“Then and Now,” an exhibit of historic photography and new student photographs of Searsport and environs, will run Friday through Sunday, May 21 through 23, at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery on Route 1. An opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, May 20 at 6 p.m.

The exhibit pairs historic photos from the museum’s photographic archives with new photos of the same scenes taken by students at Searsport District High School and Searsport District Middle School. Subjects include schools, parks, churches, waterfronts and other well-known locations in Searsport, Frankfort, Stockton Springs and Swanville. Students studied the old photographs; interviewed longtime area residents to collect oral histories of the scenes; and composed their photos to show how the settings have changed over the years.

Students also are working on a multimedia slideshow, which will be posted on the museum’s Web site when complete. The project has been jointly mentored by SDHS literacy teacher and ethnographer Leslie Gregory and the museum’s photo archivist, Kevin Johnson.

The exhibit may be viewed between 2 and 5 p.m. daily during the three-day run. Student photographers will be on hand during the opening reception to discuss their work, and refreshments will be served. Both the exhibit and the reception are free.

Penobscot Marine Museum maintains nationally significant collections of marine art and artifacts, ship models, historic photographs, and the largest display of historic small craft in Maine. Founded in 1936, it is Maine’s oldest maritime museum. Housed in 13 historic buildings, including ship captains’ homes, an early town hall and two boat houses, the campus represents a bustling coastal village during the Age of Sail. Activities and exhibits for children and a busy schedule of year-round programs make it a special place for family visits.

For more information, call 548-2529 or visit penobscotmarinemuseum.org.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.