November 25, 2017
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Student-designed museum exhibit to open

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SEARSPORT, Maine — A Penobscot Marine Museum exhibit designed by the sophomore class of Searsport District High School will be open 5-6 p.m. Thursday, May 22, in the Merithew House on Church Street in Searsport.

This exhibit is composed of nine sea captain chests which contain specific artifacts showing the different aspects of the impact the Penobscot Bay has on the Midcoast Region. These aspects include marine art, the granite industry, lumbering, fisheries, the Penobscot Nation, life at sea, navigation, ship building, and Far East trade.

As part of Searsport District High School’s project based learning program, students partnered with Penobscot Marine Museum to help design new exhibits. From start to finish, the design process has been student-led and teacher-assisted: not only did students have to select several artifacts from the museum collection, but a modern artifact also had to be chosen from within the midcoast community. This project teaches students real-life skills, such as how to use libraries to do research and to communicate with adults.