Summer Folk lecture series continues

Jul 31, 2012
All are ready for a cruise on the steam launch Isabel, moored near the steamship wharf in Belfast harbor. Circa 1900. (Courtesy of the Belfast Historical Society and Museum)

This summer the Belfast Free Library is hosting a lecture series in conjunction with the summer exhibit at Penobscot Marine Museum, “Summer Folk: the Tourists of Penobscot Bay.” The lectures will take place in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library at 6:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

The series continues Tuesday, Aug. 7, when Megan Pinette from the Belfast Historical Society and Museum will offer a slide show and talk, “Belfast by the Sea, Summer Visitors.”

At the turn of the century, easy access to trains, stagecoaches and steamships brought many vacationers to Belfast each summer. Steamships made daily runs up the coast of Maine, dropping off summer people at destinations like Belfast along the way. The Maine Central Railroad trains arrived and departed from Belfast twice a day. Many came for a relaxing summer sojourn and to enjoy the sea air, others returned to their hometown to visit with family or old friends. This illustrated talk will explore what was here to entice the visitors and the activities they enjoyed while here.

Also on display through August in the library’s Kramer Gallery is the exhibit "Greetings From Vacationland: The Postcard View," selections from the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co. Collection, Penobscot Marine Museum, with captions researched and written by Liz Fitzsimmons. This exhibit, a companion to the “Postcard View” exhibit at the Penobscot Marine Museum, portrays images of how the summer folk of the past enjoyed the many things to do in Waldo County. The exhibit at the Penobscot Marine Museum includes images of all of Penobscot Bay.

Maine's oldest maritime museum, Penobscot Marine Museum is celebrating the history of tourism with the exhibit "Summer Folk: The Tourists of Penobscot Bay," through October 21. More information is at www.SummerFolkMaine.com and www.PenobscotMarineMuseum.org, or call 548-2529.

For more information about the Belfast Free Library lecture series, call 338-3884, ext 10.

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