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We are excited to announce that we are now able to offer free shipping on all items in our online store. We have something for everyone including books, PMM publications, maps, and prints made from our photo collection. Become a member and you can also receive 10% off your entire purchase. Proceeds from all purchases support PMM programs, collections, and operations.

October Speaker Series

Every Thursday in October, enjoy new, exciting Zoom programs put together by Penobscot Marine Museum Staff. Programs will start at 6pm. Register for each program using the links below.

October 1: Postcards with Photo Archivist Kevin Johnson
Wish you were here! PMM Photo Archivist Kevin Johnson will explore one of the earliest forms of social media, the picture postcard, tapping several of the museum's photo collections to illustrate. He will also examine the cameras and glass plate negatives they used.  Click here to register.

October 8: Kosti Ruohomaa and Maine's Bygone Log Drives with Digital Collections Curator Matt Wheeler
Using a selection of these images from Kosti Ruohomaa's series on Maine log drives in the 1950s, PMM Digital Collections Curator Matt Wheeler will give us a glimpse of a lost enterprise; the subculture that grew up around it has made a lasting image in our historical mind's eye. Click here to register.

October 15: Quintessential Maine Boats with Curator Cipperly Good
Cipperly Good, PMM Curator, will present a look at three quintessential Maine boats: the Wabanaki birchbark canoe, Matinicus double-ender, and Jonesporter lobsterboat. Each of these boats are designed for fishing in Maine's coastal waters. Come learn more how Maine geography influenced the design of these unique boats. Click here to register.

October 22: Marine Art by the Buttersworth Family with Museum Educator Sarah Cole
PMM Museum Educator Sarah Cole will present a look at master paintings of marine art by the Buttersworth family. She will take her time exploring the paintings and zooming in to closely examine the minute details these men spent the time to include in their images.  She will also explore a little bit of the events and places these paintings depict. Click here to register.

October 29: Stories from the Spirits of Sea-goers
As the Penobscot Marine Museum winds up its season and readies the buildings to over-winter, the spirits associated with the artifacts and stories tend to awaken. In this Zoom edition of PMM's annual event, you can hear their stories of tragedy and adventure from the comfort of your home! Family friendly, but may be scary for young viewers. Click here to Register.
Last Night at the Museum
Campus Flashlight Tour

Friday, October 16th & Saturday, October 17th
$20/family (up to 10 people)

Walk around the Penobscot Marine Museum campus meeting spirits of past locals and sea-goers and hearing their tales of tragedy and adventure. This event is family-friendly, but could be scary for some. Flashlights and warm clothing are encouraged. Face coverings are required.

Member Mondays on Zoom
Mondays in October at Noon

Rotating among 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! If you're not a member already, join here . If you are already a member, look for another email from us with the Zoom information. If you did not receive this email, please email at least 1 hour prior to the program.
Puppet Shows are Back!
Tuesdays at 11am on Facebook Live

Penobscot Marine Museum's weekly puppet shows make history fascinating. Join us every Tuesday in October at 11am at This series will mainly use shadow puppetry to illustrate exciting true stories from the sea. The puppet show programs will be hosted by the cat puppet Mr. Ropes and will feature a 3-5 minute shadow puppet show plus additional conversation and fun facts. Catch up on our summer puppet shows here.
Researching Peek into Paintings

One of my favorite parts of creating Peek into Paintings is researching and finding fun stories of the people in 19th century Penobscot Bay. I am very grateful to Cipperly Good, Deb Nowers, and all the Library Researchers who have done most of the research behind the stories. At the beginning of September we presented "Women at Sea" which included the painting of the BANGALORE, the ship that Georgia Maria Gilkey lived on for the first year of her marriage to Phineas Banning Blanchard. 
Georgia grew up on ships sailing with her family at the end of the 19th century. She writes, "I was graduated from Searsport High school in 1904 and went to work in Mrs. Jennie Hunter's store...  Banning took me sleigh riding. The sleigh turned over, dumping us into the snow. An old lady, friend of ours, said, 'that is a sure sign that you will get married.'" After the wedding, Georgia's mother provided lunch for the family, and then the two left on a train to Philadelphia to get onto Banning's ship, BANGALORE, a steel-hulled clipper ship. Banning worked with Georgia every day, teaching her navigation by the sun and stars as they sailed. When they returned, Georgia went to live with her parents for a little while and gave birth to her first daughter, little Georgia.
Thanks for watching and don't forget to tune in every Friday at noon on Facebook Live! You can watch all of our previous presentations here.
Sarah Cole, Museum Educator
Larger than Life Seafarers
By Cipperly Good, Curator

I was recently asked for larger-than-life Penobscot Bay people from our maritime past whose stories provide insight into life here. Perhaps they might inspire your Halloween costume this year.
One of my favorite people is Lillias Lewene Pendleton Nichols. She brought together two prominent Searsport families: as daughter of sea captain Phineas Pendleton, the patriarch of many Searsport sea captains, she married into the Nichols family, another prominent Searsport sea captain family. She certainly knew the merchant marine business. When the Confederates captured and set fire to the ship named for her sister Delphine, and captained by her husband, William Green Nichols, Lillias' spitfire natures came through. She gave the Confederates a tongue-lashing that lasted from the time they pulled her out of the ship's cabin, threw her husband's navigational instruments overboard, transferred her and the rest of the crew to the Confederate vessel, and handed them off Australia at the US Consulate. Her parting shot to the Confederates was breaking the gag order on not disclosing how they took the ship by pretense of being a British vessel. She defies the conventions of quiet, submissive Victorian women, tucked safely on shore awaiting the return of her husband, and represents the reality for many women who went to sea with their husbands in the merchant marine.

Daguerreotype of Lillias Pendleton Nichols. PMM# 1969.19.1
Another figure is George Albert Carver, son of prominent Searsport shipbuilder John Carver and relation to many Searsport Sea Captains.  Like them, he plied his trade as a shipbuilder, shipowner, and deep sea captain, before moving to New York City to be a partner in a ship owning business and ship chandlery that fitted out merchant vessels with provisions for their journey.  He and his descendents maintained ties to Searsport, our local public library is named in his honor and his descendents donated the land for Moose Point State Park, where many find refreshment in the summer.  More to the point, his descendants co-founded Penobscot Marine Museum as a repository for collections that tell the story of Maine's involvement in global trade in the 19th century.

Peleg Benson Nichols, George Albert Carver, and Andrew Sherbourne Pendleton were contemporaries growing up in Searsport. All three became sea captains. They took the first picture in 1859 when they were in their 20s, and the second 30 years later in 1889. By then Peleg was captain of the ship RR THOMAS, George had retired from sea and was working in New York City, and Andrew was captain of the bark EMMA T. CROWELL. LB2008.3.216 and LB2008.3.217, Ship Captains Collection.

Joanna and Lincoln "Link" Ross Colcord grew up at the tail end of the merchant sail era.  Joanna, born off Caledonia aboard her father's ship, was glad her parents did not follow the Searsport tradition of naming children for the place where they were born.  Link was born aboard his father's ship during a storm at the end of the 19th century a generation too late to follow the sea.  As their father, Lincoln Alden Colcord, watched the decline of the sailing ship trade with Asia in 1900, he counseled his heartbroken son to find other means of employment.  Link turned his energies to preserving the maritime history of the region through fictional sea stories, maritime histories in periodicals, and co-founding the Penobscot Marine Museum. Joanna documented her time at sea with photography, and later compiled books on sailor work songs and sea language.

 Lincoln Ross Colcord and Joanna Colcord with their goat on the barkentine CLARA E. MCGILVERY.  LB2003.61.1436, Joanna C. Colcord Collection
Photo Archives News
We Miss Our Volunteers!

Since the Covid 19 virus took ahold of the world we have been unable to have our photo volunteers come back to the museum. Air circulating systems, social distancing, and the high risk age group has forced us to make the decision to wait until it's safe before we can have them back. We owe so much to their efforts and miss their comradery immensely! Stay well and thank you!
PMM Photos at Work
It brings us great joy when photographs and objects from our collections are used by someone to tell a story. We receive scores of requests each year for people who are making films, writing books or articles, or researching a family history. These images add visuals and context to the stories that elevate them in the eyes of their audiences. Below are two recent examples of our photos at work. 

Filmmaker Daniel Jacobs used many images from out collection of the schooner SYLVIAN W BEAL, which is currently being restored by shipwright Harold A. Burnham. View here.

Belfast filmmaker, Ned Lightner, created a piece on the Belfast Banners which were recently hung on buildings around Belfast to celebrate the Maine's Bicentennial. View here.
Paul Stubing Collection now online!
Paul Stubing grew up in Ellsworth, Maine, then moved with his family to Mamaroneck, New York at a young age, where he became intensely interested in boats and boatbuilding. Later he resided in Noank, Connecticut, where he worked as a boatbuilder, fisherman, and as an art conservator for Mystic Seaport. In July 1989, Paul and his wife Marion moved to Deer Isle, Maine. After retiring, he continued to share his vast maritime knowledge and skill with the Deer Isle
Historical Society and the Penobscot Marine Museum. Several of Paul's paintings, and many items from Paul and Marion's private maritime collection, were generously donated to these organizations over the years. When Paul passed in 2011, his friend Bill Bunting wrote in his obituary that "He was a tall raw boned man; had Andrew Wyeth ever painted his portrait, his remarkable, craggy, scarred, character-filled visage would now be a national icon." 

The Stubing Collection available online consists of 414 photographs, which he collected over his lifetime. It was researched and cataloged by PMM volunteer Alan Gray. While most boat types are represented in this collection, it was evident that lobster boats were his favorite. Another large group of 35mm slides taken by Paul will be digitized in the future.
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