Belfast, Maine – Two photographic exhibits from the Penobscot Marine Museum – “Lincoln County Through the Eastern Eye” and “Animal Tales” – are on display at the H. Allen and Sally Fernald Art Gallery at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast until 30 June The show is free and open to the public, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.
“Animal Tales” uses photographs from the Penobscot Marine Museum’s extensive photographic archive and the intriguing stories behind the images to explore people’s fascination with animals. Ever since photography began, people have loved using their cameras to capture beloved pets, livestock, wildlife, and fishing and hunting hits forever. The exhibition features a range of photography, from casual snapshots by amateur photographers to carefully crafted photos by professional photographers like Kosti Ruohomaa. “Animal Tales” is sponsored by Sally Savage.
“Lincoln Country through the Eastern Eye” features photographs of towns, small communities and summer colonies. The majority of the photos in this exhibit were taken between about 1910 and the 1920s, when steamships and sloops plowed the coastal waters and passed through bays and harbours, around rocky islands and peninsulas. These ships carried passengers and cargo, including inventory for the general stores that were the centers of community life. They also brought summer visitors to the growing number of hotels, boarding houses, resorts and cabins. Local residents made a living by fishing, tending a store, or working in shipyards, seafood processing plants, or one of Lincoln County’s few manufacturing industries. New job opportunities arose as tourism businesses multiplied.
The images in the exhibit are a small sampling of photographs from the Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company that collectively tell a big story about life in Lincoln County a century ago. Raising awareness among local residents and community historians produced personal memories, family ties and vanishing history, which enriched the photo captions. Viewers whose memories are stirred as exhibits travel from city to city have the opportunity to share this information with the Penobscot Marine Museum. The exhibit was researched and curated by Liz Fitzsimmons.
For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Abby Spooner, [email protected]. More information on the Fernald Art Gallery at the Hutchinson Center is on line.
About the Penobscot Marine Museum
The Penobscot Marine Museum has one of the largest archives of historic photographs in Maine, with over 140,000 negatives, prints, slides, postcards, and daguerreotypes available for research, reproduction, and licensing. Revealing many aspects of late 19th to mid-20th century life, the collections range from the extensive archives of the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company and works by individual professional photographers to intimate family albums. Each collection has a connection to the Penobscot Bay region, either by photographer, publisher or subject. In addition to images from Searsport and elsewhere in Maine and New England, there are photographs of distant lands; boats, ships and waterfronts; towns, villages and countryside; fashion, furniture, industry, architecture and people.
About the Hutchinson Center:
The Hutchinson Center is an outreach center at the University of Maine at Orono that serves as an educational and cultural center for the Midcoast region. It is named after the President Emeritus of the University of Maine, Frederick E. Hutchinson. The Hutchinson Center’s mission is to expand access to University of Maine academic and non-degree programs and services, lifelong learning opportunities, and professional and career development experiences using innovative approaches that increase synergy between University of Maine system entities and University of Maine departments. and divisions, and that engage a larger Maine community.
About the University of Maine:
The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state’s land, maritime, and space grant university, with a regional campus at the University of Maine at Machias. UMaine is located on Marsh Island in the homeland of the Penobscot Nation. UMaine Machias is located in the homeland of the Passamaquoddy Nation. As Maine’s flagship public university, UMaine has a statewide mission of education, research and economic development, and community service. UMaine is the only public research university in the state and one of the most comprehensive institutions of higher education in the Northeast. It attracts students from all 50 states and 81 countries. UMaine currently enrolls 11,989 undergraduate and graduate students, and UMaine Machias enrolls 747 undergraduate students. Our students have the opportunity to engage in groundbreaking research with world-class scholars. UMaine offers more than 100 degree programs through which students can earn a master’s, doctoral, or master of professional science, as well as graduate certificates. UMaine Machias offers 18 degree programs. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial campus-wide efforts to save energy, recycle, and meet green building standards in new construction. For more information on UMaine and UMaine Machias, visit umaine.edu and machias.edu.