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John James Audubon in Dennysville

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POSTPONED TO NEXT TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, AT 7 P.M.: John James Audubon, The Man and His Art, will be featured in a presentation at the Lincoln Memorial Library in Dennysville originally scheduled for this week, August 26, has been rescheduled to the following Tuesday, September 2, at seven p.m. This noted American ornithologist visited Eastern Maine with his family in the fall of 1832, recording in his Journal that they stayed with “the hospitable Judge Lincoln of Dennysville.” Dennys River Historical Society Curator Melinda Jaques, who with her husband now occupy the Lincoln House, will be discussing his stay down east in light of his life long work to record and publish “The Birds of America.” While here, he completed several paintings later included in this multi-volume compendium, among them the Spruce Grouse. The following spring, the Judge’s son, young Thomas Lincoln, accompanied Audubon on a chartered schooner, the Ripley, out of Eastport, to the coast of Labrador where he assisted in collecting a great variety of birds, including an elusive new species, named the Lincoln Sparrow in his honor.
Audubon’s work has been justly celebrated for the realism with which he portrayed native birds in their own natural habitat. Though little recognized in his own time, his hand-colored engravings published in both an elephant folio, and later in a smaller edition, have become highly prized and much sought after.
Tuesday evening’s presentation at the Library in Dennysville will begin at seven o’clock, and is free to the public. More information is available from the Dennys River Historical Society at drhs@myfairpoint.net, or by calling the Library at 726-4750.