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June 2017

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

June 7, 2017 @ 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 design from 1909 to…

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The Early Years of Outboard Motors 1866-1907

June 13, 2017 @ 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 motor. In this fascinating…

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Evinrude 1908-1934 – The Ole and Bess Years

June 14, 2017 @ 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 the ice cream was…

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Evinrude 1935-1965 – The Ralph Years

June 20, 2017 @ 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 singer Frances Langford and…

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Amazing Innovation: Johnson 1922-1965

June 21, 2017 @ 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 – sold out – see other sessions

June 22, 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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Tenacity and Brilliance: Kiekhaefer Mercury 1936-1965

June 27, 2017 @ 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 could never come back…

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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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