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See and Learn About Treasures In Our Own Backyard

Photo:  Octant belonging to Captain John W. Kane of Blue Hill from the Blue Hill Historical Society.


Castine –  Have you ever wondered what treasures are hidden away in the historical societies of the Blue Hill Peninsula? Let’s face it – no one visits what is in their own backyard. You may have driven past your town’s historical society or museum thinking “one day I’ll stop.” But if you are like most people, you visit cultural attractions when you travel, but not your local institutions.

To help solve this dilemma, the Castine Historical Society is offering a free evening program on Thursday, June 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the Mitchell Room of the Castine Historical Society. The event includes pop-up exhibits from the Orland Historical Society, Blue Hill Historical Society, Castine Historical Society and Wilson Museum. The evening, “Treasures in Our Own Backyard” will give attendees the chance to view interesting collection items, as well as to hear brief talks on one collection piece from each institution that has a particularly fascinating story.

Historical Societies and history museums, many of whom have been in existence for years, are the keepers of fascinating local history connecting the present with the past. Their collections help us learn about the people of the past who shaped our landscape, named our landmarks, and made decisions that affect us today.

The Castine Historical Society serves as a window into Castine’s extraordinary past. The Society preserves local history and hosts permanent and temporary exhibitions, lectures, town walking tours, house and garden tours, and historic reenactments in its Abbott School exhibit gallery at 17 School Street, Castine. The Grindle House offices and research library located at 13 School Street, Castine are open year-round and researchers are welcome by appointment.

The Historical Society is open daily from June 11 – September 3, Monday – Saturday, 10-4; Sunday, 1-4. Fall hours are September 8 – October 8, Friday, Saturday, Monday, 10-4; Sunday, 1-4. For more information visit, call 207-326-4118, or email [email protected].

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