Children learn about Maine and maritime history while having fun with a variety of crafts, stories, games and other activities in HistoryCrafts, a new series of programs at the downtown Penobscot Marine Museum. Visitors can drop in for a different program every Wednesday and Friday through Aug. 17, any time between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The programs are free with museum admission; and free to all teachers and librarians with valid identification.

Each HistoryCrafts session features a different historical subject with a variety of crafts and learning activities for children from 4- to 10-years-old. The programs were developed for use in the Maritime History and Literacy Curriculum, which the museum offers to Maine schools in a variety of formats. Museum educators will be on hand during HistoryCrafts sessions to talk with teachers and librarians about the curriculum and to display and explain the History Kits from which each program is taken.

Scheduled session topics are: July 13, Fairy Houses; July 18, Lobsters; July 20, Three Penny Boats; July 25, Native Americans; July 27, Rocks and Paper!; Aug. 1, China; Aug. 3, Fish Printing; Aug. 8, Post Cards; Aug. 10,  Compasses; Aug. 15, Sailors’ Valentines; and Aug. 17, Signal Flags. For more information, call 584-2529 or visit

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