fee:…

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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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