Penobscot Marine Museum of Searsport, a museum committed to preserving and interpreting Midcoast maritime heritage, for 75 years has preserved the history of the industries that have and will continue to sustain local communities. This spring, it has joined with Belfast Senior College, a school that for 10 years has engaged and taught seniors in these communities, for a six-week celebration of Penobscot Bay’s historic and ongoing connection to the sea.

The course, which will begin Thursday, March 31, also will explore the past, present and future of these two organizations. Penobscot Marine Museum will lead students through a colorful examination of the role that the towns ringing the bay have played in the maritime history of the nation, while Belfast Senior College will bring together those who want to learn about this experience.

Thanks to experienced and knowledgeable instructors from the museum and the eager learners of Senior College, the course will be a mix of lecture, a behind-the-scene tour of the Penobscot Museum’s permanent exhibits and much of what the general public never sees, shows under construction, store houses filled with nautical treasures, photo workshops, manuscript archives and more.

For more information about Celebrating the Maritime Heritage of Penobscot Bay and Beyond call Belfast Senior College at 338-8033 or visit to sign up for the course. Classes will take place at the University of Maine’s Hutchison Center on Route 3.

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