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August 2017

EXHIBIT Built with Stone: The Story of Granite, Slate, and Limestone in Maine

August 1, 2017 - August 31, 2017

A black and white photograph showing men in a narrow shaft of rock at the Maine Slate Company of Monson some time after the opening of the quarry in 1903. University of Maine, Fogler Library This exhibit is part of the month-long Maine Coast Stone Symposium hosted by Boothbay Railway Village during the month of August.  Maine stone is part of our cultural heritage.  As America expanded across the continent in the late 1800s and early 1900s, one third of…

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Portrait of a Granite Schooner Captain

August 3, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Capt. Anderson In 1880 Anders Anderson left his family farm in Sweden at the age of sixteen.  He sailed around the world for six years, and in 1886 settled in Stonington, Maine to work in the granite quarries on Crotch Island.  Eventually he returned to the sea and became a schooner captain, brought his brother and three sisters to America, married a lighthouse keeper’s daughter, and raised six children in Rockland, Maine.  Capt. Anderson sailed mostly three-masted schooners along the…

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J.C. Stone Open House

August 5, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
J. C. Stone, 545 Jefferson Rd (Rte #17)
Jefferson, ME 04348 United States
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Join us on Saturday, August 5 from 10 am - 2 pm for tours and demonstrations at J.C. Stone in Jefferson. This kick-off celebration for the month long Maine Coast Stone Symposium is graciously hosted by one of our lead sponsors. J.C. Stone is providing the granite for all 13 sculptors working at the Museum from August 11 - 21. Guests will get an exclusive look behind the scenes at their Stone Center and state of the art stone processing…

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Slate Carving Demonstrations with Jon Doody

August 5, 2017 @ 10:00 am - August 6, 2017 @ 4:00 pm

Maine Stone Workers Guild member Jon Doody will be visiting the Museum to share his love of stone carving on Saturdays and Sundays, August 5, 6, 19 & 20 as part of the Maine Coast Stone Symposium. You’ll find him near the 1847 Boothbay Town Hall and the Spruce Point Chapel between 10 – 4 on each date. Doody started with wood carving and now prefers carving stone especially reclaimed stone from fireplace mantels, foundations, and other utilitarian applications. In…

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Blacksmithing Class

August 8, 2017

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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Remembering Cabot Lyford, Maine Master

August 8, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Cabot in his studio. Credit Dale Schierholt Cabot Lyford was highly regarded by peers and critics alike as one of the finest stone carvers in New England. Using native stone, sometimes found in local stone walls or on the shoreline as well as established quarries, he produced hundreds of pieces, many monumental, which appear in both private collections and public places throughout the country. He created dynamic, sensuous, sometimes whimsical figures using rudimentary tools and "reading" the stone to release…

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A Brief History of a Billion Years of Earth Time as Recorded in Maine’s Rocks and Minerals

August 9, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

"The Bubbles" and Jordan Pond in Acadia National Park. These hills and valleys were sculpted by glacial erosion. The pond was dammed behind a moraine ridge during retreat of the ice sheet. Photo courtesy Maine Geological Survey. Why is Maine so beautiful?  How was our spectacular coast formed?  Our lovely mountains, lakes and rivers, and famous fjord? From continental collisions that thrust up the high Appalachian Mountains, through rifting of the supercontinent Pangea to form the present-day Atlantic, to the…

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MCSS Artist Talk with Andreas von Huene

August 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Part of Andreas' talk will share the process of creating a fountain of which this is one part. Join us for a night with Andreas von Huene, one of the Maine Coast Stone Symposium participating sculptors inside the 1847 Boothbay Town Hall at the Museum. On the evening of Tuesday, August 15 starting at 7 pm, you are invited to join us to learn more about his work and creative process. Andreas has prepared a special talk specifically about the…

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MCSS Artist Talk with Mark Herrington & Dick Alden

August 17, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for a night with Mark Herrington and Dick Alden, two of the Maine Coast Stone Symposium participating sculptors inside the 1847 Boothbay Town Hall at the Museum. On the evening of Thursday, August 17 starting at 7 pm, you are invited to join us to learn more about their work and the creative process. Mark will take a traditional approach with an slide presentation of his work and time for questions. Dick came to sculpture full-time after a…

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Tour Dragon Cement Plant in Thomaston

August 21, 2017

Dragon Products is the last Thomaston operation to quarry limestone and the only remaining large cement production facility in New England. They quarry about 700,000 tons of limestone per year. The famous “Lime Coast” runs from Thomaston to Lincolnville, Maine and is an important part of local history.  In 1836 Thomaston was the biggest producer of lime in the United States.  By 1890 over 3,000 men worked directly or indirectly in the lime trade and over 200 schooners were involved…

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