May 20, 2018
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Portland, Bath museums merge to preserve maritime stories

PORTLAND and BATH, Maine — Portland Harbor Museum has merged with Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, ensuring that the collections of the Portland museum are preserved and the city’s maritime stories continue to be told.

Officially the merger took place June 1, and the transfer of artifacts and other parts of the collection will be completed by late July. Mark Thompson, who has been executive director for Portland Harbor Museum for the past five years, has accepted the position of regional director for southern Maine with Maine Maritime Museum.

“It is a rare occurrence in the nonprofit world when a museum seeks out another museum to entrust with its collections to ensure those historical treasures are well cared for,” said Amy Lent, executive director of Maine Maritime Museum.

Although Portland Harbor Museum’s physical space is closed, programming activities in Portland will continue with events scheduled in several locations throughout the next several months. Events will include, a guided tour of Fort Scammell on Aug. 8; a book discussion by noted maritime novelist James L. Nelson on Aug. 27; a lecture about maritime disasters by Chester Hopkins, former vice president of Marine and Terminal Operations for French Line; and the annual ChowderFest on Oct. 1.

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