Cipperly Good, curator and collections manager at the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, will offer a free public presentation titled Globalization is not new: Maine’s merchant marine in 19th-century world trade Friday, Feb. 2, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave./Route 3.

Primary source material, artifacts and images from the Penobscot Marine Museum were used to track the Maine merchant marine in the global market when Downeast mariners were global shippers. Maine's location in the far Northeast United States served as the perfect point of departure for sailing merchant ships, pushed by the prevailing westerly winds and the flow of the Gulf Stream to trade ports in Europe and beyond. Its location, coupled with rich timber reserves for shipbuilding and a workforce adept at navigating, captaining and crewing the large cargo ships known as downeasters, made Maine ships and crew dominate in global shipping during the last half of the 19th century.

According to Good, it is said that a Maine merchant marine family was as likely to see their neighbors in far off Canton, China, as back home in Searsport. Good holds a bachelor’s degree from Colby College, where she majored in history and American studies. She spent her junior year in the Williams College-Mystic Seaport Maritime Studies Program, which sparked her career in maritime history and maritime museums. She also holds a master’s degree in museum studies from George Washington University.

As the curator and collections manager at the Penobscot Marine Museum, Good oversees the object, archive and library collections. Prior to working at Penobscot Marine Museum, she taught maritime history for the Ocean Classroom-Proctor Academy and worked as a curator at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum and Falmouth (Mass.) Historical Society.

For more information about the lecture or to request a disability accommodation, contact Nancy Bergerson at 338-8049.

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