Maine State Representative James S. Gillway (R-Searsport) presented the state’s official congratulations to Penobscot Marine Museum on Saturday, July 23, during a celebration of the museum’s 75th anniversary. Accepting the document from Gillway was the museum’s executive director, Liz Lodge. The presentation took place at noon on Penobscot Bay Day, the museum’s free, all-day “birthday party” that also included music, tours, demonstrations and crafts projects.

Introduced by Gillway and co-sponsored by Sen. Michael D. Thibodeau (R-Waldo County), the proclamation reads, in part, “The museum, known for being ‘where Maine and the sea make history,’ is celebrating the anniversary with music and crafts and a featured exhibit of 75 of the most important valuable, beautiful, rare and interesting items from the museum’s vast collections. We extend our congratulations to the Penobscot Marine Museum on this important celebration of its history and we send our best wishes for its continued success.” The official statement was made “on behalf of the 125th Legislature and the people of the State of Maine.”

“We’re grateful to Representative Gillway for sponsoring this official recognition of the museum’s important role in preserving Maine’s maritime history,” said Lodge. “We’re delighted that he could be here to present it in person and help us celebrate our 75th anniversary.”

Another highlight of Penobscot Bay Day was the grand opening of the Seabag Visible Storage Center, a new display that serves as both an exhibit and a research facility. Described as a cross between artifact storage and a formal exhibit, “Seabag” is designed to allow items to be frequently replaced and make more of them available to public inspection. On-site computer access to the museum’s object database allows users to look up details on any artifact. Until further notice, Seabag’s hours are subject to staffing availability. FMI, contact the Admission Center to confirm times and dates at 207-548-0334.

Penobscot Marine Museum is located at 40 E. Main St. (U.S. Route 1) in Searsport, between Camden, Bangor, and Bar Harbor. FMI, call 207-548-2529 or visit www.PenobscotMarineMuseum.org.