Searsport's Carver Memorial Library To Host: The Colcords: A Nineteenth-Century Seafaring Family

Arts & Entertainment
Carver Memorial Library
12 Union Street, Searsport, Maine
Aug 26, 2014
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Carver Memorial Library in Searsport will host The Colcords: A Nineteenth-Century Seafaring Family, an exhibit of two-and three-dimensional pieces created by Belfast artist, Beth Henderson,  August 11 through September 13, 2014.


A special presentation by Searsport Historian and teacher, Charlene Knox Farris, will accompany the exhibit on Tuesday, August 26th at 6:30pm.


The exhibit illustrates the travel routes, wares, and shipboard activities of the four ships on which the Colcords sailed from Maine to Hong Kong. Featured are sculptures of the two Colcord children, Joanna and young Lincoln, who traveled with their parents, Lincoln A and Jane Sweetser Colcord, throughout their youth. Henderson used her unique "altered book" style to create these sculptures, working with book pages to develop the features. In this case, she used Parker Bishop Alee's, Letters from the Sea, 1882-1901: Joanna and Lincoln Colcord's Seafaring Childhood. The book was an important research tool for the artist.


Henderson's sculptures create a vivid picture of life onboard the ships, illustrating how the Colcord family educated and entertained themselves. Also included are photographs of the Colcord family and their home in Searsport from the Penobscot Marine Museum's collection.


Henderson, a retired educator, completed the Penobscot Bay Stewards Program in 2013. She developed this visual recreation of the lives of Searsport's well-known seafaring family as a fulfillment of the program's follow-up volunteer expectation. In her own words, "The creation of this exhibit was a totally enjoyable venture back to a bygone age, sailing on the waters of our wonderful Penobscot Bay. My appreciation of this great body of water, which connected the Colcords to the entirety of the world, from Portland to Hong Kong, still holds the same opportunities for today's mariners. The care and preservation of this heritage, its precious waters and its people, are vital to the focus of the Steward's program."


To accompany the exhibit, Charlene Knox Farris, Searsport Historian and teacher, will give a talk and slide presentation concerning Lincoln and Joanna Colcord on Tuesday, August 26th at 6:30 pm . Farris will discuss family life at home and at sea during the Age of Sail that the Colcords represented, and the effect that the coming of the Age of Steam had on their way of life.


Carver Memorial Library is located at 12 Union Street in Searsport, Maine. All library events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Carver Library at 207-548-2303 or Website: