Field Trips
We had a wonderful time shipbuilding with George B. Weatherbee School students during their annual Maine Day.
Want to have fun with history? We're currently scheduling field trips during our May Field Trips weeks, when schools can take advantage of a additional craft and scavenger hunt options, plus a $300 scholarship to support busing costs. Find out more
hereWe also have an exciting line-up of children's camps, activities, and special events coming this summer.
Photo Archives News
From the Cradle to the Grave: 
Mining the Ed Coffin Collection
Maritime Month at Camden Public Library

LB2013.21.413 Schooner FREEMAN about to be launched from Cobb Butler yard in 1919 at Rockland, Maine
April is Maritime Month at Camden Public Library, where an exhibit of photographic works from PMM's Ed Coffin Collection is on view from April 2 through the end of the month. On Tuesday, April 2, at 7:00 p.m., in library's Picker Room, Kevin Johnson, PMM Photo Archivist and Jon Johansen, Publisher of Maine Coastal News, will present a slideshow of images from the collection.

LB2013.21.339 Schooner ALBERT L. BUTLER wrecked on beach at
Provincetown, Mass. in 1898
There are many themes to explore in the Coffin collection, but two  that stand out as crowd pleasers are ship launches and ship wrecks. The "birth" and "death" of ships have long held the public's fascination. Most of Maine's Midcoast towns have been involved in building boats, ships and schooners. Watching the culmination of a year or more of construction and investment has been a spectacle not to be missed. On the flipside, the wreck of a ship evokes entirely different feelings, but the pull to see the tragic scene and to learn the grim story can be just as strong.
Kosti Comes Home
On exhibit at Rockland Public Library
The night train to Wiscasset. Photo by Kosti Ruohomaa

PMM's Kosti Ruohomaa photography exhibit will be on display at Rockland Public Library April through July. On June 25, at 6:30 p.m., Deanna Bonner-Ganter, former Maine State Museum curator and Kosti Ruohomaa biographer, will give a talk on Ruohomaa's work. For more information visit 
Where in the World?
Bark CARRIE E. LONG of Stockton passing. Flushing, 1868.  Artist unknown.  Reverse painting on glass.  Gift of William H. Pendleton, #1997.14.1

The English anglicized the name of Vlissingen, The Netherlands to Flushing and Maine sea captains used the anglicized version when they referred to the seaport. Vlissingen sits in southwestern Netherlands on the island of Walcheren at the mouth of the West Scheldt River as it flows from the North Sea. The Scheldt River leads to Antwerp and Ghent, Belgium. Ships under a draft of 18 feet could make it to Antwerp, any ships with a draft between 18 and 30 feet put in at Vlissingen, where the cargo was offloaded and shipped on smaller boats for the remainder of the 45 mile journey to Antwerp. As a Dutch East Indies Company port, Vlissingen traded herring and slaves and engaged in privateering, until it suffered from an economic decline in the 1700s. At the time of this portrait, the Royal Netherlands Navy shipyard and arsenal kept the maritime port in business and an 1870 economic revival would revitalize the port.

Vlissingen, A Closer Look
Just under the bowsprit of the CARRIE E. LONG, we see the town wall of Vlissingen protecting the town from the North Sea at great expense, as well as foreign human invaders. Gevangentoren, the cylindrical prison tower with the conical roof, sits at the point of land. The Grote Kazerne barracks connects to the Gevangentoren.  Over its roof, the Oranjemolen corn windmill converts wind into power.  Unseen, the two harbors, which are dry at low tide, penetrate into the heart of the town with large quays or piers for unloading cargo into the warehouses. The rowhouses and buildings of town have distinctive peaked roofs. The next large building towering over the houses is the Prinsenhuis, a mansion built for the Prince of Orange, which later became a coffeehouse. Rising above all is the pear-shaped spire of St. Jacobs' topped by a gold-plated ball and an iron cross. At the far left of the painting is the Western Mill, a flour windmill. 
Museum Store News
Our Store Manager Gabriella had a wonderful time at the New England Made Show in Portland! She found a few new vendors and is excited to show off the Museum Store's new merchandise this season. With the store moving back to the Whitcomb & Pendleton building on Main Street we are looking forward to a fresh start!
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