Woodlawn to offer a Summer Lecture Series

Posted July 09, 2012, at 12:58 p.m.

Saturday, July 14, 2012 4 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Woodlawn, 19 Black House Drive (off Surry Road), Ellsworth, Maine

For more information: Woodlawn ; 207-667-8671;

ELLSWORTH: Woodlawn is delighted to offer a Summer Lecture Series. From Maine fishing history to gardening history, ceramics, clocks and photography, the series will cover a wide range of interests. The lectures are scheduled on Thursday afternoons at 4 pm on July 12th and 26th, and August 2nd, 9th, and 23rd.

College of the Atlantic professor Todd Little-Siebold will begin the series with a talk entitled “Making a Living from the Sea? – Histories of Downeast Fisheries.” The talk, scheduled on Thursday, July 12th at 4 pm, will explore how nineteenth century fisheries evolved as a part of a broader regional economy in which specialization and technological change slowly shifted how people fished. The history of the region’s fisheries is a contentious matter. As people discuss the future of fisheries they often refer to “the way things used to be.” Taking a long term view of the place of fisheries in the local economy this lecture will provide some historical grounding and anecdotes to explore what fisheries looked like and how they shaped local communities. Using the examples of the cod fishery in Frenchmen’s Bay and a discussion of herring fisheries the discussion will examine monumental shifts that took place as fisheries changed in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

On Thursday, July 26th at 4 pm, independent curator Laura Fecych Sprague will give a presentation on “Dining at Woodlawn in the 1830s: Pottery and Porcelain Tablewares.” The talk will focus on early 19th century dining with a focus on Woodlawn’s pottery and porcelain. Participants will have a rare opportunity to see Woodlawn’s exquisite china collection up close and period tablewares.

On Thursday, August 2nd at 4 pm, Val Libby will focus on the story behind women’s efforts to earn a living through gardening and farming in the 1900s in Europe and America with her lecture entitled “From Bloomers to Blooms: The Story of Women’s Gardening Schools.”

On Thursday, August 9th at 4 pm, Walter Smalling will speak about his experience as a preservationist photographer. For 25 years, he has specialized in architectural photography for architects, designers, book publishers, corporations, magazines, and museums. He has published 14 books, primarily on architecture specializing in historic preservation.

Finally, on Thursday, August 23rd at 4 pm, Peter Rioux from Peter Rioux Clock Service in Winterport, will discuss antique clocks and how to care for them.

Woodlawn’s Summer Lectures Series is free of charge. However, donations to help Woodlawn develop more programs will be greatly appreciated. Please call Woodlawn at 667-8671 or email to reserve a seat.

Woodlawn is an educational, cultural, and recreational treasure for the people of Downeast ME. The main house is open for tours through October 31st. The public park is open year round, sunrise to sunset. 19 Black House Drive (Surry Road), Ellsworth, ME. For more information visit