Monday, March 2, 2015

March Events at the Abbe

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Mt. Desert Community Progressive Dinner
March on Mt. Desert Community Progressive Dinner
5:00 - 7:30 pm

Join Mount Desert Street neighbors as we celebrate our community with
this annual progressive dinner.

  • 5:15-5:30 pm at Abbe Museum: Conners-Emerson Play
  • 5:30-6:00 pm at YWCA: Hors d'oeuvres
  • 6:00-6:30 pm at St. Saviour's Church: Salad
  • 6:30-7:00 pm at Jesup Memorial Library: Soup & Bread
  • 7:00-7:30 pm at Congregational Church: Dessert. 

Free, open to the public

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
PKMDI
5:30 -7:00 pm

The PKMDI spring session will feature eight presentations, 6 minutes 20 seconds each (20 slides x 20 seconds), and will be emceed by Lyzz Bien. Midway through the presentations we'll break for an intermission.

Free and open to the public.
Location: Reel Pizza Cinerama, 33 Kennebec Place, Bar Harbor

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Coming Home Brown Bag Lunch Series with Donald Soctomah, Passamaquoddy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join us for the second program in our Brown Bag Lunch series with Passamaquoddy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Donald Soctomah. The Coming Home exhibit features several etched birchbark pieces made by Tomah Joseph—a famous birchbark worker from the Passamaquoddy community at Indian Township. Often featuring depictions of Passamaquoddy oral histories, Joseph’s work was sought after by museums and private collectors all over the world-even Franklin D. Roosevelt owned some of Joseph’s pieces. Soctomah is an expert on Tomah Joseph’s history and work, and has even written a children’s book about the birchbark worker’s friendship with FDR, called Remember Me.

Free and open to the public.
Location: Abbe Museum Downtown

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Wabanaki Women’s Dialogue and Panel Discussion
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In the first half of this program, join Museum Educator and Kikehtahsuwiw: It Heals Curator George Neptune, Passamaquoddy, and other museum visitors in a dialogue focused on the roles of women in Wabanaki and other cultures. Then, join a panel of Wabanaki women for a discussion of the Kikehtahsuwiw: It Heals exhibit, and how the traditional role of women in Wabanaki cultures informs their contemporary work within the Passamaquoddy community.

Free and open to the public.
Location: Abbe Museum Downtown




Saturday, March 28, 2015
Winter in the Dawnland Storytelling and Craft Activity with Museum Educator George Neptune, Passamaquoddy
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

For the final program in the Winter in the Dawnland series, join Museum Educator George Neptune, Passamaquoddy, to hear Wabanaki stories about Koluskap and the creation of the Wabanaki people. When Koluskap came to this land, there were no people here, so he took an arrow and shot a brown ash tree. From that tree, the Wabanaki people were born. To this day, Wabanaki people use strips of brown ash to weave their baskets. In the second part of the program, you will also have the opportunity to weave with ash and make your own woven bookmark to use while you wait for next year’s series!

Registration required, space limited. Recommended for families.

For more information, or to register, contact Museum Educator George Neptune, (207) 288-3519 or george@abbemuseum.org.
Location: Abbe Museum Downtown

Saturday, February 28, 2015

In Memoriam


Janet Neptune, Passamaquoddy at Indian Township, passed away in her home on February 14, 2015. A well known basketmaker, and daughter of 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellow Molly Neptune Parker, Janet frequently worked with the Abbe Museum to present demonstrations, workshops, and supply the gift shop with her ash and sweetgrass creations, brightening spirits with her infectious laugh and teasing demeanor. A member of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance, Janet worked to pass these traditions along to many children throughout the Wabanaki communities.

The Abbe Museum extends its condolences to the Neptune family, the Passamaquoddy people of Motahkomikuk, and the Wabanaki artist community for this tremendous loss. Janet's contributions to the preservation of Wabanaki material culture will forever be remembered.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Thank you for Coming Home

The grand opening of our 2015 feature exhibit, Coming Home, was a huge success. This exhibit was five years in the making, and it was incredible having so many of you under one roof celebrating with us. A special thank you to our friends, generous donors, impressive Board of Trustees, tenacious staff, and supportive volunteers. We are able to do what we do because of all of you.

Museum Educator George Neptune, Passamaquoddy, opened the reception with a blessing.







Julia Clark, director of collections & interpretation, talked about how we were able to make Coming Home happen.
 

Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko, Abbe president and CEO, praised all those responsible for making the exhibit such a success.










A delicious spread of food was provided by the Culinary Arts Committee.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

150th Thoreau-Wabanaki Canoe Tour

During May 2014, an epic journey took place commemorating the travels of Henry David Thoreau and his Wabanaki Guide, Joe Polis, in the Maine Woods in July of 1857.

Photo courtesy of  Little Outdoor Giants

The 150th Anniversary Thoreau-Wabanaki Tour was organized as part of Maine Woods Discovery,
a project of the Maine Woods Consortium. A current exhibit at the Abbe, created by Chris Sockalexis, Penobscot Nation Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, features photographs Chris and others took during the trip, giving a glimpse into the beauty and wild nature of the Maine Woods and the Penobscot Nation's homeland. Two of those photographers, Jarrod McCabe and Dom Francis, who make up the talented team Little Outdoor Giants, are featured in Yankee Magazine with a slideshow of some of their favorite photographs from the incredible journey.

Photo courtesy of  Little Outdoor Giants
Photo courtesy of  Little Outdoor Giants
Photo courtesy of  Little Outdoor Giants

Check out the entire slideshow on yankeemagazine.com. You can also read more about the journey through The Maine Thing Quarterly.

Stop by the Abbe to see more photos of the trip, which are on display in our exhibit, 150th Thoreau-Wabanaki Canoe Tour.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

WABI TV 5 Covers Coming Home

WABI TV 5's Tania Morales stopped by the Abbe today to check out our exhibit, Coming Home. She also spent a little time in our photo booth!


Check out her story.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Don't Miss Out on Our Winter Break Programs


February 17th from 10 am - 3 pm
Coming Home Children's Workshop with Museum Educator George Neptune, Passamaquoddy


In this workshop, learn to make your own miniature beaded bag out of cloth, glass beads, and silk ribbon. This workshop will require the use of sharp needles, so is recommended for older children and teens. Registration required, space limited. To register, contact Museum Educator George Neptune, (207) 288-3519 or george@abbemuseum.org.

February 18th from 10 am - 12 pm
Winter in the Dawnland Storytelling and Craft Activity with Museum Educator George Neptune, Passamaquoddy


For the third program in the Winter in the Dawnland series, hear stories about the first treaties to be made in the Dawnland. Registration required, space limited. Recommended for families. To register, contact George at (207) 288-3519 or george@abbemuseum.org.

February 19th from 12 - 1 pm
Coming Home Brown Bag Lunch Series with Jennifer Neptune, Penobscot


In our first Brown Bag Lunch of the 2015 series, join us as Penobscot beadworker Jennifer Neptune discusses and demonstrates her work replicating an historic Penobscot Chief's collar. Free and open to the public.

Learn more about our February Programs.

Monday, February 2, 2015

New Membership Program for 2015

The current membership program and structure will see a much needed reboot in time for the 2015 summer season. Specific goals of the overhaul include offering more member only events and experiences, a simpler membership level structure, and more options for the seasonal visitor. Stay tuned!