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March 2017

How We Traveled From Boston to Boothbay, 1850 to 1950

March 5, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

RESCHEDULED from Sunday, February 12.  Americans are famous for traveling, but what was it like to travel long distances in the 1850s?  Learn the joys and the sorrows of traveling by steamboat, railroad, and eventually by automobile in this illustrated talk by George Barrett, How We Traveled From Boston to Boothbay, 1850 to 1950.  First came paddle wheel steamboats, then the railroad which competed with the more modern propeller driven boats. You’ll see what it was like to drive all…

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A Moving History: An Illustrated Talk on License Plates from Maine and Around the World

March 19, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Since the first automobiles in the 1890s, license plates have been along for the ride, registering vehicles and telling historical, and sometimes hysterical, stories about Maine, America, and the world.  License plates have been used as state and national symbols, political propaganda, pop culture icons, folk art, deadly tools of war, and even farm animal feed.  The audience is invited to bring their favorite license plates to share with the group.  On Sunday, March 19th at 2:00 pm, Boothbay Railway…

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April 2017

Volunteer Work Days

April 29, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Kevin Bowler and Sarah Strouss shopped, designed, planted and cared for our flower boxes and planters all season long during 2016. Two work days are scheduled to help get the Museum ready for Opening Day on May 27. The first work day will be on Saturday, April 29. Participants can assist with either cleaning and stocking the Museum Store or they can pitch in with work around the grounds like racking leaves, picking up sticks, and preparing garden beds for…

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May 2017

Exhibit: Lincoln County Through Eastern’s Eye

May 27, 2017 - June 29, 2017

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

Illustrated Talk: Lincoln County Through Eastern’s Eye

June 6, 2017 @ 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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