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Talk and Book Signing for 1816: The Year That Summer Never Came, at Penobscot Marine Museum

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1816: The Year That Summer Never Came by Mayra Donnell

1816 is called “The Year Without A Summer”. During that summer wild temperature swings produced snow and frost which killed crops and caused famines and food shortages world-wide. On Saturday, August 23rd at 2:00 pm,
Penobscot Marine Museum hosts author Mayra Donnell, who will talk about her children’s book 1816: The Year That Summer Never Came. Donnell’s novel tells the story of a young girl who records in her diary what Maine life was like in the bizarre weather of the year 1816, with ice and frozen apple blossoms in May and a snow storm in June. Learn the true story of the massive volcano eruption which most scientist now believe caused the year of unusual weather. This talk and book signing is in Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine. Admission is free.

Penobscot Marine Museum, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine is an historic seaport village which entertains the whole family with fun hands-on activities, a beautifully furnished ship captain’s house, stunning displays of scrimshaw and marine paintings, E.B. White’s sail boat and much more. The Museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday noon to 5:00 pm, May 24th through October 19th. For more information on Museum events, exhibits and programs, go to or call 207-548-2529 or 0334.