As Americans pause today to remember the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., we honor Maine people who have protested and worked for social change. Mainers played an active role in the movement for civil rights for African-Americans in the 1950s and ’60s, fighting for racial equality in Maine, at rallies in Washington DC, and in marches, protests, and actions throughout the South. This online exhibit explores some of the issues, causes, and moments throughout Maine history when Mainers have stood up and fought for change. View the exhibit.
KINGFIELD — The Ski Museum of Maine is presenting two Fireside Chats focusing on the state’s rich skiing heritage on Friday, Jan. 21, and Sunday, Jan. 23. The first is titled “Maine’s Nordic Skiing Heritage: 1870-2011&r…
Tourists, adventurers and history buffs are lining up to visit the South Pole this year and next in honor of the 100th anniversaries of two polar expeditions.
From the Penobscot Marine Museum:
This winter and spring, Maine residents can enjoy three free exhibits of vintage photographs from PMM’s photography archives. Free receptions are scheduled for two of the exhibits later this month in Belfast
Both Belfast exhibits are from the museum’s Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co. collection. The largest single collection of historic photography in Maine, the Eastern collection consists of nearly 50,000 images of Maine and other New England states and upstate New York. A publisher of “real photo” postcards, Eastern Illustrating was founded in Belfast in 1909, and remained in business into the 1950s.
The third exhibit, in Ellsworth, is from the collection of The Atlantic Fisherman – once the industry’s premier trade journal for New England. The collection provides an unmatched look at commercial fishing during the fifty years after engines replaced sail.
All three exhibits will be available to travel around the state at the conclusion of their scheduled runs. Parties interested in hosting exhibits should contact Kevin Johnson: 207-548-2529 ext.210
WALDO COUNTY THROUGH EASTERN’S EYE
On display: now through April 30
Free Reception: January 27, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Allen & Sally Fernald Gallery, U-Maine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave., Belfast
Times: M-F, 8 a.m.- 7 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m. – noon
Description: Town and country views from almost every town in Waldo County. Research was conducted by individuals and historical societies from throughout the county.
More information: 207-338-8000
MAINE AGRICULTURE: VIEWS FROM THE PAST
On display: Jan. 26 – Mar. 21
Free Reception: Jan. 28, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, 97 Main St., Belfast
Times: M-F, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Description: Images of potato and dairy farming, the poultry industry, corn husking, canning operations and other scenes from Maine’s agricultural past. Researched by renowned Maine historian William H. Bunting.
More information: 207-338-6575
IMAGES FROM THE ATLANTIC FISHERMAN
On display: now through March 31
Where: The Maine Grind, 192 Main Street, Ellsworth
Times: Mon.-Sat., 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Description: Photos from 1920s to the 1950s of working boats and the men who crewed them; shore-based fishing methods; and shoreside supply, processing and distributing activities.
More information: 207-667-0011
From the Maine Historical Society;
Snowshoeing took Lewiston by storm during the first half of the 20th century. The spark: Louis-Philippe Gagné, a newspaper editor who immigrated to the area from Quebec in 1922. He brought his love for the sport, and quickly helped form more than a dozen hugely popular snowshoe clubs that hosted athletic events and provided an important social space for the Franco community. Visit the exhibit.
Library staff have recently finished processing a collection of materials related to Elise Fellows White (1873-1953) given to MHS by Houghton White in 2010. Elise was a violin prodigy from Skowhegan whose musical talents and adventuresome spirit took her around the country and abroad from an early age. She kept journals and saved letters, programs, and photographs throughout her life, all of which offer wonderful glimpses into life in Maine and beyond. The collection is now available to researchers in the library. See the catalog record, and related material on Maine Memory.
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