Betty Schopmeyer, education director at the Penobscot Marine Museum of Searsport, will present a slide talk and artifact display titled Maine and the Oriental Trade Tuesday, June 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.

The sea captains of 19th-century Searsport were like other travelers in that they collected souvenirs. The slide talk will explore what local ships’ masters brought back from the Orient as gifts to family and friends or as reminders of their voyages. Images will include items from the museum’s Jeremiah Merithew House including a pair of bronze “Fu” dogs that likely guarded the doors of a Chinese temple or palace; elaborately embroidered Chinese kimonos and costumes; children’s toys and games; whimsical wood miniatures of Chinese life; fans and vases; and Japanese and Chinese paintings of people and ships.

Schopmeyer will be joined by PMM program and outreach coordinator Cathy Melio, who will share details of an upcoming four-part workshop series, Inspired by the Oriental Trade, scheduled for July, in which participants will create objects based on artifacts from PMM’s collection of items from China and Japan.

The mission of the Penobscot Marine Museum is to preserve, interpret and celebrate the maritime culture of the Penobscot Bay Region and beyond through collections, education, and community engagement. For more information, visit

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 338-3884, ext. 10.

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