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2-5 p.m.
Weds. & Suns.
July & August

Blacksmithing - Joe Meltreder, Bagaduce Forge
Blacksmith Shop, Perkins Street 

2-5 p.m.
Weds. & Suns.
July & August 

Woodturning - Temple Blackwood, Highlands Woodturning 
Education Center, 112 Perkins Street





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Tuesday, January 26

6:30 p.m.
Traditional Nautical Ropework: Worming, Parceling & Serving,
Hugh Lane
Hutchins Education Center, 112 Perkins Street


Thursday, January 28

10 - 11 a.m.
Terrific Thursdays for Tots: The Mitten
Hutchins Education Center, 112 Perkins Street





Demonstrations -


blacksmith Joe



Joe Meltreder returns this summer to demonstrate the tools and techniques of his trade each Wednesday and Sunday from 2-5 p.m. during July and August.   











Temple Blackwood, a local woodturner with four decades of commercial woodturning and teaching experience, will demonstrate his craft on Wednesdays and Sundays from 2-5 p.m. in July and August.










Events -



Traditional Nautical Ropework: Worming, Parceling & Serving

Hugh LaneDoes winter have you tied up in knots? Let a program of traditional nautical ropework help reduce your winter blues. Hugh Lane will present Worming, Parceling & Serving on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 6:30 p.m. at the Hutchins Education Center. Along with learning about techniques used in rigging sailing ships, the audience will have the opportunity to try their hands at creating a turk's head bracelet. There will also be an array of sailors' gear such as sea chest, ditty bag and rigging tools for discussion.

Hugh Lane is a licensed captain and woodworker who has honed his skills in a variety of settings including as Curator of Maritime Exhibits and Captain of the Maryland Dove at Historic St. Mary's City; as Bosun on the education vessel Te Vega on an Atlantic crossing with 29 learning disabled students; as Education Coordinator at the Penobscot Marine Museum; and currently, as owner/operator of a shop where he creates exhibits for area museums, replica furniture, carved signs and figureheads. He and his wife live in Rockport in a post and beam house they designed and built themselves.

The program is free and open to the public and is suitable for all ages. 



Terrific Thursdays for Tots: The Mitten

mittensIt's the time of year for mittens, and SOMETIMES children have a hard time keeping those mittens on! Preschool children (and their adults) are invited to the Wilson Museum on January 28, 2016 from 10 to 11 a.m. to hear the story of The Mitten by Jan Brett, and find out what strange things happen to mittens that get lost. Following a read-aloud of this Ukrainian folktale, children will work on a craft project to illustrate the story.

This program is the first in a series of programs for children ages 1 - 5 offered every 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month through May. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All Terrific Thursdays for Tots will be held at the Hutchins Education Center and will be free of charge.



Youth Cooking Course

Castine Arts Association and the Wilson Museum present a series of Youth Cooking Classes for grades 5 through high school. Students are invited to participate in this hands-on cooking course with guest instructors: food columnist Harry Kaiserian, local chefs Kelly Sawyer and Nancy Watson, and Wilson Museum educator Grace Tarr. All sessions are from 3 to 6 p.m. on the following dates:

Tuesday,  February 9
 Asian Fusion
Tuesday,  March 1
Tuesday,  March 22
 Phun Pholding Philo
Tuesday,  April 12
Tuesday,  May 3
Friday,  May 6
 Dinner with Guests

Harry Kaiserian
Fee for this class is $40. Preregistration required.

NOTE: This class is now FULL.



Terrific Thursdays for Tots: George Washington's Teeth

George WashingtonHave you ever seen a smiling picture of George Washington showing his teeth? No? Preschool children and their adults are invited to the Wilson Museum's Hutchins Education Center on Thursday, February 11th from 10 - 11 a.m. to find out why. Education Team member Valerie Messana will read the story George Washington's Teeth, by Deborah Chandra & Madeleine Comora, followed by a fun make and take craft project that will show George Washington's smile!

This program is part of a series of programs for children ages 1 - 5 offered every 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month through May. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All Terrific Thursdays for Tots programs are held at the Hutchins Education Center and are free of charge.



Blue Hill Heritage Trust: 30 Years of Land Conservation

Blue Hill Heritage TrustThe 2014 merger of The Conservation Trust of Brooksville, Castine and Penobscot (TCT) into the Blue Hill Heritage Trust (BHHT) will be highlighted in a talk on the 30 year history of the Blue Hill Heritage Trust by Chrissy Beardsley Allen on Tuesday, February 23rd at 3 p.m. in the Wilson Museum's Hutchins Education Center. TCT, founded in 1978 as the Castine Conservation Trust, was one of the first local land trusts to exist in Maine. In 2014, fifteen of its 34 properties were merged with BHHT, the remainder were transferred to Maine Coast Heritage Trust. Blue Hill Heritage Trust's mission is to conserve, in perpetuity, land and water resources that support the long-term health and well-being of the natural and human communities on the Blue Hill Peninsula. Chrissy will discuss BHHT's history, outreach efforts, and strategic plan for moving forward leaving time for questions and answers.

Chrissy Beardsley Allen is the Outreach and Development coordinator for the BHHT. A native of the peninsula, Chrissy grew up on King Hill Farm in Penobscot and spent her summers exploring the forests and beaches on her family's land on Weymouth Point in Surry. She is passionate about preserving the local places of Maine for generations to come.

The program is free and open to the public.



Young Docents' Program

Docent Grace TarrDo you love history and museums? Are you passionate about communicating what you know to others? Do you want to refine your public speaking skills? Come explore what it takes to be a museum docent!

The Wilson Museum is offering a free Young Docents' Program for up to 10 students, ages 12 - 18, which will take place in six-sessions: Thursdays, May 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9, (3:30 - 5 p.m.) and culminate with presentations at the Wilson Museum's annual Members' Reception on Friday, June 17 (5 - 7 p.m.). Because the Museum provides a diverse array of displays, the collection is perfectly suited to inspire youth of all interests. Students will meet the Wilson Museum staff, tour behind the scenes, work with other passionate students to refine their research and presentation skills. Those wishing to apply should be eager to learn public speaking, be capable writers, be ready to give and receive productive criticism, and be willing to work collaboratively with Museum staff and fellow participants.

The course has been developed by the Wilson Museum's Education Team and will be taught by Team member Grace Tarr who has 13 years of docent experience.

Application deadline is April 4, 2016. Click here for an application form and here for Mentor Recommendation form.



Maja Trivia

Tournament Judges for Maja Trivia 2014It's tournament time! The fourth year of Maja Trivia, a game celebrating the rich history of the region once known as Majabigwaduce, now the towns of Brooksville, Castine, and Penobscot, is drawing to an exciting conclusion. Throughout the school year, 5th - 8th grade students from Penobscot Community School, Brooksville Elementary School, and Castine's Adams School have been playing Maja Trivia practice rounds. Beginning May 13th, the students will put their knowledge to the ultimate test.

Each school will compete in a semi-final competition, consisting of two rounds, sponsored by the town's respective historical society. Four finalists and two alternates from each school will move on to compete at the Wilson Museum on Wednesday, June 1st to determine the Maja Trivia champion! Join us for all four competitions, support the students, and learn about the intriguing and often colorful histories of the three towns. Here is the complete schedule:

May 13
12 - 2 p.m.
 Castine Semi-Final Rounds
 Castine Historical Society's Mitchell Room, Castine

May 17
9:30 -11 a.m.

 Brooksville Semi-Final Rounds
 Brooksville Elementary School, Brooksville

May 18
12 - 2 p.m.

 Penobscot Semi-Final Rounds
 Penobscot Community School, Penobscot

June 1
10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

 Tournament of Champions
 Wilson Museum, Hutchins Education Center
 112 Perkins Street, Castine









Maja Trivia was developed by the Wilson Museum in collaboration with the Castine, Brooksville, and Penobscot Historical Societies.




Fireside Cooking 

Ellenore Tarr fireside cookingAs you punch in the seconds on the microwave oven in your twenty-first century kitchen, have you ever wondered how our ancestors cooked in large open fireplaces and what kinds of foods they prepared?  The kitchen of the John Perkins House will be the venue for such wonder when fireside cooking is demonstrated on: July 6th, July 27th, August 10th, and August 24th, from 2-5 p.m.   The John Perkins House is located at 120 Perkins Street in Castine and is part of the Wilson Museum campus.  Guided tours of the John Perkins House begin on the hour and are $5 per person; tour visitors may enjoy some tasty morsels from the day's fare.





1690s Living History Encampment 

1690s encampmentExperience the sights, smells, and sounds of Penobscot Bay's storied past at the Wilson Museum on Wednesday, July 13th and Thursday, July 14th.  In honor of Bastille Day, Ken Hamilton and a team of re-enactors will eat, sleep and live as though it's the 1690s, recreating a French and Native American encampment on the Museum's picturesque grounds overlooking Castine Harbor.  This type of gathering was common during King William's War when French and Native forces frequently coordinated at Pentagoet in Castine awaiting French supply ships.  This living history demonstration will include 17th century equipment, clothing reproductions and an informal discussion on the history and culture of the period.

Ken Hamilton has been speaking and performing at Powwows and schools for many years, and he has also appeared in documentaries on the History Channel.  He is well-versed in the field of Native American cultural studies, focusing on the Eastern Woodland Nations of the 17th and 18th centuries.

The program is free and open to the public. 






Concert: Castine Town Band 

Castine Town Band drumThe picturesque grounds of the Wilson Museum on Perkins Street, on the shore of Castine Harbor, will be the location of an outdoor concert by the Castine Town Band, Friday, July 29th, at 6 p.m. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy this free concert!

In the late nineteenth century Castine's Town Band was a proud contributor to patriotic events and summer evening entertainments. Revived in 1998 by a group of like-minded musicians, by 2004, the Band was recognized as one of the top four municipal bands in Maine. Membership in the Band is open to players of all ages and talent. It is a fine blend of locals, retirees and summer people who have a common interest - playing in the Town Band.

As an agent for connecting the past to the present, the Museum is proud to host an annual Castine Town Band concert.

In case of rain, concert will be at Emerson Hall, Court Street.





Open: May 27 - September 30
Weekdays 10 am - 5 pm, Saturday & Sunday 2 - 5 pm
John Perkins House Bullet The Village Blacksmith Bullet Woodshop
July - August, Wednesday & Sunday, 2 - 5 pm
Group visits can be arranged by appointment.
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