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June 2017

Fire and Dewatering Pumps of WWII Made from Outboard Motors

June 28, 2017 @ 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

Tireless Entrepreneurs

July 5, 2017 @ 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 Oil Corporation, and four…

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Invention of the 4-cycle Outboard Motor

July 11, 2017 @ 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 of the most prominent…

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Outboard Motors and Industrial Espionage

July 12, 2017 @ 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 builder of mahogany boats…

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CANCELLED Class: Carving Soapstone

July 17, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Taught by sculptor Anne Alexander Learn how to carve soapstone using rasps, files and chisels to create a relief sculpture that can be used as a bedwarmer.  The pieces will be finished using wet sanding paper in various grits to achieve a soft sheen to the stone. Carve an animal, a shell, a flower, an abstract form, or whatever you envision.  Examples will be available for inspiration.  Soapstone bedwarmers have been used for hundreds of years, and are still warming…

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WWII Radioplane Drone Aircraft

July 18, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Multimedia presentation and tour of the Stevenson Outboard Collection. The story of drones begins in 1934 with Reginald Denny, an English film star who became an RAF pilot during World War I The drones that we hear about in the news today, with uses ranging from military to fire-fighting to wildlife vaccine delivery, didn’t start out as offensive weapons of war.  The fascinating story of drones includes Ronald Reagan and Marilyn Monroe and begins in 1934 with Reginald Denny, an…

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Blacksmithing Class

July 20, 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. NOTE:…

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Don Justin Meserve Sculpture Raffle

July 21, 2017 - August 21, 2017

CLEAT, Winter Harbor, Maine by Don Justin Meserve 1938 - 2010, Created during the Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium Best known for artworks carved in granite and basalt, Don Justin Meserve (1938 - 2010) loved to demonstrate sculpting methods, particularly at the Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium where he completed a massive installation piece for the waterfront at Winter Harbor and at the J.C. Stone Symposium in 2010. A teacher at heart, Don nurtured many protégés and influenced a generation of Maine…

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Caille and Martin

July 25, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Multimedia presentation and tour of the Stevenson Outboard Collection. Caille outboard motor advertisement The development of the outboard motor revolutionized water transportation.  Outboard motors were easy to store out of the water, easy to maintain, and easy to use, making them the motor of choice for professional fishermen, sportsmen, and recreational boaters.  Around 1906, the first outboard motor using gasoline was designed by a Yale law student from Detroit named Cameron Waterman.  Waterman asked the Caille Brothers, manufacturers of slot-machines,…

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August 2017

Maine Coast Stone Symposium

August 1, 2017 - August 31, 2017

From granite for some of the country’s most significant public buildings to slate for roof tiles, commercial quarrying and stone working has thrived in Maine since around 1800. The sector’s evolution affected transportation by both sea and rail, while technological advances changed the industry in significant ways. Today, Maine stone artists and artisans still use many traditional techniques to create everything from garden benches to world-renowned public architecture. Join us in August 2017 for a month-long celebration of the history,…

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