July Programs with PMM
Join PMM weekdays in July for fun and interesting programs online and in-person. Below is a brief description of the daily offerings, but visit our website or Facebook for more information and how to register.
Member Mondays on Zoom
FREE, Members only, programs begin at noon
Rotating between Curator Cipperly Good, Photo Archivist Kevin Johnson, and Digital Collections Curator Matt Wheeler, each week a different staff member will focus on one of their favorite artifacts or collections. Enjoy close up views and interesting stories, plus an opportunity to ask your own questions and chat with PMM staff!
Knot Club at PMM
One time fee of $5/person for July series, FREE for members, noon to 1pm
Bring a brown bag lunch, picnic blanket, and your knot project and join us for some outdoor, distanced crafting and conversation. We will provide participants with a packet including string and instructions for several knot projects. This is a casual crafting hour; our staff and volunteers will offer guidance but generally the knotting is self-led.
Junior Adventurers on Facebook Live!
FREE, programs begin at 11am
Starting July 8th, join us at Facebook.com/Penobscot to discover the Penobscot Marine Museum through pictures stories, crafts, & more. These weekly programs are designed for children and their families to have fun with the museum. Each will explore a different topic and will include a craft to make at home! 
Wednesday Evening Knot Club on Zoom
FREE, 7pm-8pm
Join us on Zoom for a casual crafting hour and conversation. We will post some possible knot projects and we encourage you to share your work! All ages and levels welcome.
Thursday Night Speakers on Zoom
See website for registration, 6pm
Explore maritime history and culture with speaker topics ranging from pirates to Penobscot Bay today to the Maine-built square riggers in between. Jim Nelson will kick off the series on July 9th with a talk about Pirates on the Maine Coast.
Make & Sip Workshops on Zoom
See website for materials fees, 6 pm
Pick up materials at PMM and then join us on Zoom for Make & Sip Workshops about Decorative Knots on July 23rd and Sailors' Valentines on August 6th. PMM staff will provide further instruction and an opportunity for participants to share their work.
Peek into Paintings on Facebook Live
FREE, programs begin at noon
Join us at Facebook.com/Penobscot as PMM Museum Educator Sarah Cole uses high resolution images of our paintings to zoom in on all the details. See our paintings as never before! Learn about the artist and the history and geography behind the subject of the painting.

We are excited to announce that the Penobscot Marine Museum has been granted a CARES Act Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This grant will allow us to continue to adapt and expand our educational programming during this challenging time. Our July program series is just the first phase of this project, so watch for more opportunities to engage with our museum, our collections, and our maritime history and culture. Many thanks to NEH for their support.
Visit the Penobscot Marine Museum
in a whole new way!
Starting June 30, we are excited to welcome visitors to our campus. While we won't be open in the same way we have traditionally been, we are thrilled to be able to offer new guided walking tours on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings. These tours will commemorate Maine's bicentennial by focusing on Penobscot Bay's rich maritime history. Tours cost $20/household and will last around 45 minutes. Tours outside of the regular schedule are available daily  for $40/household, and $30  for members. 
Participants will have the option of choosing either the standard tour that explores the history of Maine through specific stories relating to Searsport and Penobscot Bay, or the weekly themed tour. Staff-led tours make 7 stops outside buildings throughout our campus, plus allow time for participants to explore boat barns and the "Gone Fishing" exhibit. All ages are welcome and child-friendly tours are available. 
Pre-registration is required by 5:00 p.m. the day before the scheduled tour; no walk-ins will be accepted and space is limited. For more information visit our website. To register email at jganskop@pmm-maine.org, or call 207-548-2529, Monday through Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. to noon.
Meet Our New Administrative Assistant
Alessandra Towne has lived in Maine almost all her life. After finishing high school at Foxcroft Academy, Allie chose to spend some time on the coast, and enrolled at the University of Southern Maine in Portland/Gorham. She majored in Tourism and Hospitality with concentrations in Culinary Studies, Breweries, Digital Marketing, and also minored in Archaeology. She spent her time living in Portland working in the hospitality industry, with special interest in the Maine craft brewing scene. 

After graduating, she spent some time working in forensic accounting at a local Portland tax attorney office, until she and her fiancé decided it was time for a change of scenery. They moved to Verona Island just before the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic, and have been working on their house in the meantime. Outside of work, Allie enjoys hiking, visiting new restaurants, and spending time with her fiancé, Branden, and her beloved cat, Lux.
PMM invited to participate in
Russian Conference
Film Crew from the Maine Sardine Council at event. LB1998.12.2506.19, Maine Sardine Council Collection.
In early March, Penobscot Marine Museum was approached by The Archangel Committee of Greater Portland, Maine to participate in the Matitsa International Forum for Wooden Historical Shipbuilding taking place this July in Arkhangel'sk, Russia. Then COVID-19 made physical travel to Russia impossible, so we switched gears to make a virtual contribution to the conference. The result was a tour of our boat barns and shipbuilding exhibits, filmed, narrated, and edited by our one-woman producer and curator, Cipperly Good. Watch the whole 30 minute tour here .

If you are short on time, or want to focus on a certain type of watercraft, check out these.

Located in the delta of the Northern Dvina river which flows into the White Sea, Arkhangel'sk was Russia's first trading port with the West, exporting furs, fish, and timber. With the Baltic Sea home to numerous hostile navies of other countries, Peter the Great started the Russian Navy in remote Arkhangel'sk at the turn of the 18th century. The merchant and naval interests spurred shipbuilding in Arkhangel'sk. PMM has few records of Maine ships trading in Arkhangel'sk during the age of sail, as we both exported similar natural resources. The relationship between Portland and Arkhangel'sk began with the building of Liberty Ships at South Portland during World War II to serve in the Arctic Convoy, delivering much needed supplies of food, fuel, medicine, and military supplies to the White Sea region. With the cooling of US and Soviet tensions in the 1980s, the Greater Portland Region and Arkhangelsk became sister cities.

The International Forum for Wooden Historical Shipbuilding's goal is to exchange ideas about the revival and preservation of traditions of historical wooden shipbuilding in the White Sea region of Russia and neighboring Finland, northern Norway and Sweden. Our video of Maine built boats and our shipbuilding traditions subtitled in Russian will be featured alongside presentations by historical museums, shipbuilders, educators, and cultural heritage organizations.
James Edward Buttersworth Inducted Into National Sailing Hall of Fame
James E. Buttersworth's Ship in Heavy Storm, PMM Collection, 1979.79.16

On June 23, 2020, the National Sailing Hall of Fame inducted marine artist James Edward Buttersworth (1817-1894). He was part of the twelfth class to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, so we can excuse the 126 year lapse between Buttersworth's lifetime and today. Our collection of J.E. Butterworth paintings includes scenes of British and American merchant and naval ships. See our collection of paintings by James, his father Thomas, and brother Thomas in our  virtual exhibit gallery.  

You can read Gary Jobson's biography of James E. Buttersworth at the  National Sailing Hall of Fame site.
Photo Archives News
SOS Can you help?

In our ongoing effort to put the Eastern  Illustrating & Publishing Collection back together we have our next challenge. An antique dealer in Massachusetts has 266 Eastern glass negatives, and so we ask our supporters once again to help if they are able. We need to raise $6,000 for this effort. This group includes plates from Maine as well as from CT, VT, NH and NY. You can see a list of what's available  here . If you would like to make a donation, towards this purchase, and further purchases of glass plate negatives, you can do so  here . Thank You!!! 
"Postcards from Gus" New Post!

Schooner LEWIS R FRENCH passes the Rockland Breakwater on 7/5/1985. Red Boutilier Collection.

Back in May we alerted you to a new blog centered around postcard images created by brothers Augustus "Gus" and Luther Phillips. The blog is the work of PMM volunteers Cathy Jewett and Ben Meader. They have teamed up with Ben's father John Meader, a photographer, to take "now" photos of some of the Phillips postcard images, taken in the 1950s into the 70s. Their new post focuses on the Rockland breakwater. Learn its history and see images from then & now. A fascinating look and read to be sure! 

Volunteer Spotlight
Our work with more than a century of Maine-centered photography seems to attract people who have led (and are in the midst of leading) interesting lives. Eero Ruutila landed in Maine with his wife in October of 2015 after years of moving around the country pursuing work as an agricultural researcher and educator. When he heard that the collected work of Maine photojournalist Kosti Ruohomaa had found its way to PMM, he decided to offer some time here helping with photo digitization projects. We've been very fortunate to have him on our team here since last September; he's focused on processing Maynard Bray's 35mm film. We got him to talk a little bit about his connection to photography and how he wound up finding us. [Excerpted from a longer interview]

PMM: So agriculture's been the backbone of your career. What's the allure of farming for you? Is it partly what drew you to Maine?

ER: My interest in farming probably originated from an early trip to Finland where I experienced the rural homesteads & villages of my grandmother's brothers and sisters during a year-long extended stay in 1967-68. It was a teenager's romantic perception of what I'm sure was actually a hard scrabble existence. Within one generation all of my extended family's small dairy farms were gone. During college I was interested in literature of the natural world, reading the great nature poets of the Sung & T'ang Dynasty, William Blake, Thoreau, Gary Snyder, some of the other Beat writers of the mid-50s. Upon graduation I looked for real experiences where I was in direct contact withNature as inspiration for some sort of artistic expression. It took me 15 years... before I actually landed at a NH farm as its inexperienced farm manager. I stayed [there] for 22 years and learned how to survive, then thrive, as a commercial farmer. My artistic pursuits started to shift to photography as I utilized a 35mm camera to document field work and also to make portraits of my Cambodian farm crew. I came to Maine [when] I was hired to manage Johnny's Selected Seeds 160 acre Research Farm in Albion. 

PMM: Who's your favorite photographer? What do you like about their work? Does it influence yours?

ER: Maybe not my a favorite photographer but definitely favorite photo book of the year is Anastasia Samoylova's FloodZone, her understated vision of the Anthropocene, how sea level rise is silently seeping into coastal neighborhoods in sea level Florida. It is social landscape photography without judgement. It's formatted w/ both color and black and white images. I like her photos of Wild Nature & its inhabitants as uninvited incursion into urbanized environments. Her decisive moments come from these juxtapositions.  Her work probably bears some influence on my own as I am looking for my own narrative about how one cannot cheat biology.
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