GREENVILLE — The Moosehead Marine Museum recently received a $10,000 grant from the Piscataquis Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to implement educational activities.
The centerpiece of MMM’s collection is the steamboat Katahdin, according to museum executive director Liz McKeil. It draws 7,500 visitors to the region annually to cruise Moosehead Lake and to visit the shoreside museum, which houses an estimated 2000 artifacts, photographs and items of memorabilia from the lake’s steamboating past.
“The grant enables the museum to reach young people through educational activities,” McKeil says. “We are partnering with the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) and the Natural Resources Education Center to create and implement educational field experiences for youth in Piscataquis County. We plan to work directly with area educators to develop hands-on lessons that can be replicated for future groups.”
Dan Rinard, operations director for AMC, was thrilled at the news. “Our Appalachian Mountain Club guides and educators have helped thousands of local schoolchildren explore, enjoy, and learn about the outdoors through our Maine Woods Community Youth and Environment Project, and we’re excited to partner with the Moosehead Marine Museum to help bring those sorts of eye-opening and, often, life-changing experiences to even more young people in our region.”
Tim Obrey, NREC board president, agrees. “This is a terrific opportunity for the youth participating in NREC’s Maine Woods Explorer program. We have scheduled one of our themed educational weeks to focus on the Kate and the lumbering history which are so important to the cultural heritage of the Moosehead Lake region. There is no better classroom than the Moosehead Marine Museum and a ride on the Steamship Katahdin.”
The Moosehead Marine Museum’s mission is to preserve and operate the Katahdin as a “living museum” for the benefit of our community, region, and future generations. For more information please visit www.katahdincruises.com.
Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club is America’s oldest conservation and recreation organization. With more than 100,000 members, advocates, and supporters in the Northeast and beyond, the nonprofit AMC promotes the protection, enjoyment, and stewardship of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of the Appalachian region. The AMC supports natural resource conservation while encouraging responsible recreation, based on the philosophy that successful, long-term conservation depends upon first-hand enjoyment of the natural environment. More information is available at www.outdoors.org.
The Maine Community Foundation is a statewide nonprofit that works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. The community foundation is committed to serve all of Maine; demonstrate respect for people and places; achieve quality and integrity in everything we do; and remain nonpartisan.