Kevin Johnson, photo archivist for the Penobscot Marine Museum of Searsport, will give a presentation titled Waldo County Through Eastern’s Eye Thursday, Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Searsmont Community Building, intersection of routes 131 and 173.

The program is sponsored by the Searsmont Historical Society in conjunction with the Searsmont Town Library. Currently on display at the library is a collection of large photographs selected from the archives of the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company of Belfast, Maine, founded in 1909. Eastern Illustrating produced postcards based on photographs of small towns and rural areas, depicting common scenes and events in Maine during the early decades of the 20th century.

Johnson will present additional slides of Waldo County and discuss the history of Eastern Illustrating Co. during the free, public slide talk.

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