CAMDEN, Maine — The Camden Public Library will celebrate the seafaring heritage, history and culture of the midcoast during April, which is Maritime Month. The celebration will include an exhibit of historical photos provided by the Penobscot Marine Museum, speakers, authors, music of the sea, poetry of the sea and maritime paintings.
The library and the Penobscot Marine Museum will present two slide shows of historic photos to accompany the photography exhibit. On Tuesday, April 7, Jerry Kaplan will present “Carroll Thayer Berry, Photographer,” a look at Camden and the waterfront 50 years ago, including pictures of the schooner fleet that operated out of Camden and scenes of the working fishermen in Rockport.
On Thursday, April 9, Ben Fuller will present “The Atlantic Fisherman Collection,” culled from the hundreds of photos from the Atlantic Fisherman in the Penobscot Marine Museum’s collection. The photos look at fishing on the Maine-Massachusetts coast in the first 50 years after the motor supplanted sail in fishing. Fuller has served as the curator for the Penobscot Marine Museum since 2003.
The Penobscot Marine Museum is also co-host to an appearance by Maine author Colin Woodard, speaking on “The Lobster Coast: The Past, Present, and Future of Coastal Maine” on Tuesday, April 28. The talk covers the historical events that have shaped the coast, its people, and the current debates about its future (sprawl, development, property taxes and cultural challenges).
The library also will hold a free showing of the new movie “Islander,” filmed on Vinalhaven, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14.
For children’s events, the library will hold a Maritime Vacation Week Camp with a touch tank and a program on sardines from the Penobscot Marine Museum. There will be a children’s art walk on Saturday, April 25, based on Chris Van Dusen’s “Down to the Sea with Mr. McGee.”
Robert Webb, former curator of the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, will speak on “Painted Ships on Painted Seas” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, followed by a tour of the library’s Parker Morse Hooper collection in the library’s Reading Room.
For information, visit www.librarycamden.org.