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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 -



Home & Away - Monthly Homeschool Program

Home School Reception 2018If you are a homeschool family looking to bolster your lessons and make new connections, the Wilson Museum's free monthly Home & Away program is for you. During our sessions, we draw upon the Museum's world-wide collection and local history as well as the strength and support of our community's educational resources, all the while enjoying the natural beauty of Castine.

Our homeschool sessions are scheduled for the second Friday of every month, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., through and including April. Sessions generally have two parts: one part for "in-the-classroom" Maine History (structured into groups for varying learning levels) hosted in the inspiring Hutchins Education Center and one part for a local field trip. The two sections will be separated by a break for lunch. Please be prepared with your own lunch and weather appropriate clothing. Sessions may vary and may not always follow this format. All ages are welcome.

Please help us best serve you by letting us know EACH MONTH if you are planning to attend by calling 207-326-9247 or emailing info@wilsonmuseum.org. Information on this program is also available on our Home & Away event page on Facebook. Feel free to share the information on this program with other homeschool families.

For more information on the education programs offered through the Wilson Museum, click HERE.

While school is out for summer, keep the education flowing by attending our summer offerings. Check our Calendar of Events often as programs are added throughout the summer. From tours of the Perkins House and the Museum's main hall, as well as hands-on activities, the Wilson Museum has alot to offer!




Bead It - Just Bead It
Native American-Style Bead Embroidery and Flatwork Beading Workshop

beadwork medallionDoes the gray of winter weather have you feeling all strung out? Surround yourself with color during our multi-day Native American-style beading workshop with local artis Rob Kufrovich (aka Mr. K). Across three afternoons, guests will be able to make their own creation while learning bead embroidery and flatwork beading.

This beading workshop for ages 10 and up will be held February 5, 7, and 8 from 3 - 5 p.m. each day in the Wilson Museum's Hutchins Education Center. The cost for the three-day workshop is $35 per person which includes a beading kit with everything you'll need. What a great pre-Valentine's Day mother-daughter experience this could be!

Rob Kufrovich is an artist and has been serving as a Special Education Technician at the Adams School in Castine for the past six year. In the 1980s, Mr. K worked as an underground mining geologist where many of his co-workers were from the Laguna-Acoma, Zuni, and Navajo tribes. From these co-workers he developed his love of Native American-style beadwork.

Space is limited to 10 participants.



heartMen's Club Whale of a Valentine's Meeting
(Men's Club Members Only)

A special meeting and a special venue, the February meeting of the Castine Men's Club will be sponsored by the Wilson Museum and hosted at the Hutchins Education Center on Wednesday, February 13th. The evening will feature a delightful menu prepared by the Adams School Calvineers, a student club. It's also a celebration of Valentine's Day so the ladies are invited.

heartNot only will the Adams School Calvineers prepare the meal, but they will also inform the group about Calvin, a North Atlantic right whale and speak about their upcoming trip to Barcelona, Spain, where they will be attending the international meeting of 2 groups: the 23rd Biennial Marine Mammal Conference and the European Cetacean Society. Teacher Bill McWeeny has been involved with Right Whale research for over 36 years and he and the Calvineers will share their enthusiasm and research on the right whale.

The social hour will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and dinner will be served promptly at 6:30. There will be no bar but BYOB can be accommodated. The cost is $25 per person and the menu will feature: garden salad, a variety of sauces and hot pasta, garlic bread, dessert, iced tea or coffee. Reservations are required and must be made no later than noon on Sunday, February 10th by calling the Museum at 326-9247. Alternatively you can e-mail your reservations to info@wilsonmuseum.org.

Please make your dinner reservation NOW since the Education Center only seats 40!




Life Was Better at the Lake - February Vacation Day-Camp

Wilson Museum's Swiss Lake Dweller DioramaTake the old Maine saying"life is better at the lake" and throw in some time-travel back to 5000 BCE to get a sense of the Wilson Museum's 2019 February Vacation Day-Camp for grade 1 - 8, running from Tuesday, February 19, through Friday, February 22 (8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.) at the Hutchins Education Center.

This year's camp is inspired by the Museum's diorama and exhibit on the Swiss Lake Dwellers, a people who lived 7,000 years ago and were just beginning to add agriculture to their hunter-gatherer lifestyle. Students will learn such things as what the Lake Dwellers ate, how food was preserved, and the importance of fire. Activities and hands-on projects will take place both inside and outside, so bring weather appropriate clothing. Snacks related to the lake dweller life-style will be provided by the Museum; please plan to bring your own lunch.

As always, parents are invited to attend and participate. Cost per child to attend Life Was Better at the Lake is $15 for all four days or $5 per day for individual days. Space is limited. Be assured of a spot today, by downloading a registration form and returning it with the registration fee. Call 207-326-9247 or email info@wilsonmuseum.org for more information.




Beekeeping with the Castine Garden Club

Sandra BeskeThe Wilson Museum's Hutchins Education Center will be buzzing with activity on Tuesday, March 12 (4 p.m.), for Sandra Beske's talk on bees and beekeeping co-hosted by the Castine Garden Club and the Wilson Museum. Sandra will bring along equipment including an empty hive for interior viewing as she describes what keeps a hive healthy and what plants can be grown to make happy bees. Refreshments following the program will include a sampling of meads made from different nectar sources.

Sandra Beske gained an interest in bees from her beekeeper father when she was a child. She has had her own hives for over 10 years and is a past president of the Tri-County Beekeepers Club headquartered in Orland, an organization with 65-70 current members. Additionally, Sandra teaches a course for new beekeepers.

The program is free and open to the public. Please let Ruth Anne Vagt know you will attend this meeting: 326-9244 or ruvagt@davidson.edu.




My Own Bag, One of a Kind Like Me

sample denim bagThe Castine Woman's Club will meet Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at the Wilson Museum’s Hutchins Education Center. Bring a bag lunch and enjoy each other’s company after a long winter. Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. followed by a short business meeting at noon. At 12:30 p.m. Marjorie Wheeler will present My Own Bag, One of a Kind Like Me about a project in Connecticut to make bags for foster children in the state, Marjorie will show pictures and have examples of the bags that are to be donated to the Department of Children and Families in Connecticut. This may be a project the club or individuals will want to do for foster children in Maine. The bag is simple enough to be made in a day. At the very least, patterns and directions will be available so that participants can make their own designer bags.

Marjorie Wheeler is a retired teacher from Connecticut with degrees in Home Economics and Vocational Education. She is a member of the Handweavers Guilds of America in both Connecticut and Rhode Island as well as a member of the Castine Woman's Club.

This program is open to the public and free of charge.




Maja Trivia

Maja Trivia 2016It's tournament time! The seventh 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, will conclude with a spectacular Tournament of Champions on Wednesday, June 5. 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. Now it's time to test their knowledge!

Each school will compete in a semi-final competition sponsored by the town's respective historical society. Four finalists from each school will move on to compete at the Wilson Museum on June 5 from 9:30 a.m to 1:00 p.m. to determine the Maja Trivia champion!

Competitions are free to attend, so join us for all three semi-finals and the Tournament of Champions. Support the students, and learn about the intriguing and often colorful histories of the three towns. Here is the complete schedule:

May 14
12 - 2 p.m.

Brooksville Semi-Final Rounds
Brooksville Elementary School

May 15
7:30 - 9:30 a.m.  
Castine Semi-Final Rounds
Castine Historical Society's Mitchell Room 
May 16
9 - 11 a.m.  
Penobscot Semi-Final Rounds
Penobscot Community School 
June 5
9:30 a.m. - 1:00 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 Brooksville, Castine, and Penobscot Historical Societies with new categories and questions added each year.




A Spring Garden of Poetry

spring gardenA Spring Garden of Poetry, by Adams School students, for the community, sponsored by Compass Rose Books and Wilson Museum. Come listen, or bring your favorite poem to recite Tuesday, May 21, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Wilson Museum's Hutchins Education Center. This will be a wonderful time to savor the spoken word and revel in the magic of spring and youth. Light refreshments will be served. For more information contact Johanna at Compass Rose Books 326-5034.

This program is free and open to the public.

daffodilI wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

from Daffodils by William Wordsworth




Maine Island Trail

photo from Maine Island Trail AssociationWhen we think of trails in Maine we often think of scenic land trails, but an equally scenic trail, from an entirely different perspective, is the Maine Island Trail. The Castine Woman's Club and the Wilson Museum are pleased to host a talk by Woman's Club member Jennifer St. Lawrence on Tuesday, June 4 (12:30 p.m.) at the Hutchins Education Center. Jennifer will add this 375 mile water trail along the coast of Maine to our mental map. With over 200 islands and mainland sites available for day use and overnight camping, the Maine Island Trail is well worth exploring.

The Maine Island Trail Association, formed in 1988, provides a guide for these sites and sponsors stewardship programs and summer activities for members.

The program is free and open to the public.




Perkins Family Reunion

Perkins House TourCalling all Perkins family descendants! Mark your calendar and make plans to return to your roots this summer at the family homestead on the shores of beautiful Castine Harbor. The Wilson Museum will host a Perkins Family Reunion on Saturday, June 29 from 1 - 4 p.m., at the historic John & Phebe Perkins House at 111 Perkins Street in Castine, Maine. The afternoon's activities will include tours of the historic home with family portraits and memorabilia displayed, cooking demonstrations, unveiling and dedication of the home's National Register of Historic Places plaque, and more. This will be a great opportunity to bring memories, images, and stories to share, as well as a healthy curiosity to learn more about this important Castine family. Keep informed of Perkins Family Reunion plans - call 207-326-9247 or email info@wilsonmuseum.org (Perkins Family Reunion in the subject line) to add your email to our mailing list and receive an invitation to join our Perkins Family Reunion Group on Facebook. Help us spread the word - share this notice with close family and distant relatives.




A Gathering of Traditional Small Boats

rowboatsIt's a boat show!

No, it's a ribbon-cutting!

No, it's a program with speakers!

No, it's a yummy food event!

Actually, it's ALL OF THE ABOVE!

The Downeast Chapter of the Traditional Small Craft Association is pleased to sponsor the dedication of the Wilson Museum's new Antique Boat Exhibit and Boat Shop on July 3, 2019 beginning mid-morning. This will be a great opportunity to see a wide variety of small boats and chat with their knowledgeable and enthusiastic owners.

At 11 a.m. Penobscot Marine Museum Curator, Ben Fuller, will give a talk entitled On Matinicus It's a Double-Ender about small peapods.

The aromas from the outdoor bake oven will entice attendees across the street at noon to sample Museum-made bean-hole beans, pulled pork, blueberry buckle, as well as a variety of smoked fish (mackerel, alewives, or smelt) from the Downeast Salmon Federation's smoker.

Wood ShopAt 2 p.m. take part in the Exhibit and Boat Shop ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony followed by Tom Jackson, Senior Editor for WoodenBoat, giving a talk entitled Modern Small Craft: Building on Tradition about the current use of traditional small craft. Then, to top it off, there will be a showing of the WoodenBoat video The 2015 Small Reach Regatta provided by Small Reach Regatta.

This event is free and open to the public! It's a boat-enthusiast's dream day - don't miss it!




Holbrook Island Boat Tours

Holbrook Island Boat TourMaine Maritime Academy and the Wilson Museum are offering a unique way to visit Holbrook Island. Board the boat, an open launch, provided by MMA on July 9 or July 30 at 9 a.m. to return at 12 noon. A trip will take 45 minutes each way with about an hour to explore ashore. A Holbrook Sanctuary representative will offer a guided tour of the island or visitors may take advantage of swimming, fishing, or hiking along a network of old roads, paths, and animal trails leading visitors through a variety of coastal habitats.

Plan to meet a Museum representative and MMA crew about 15 minutes early (8:45 a.m.) at MMA Waterfront for pre-boarding and safety check. Trips will leave promptly at 9 a.m. Each passenger should provide his/her own personal flotation device for the trip, if possible; a limited number are available through MMA. There is a closed shoe requirement (not just a closed toes but the whole thing!). No sandals or flip-flops allowed. Sneakers are best.

This program is free and open to the public. Due to the popularity of these trips, reservations are a MUST. Deadlines are July 3 for the July 9 trip and July 24 for the July 30 trip. Space is limited and fills quickly - call 207-326-9247 or email info@wilsonmuseum.org. If you need to cancel a reservation, please let us know as soon as possible to allow others the chance to participate in a trip. Children must be accompanied by an adult. There are no "bad weather" dates.





Castine Has Been Invaded

Four Castine invasivesYes, there are invasive plant species lurking in the yards of unsuspecting Castine homeowners. On July 9 at 10 a.m., learn more about these invaders and where they thrive, when the Castine Garden Club and the Wilson Museum co-sponsor an illustrated presentation by University of Maine Cooperative Extension Professor Marjorie Peronto at the Wilson Museum’s Hutchins Education Center. Images taken by Garden Club member Marty Tenney will reveal several of Castine’s invaders and where they have taken root in our midst.

Professor and author Marjorie Peronto is an expert on native and invasive plants in the Northeastern United States. She teaches courses in fruit and vegetable gardening, ecological landscaping, and pruning. She also oversees the popular Downeast Maine Master Gardener program.

This program is free and open to the public.




Fireside Cooking

Baking pie in a dutch oven "This is the way we bake the bread, so early in the morning."

Though it won't be early in the morning, the aroma of baking bread will be a major draw on July 10, July 24, and August 14 from 2 - 5 p.m. at the John & Phebe Perkins House as Fireside Cooking is demonstrated (part of a guided tour) on the hearth. Tour visitors may enjoy some tasty morsels from the day's fare as they learn about the Perkins family and how meals were prepared in the late 1700s and early 1800s. The John & Phebe Perkins House is located at 111 Perkins Street in Castine and is part of the Wilson Museum campus. Guided tours of the Perkins House begin on the hour and are $5 per person. Should you miss our special Fireside Cooking demonstrations you can still tour the Perkins House any Wednesday or Sunday from 2 - 5 p.m. throughout July and August or by appointment.

Also, check out our Outdoor Cooking demonstrations on July 31, August 21, and September 11.




Castine Harbor and Lower Bagaduce River Boat Tours

Castine Harbor TourView Castine from another perspective. Maine Maritime Academy and the Wilson Museum are offering two exciting opportunities to explore Castine Harbor and the lower Bagaduce River. Board an open launch provided by MMA on July 16 or August 6, each beginning at 10 a.m. and returning about 11:30 a.m. Historical sites and stories of Castine Harbor and the lower Bagaduce River will be highlighted along the way. Sightings of seals, eagles, and other wildlife are possible so be sure to bring your camera.

Plan to meet a Museum representative and MMA crew about 15 minutes early (9:45 a.m.) at MMA Waterfront for pre-boarding and safety check. Trips will leave promptly at 10 a.m. Each passenger should provide his/her own personal flotation device for the trip, if possible; a limited number are available through MMA. There is a closed shoe requirement (not just a closed toes but the whole thing!). No sandals or flip-flops allowed. Sneakers are best.

This program is free and open to the public. Due to the popularity of these trips, reservations are a MUST. Deadlines are July 10 for the July 16 trip and July 31 for the August 6 trip. Space is limited and fills quickly - call 207-326-9247 or email info@wilsonmuseum.org. If you need to cancel a reservation, please let us know as soon as possible to allow others the chance to participate in a trip. Children must be accompanied by an adult. There are no "bad weather" dates.





Outdoor Cooking

Bread baking in outdoor ovenNothing whets the appetite like an ocean breeze with the fragrance of wood smoke and baking bread wafting through the air. Visit the back yard of the John & Phebe Perkins House from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 31, August 21 and September 11 as Director Patty Hutchins cooks up some treats using the outdoor bake oven, the fire pit, or a combination of the two. There might be bread or pizza, bean-hole-beans or stew, we're leaving it up to the weather and the whim of the cook. Mix up a batch of your own favorite bread and bring it down to pop into the oven - it's a big oven with room for several loaves (or a pie might be nice). Outdoor cooking tips are free of charge with impartial taste-testers always available.

Also, check out our Fireside Cooking demonstrations as part of a Perkins House tour on July 10, July 24, and August 14.



Collecting Castine 2019

Collecting Castine 2018 People's ChoiceMark your calendar for Collecting Castine 2019, a special one-night exhibit and sale of Castine fine art on Monday, August 5 (5 - 7 p.m.) at the Hutchins Education Center on the Wilson Museum campus.

This is a fundraising event with a twist! Attendees will enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres and an open bar, and view an outstanding exhibit of artwork created by living artists either from Castine or with a long association to Castine. They will also have the opportunity to purchase an original piece of artwork, and  -- here's the twist -- cast a vote for the People's Choice work of art to be added to the Wilson Museum's collection. Following the People's Choice award, all other artwork will be available for purchase, silent-auction style. Proceeds from the event go to support the Wilson Museum's collections and programs.

Collecting Castine 2019 marks the fourth year for this event. In past years we have honored an individual artist for their work and legacy; this year we celebrate our entire community of fabulous artists. They work in various mediums from oil painting to watercolor, bronze sculpture to woodturning, as well as jewelry design, encaustic, felting, mixed media, and more. Some of the artists participating this year have been part of the event from the beginning, and some are new faces joining for the first time. All take in the beauty that surrounds us, the experiences of life in this unique place, the people who are rooted here and those who are drawn here from all over, and create works that evoke the spirit of the place and the people.

Bar Harbor Bank & TrustMany thanks to our lead sponsor who helped make this event possible:


With additional support from:

Camden National Wealth Management



Bangor Savings Bank








Open: May 27 - September 30
Weekdays 10 am - 5 pm, Saturday & Sunday 2 - 5 pm
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July - August, Wednesday & Sunday, 2 - 5 pm
Group visits can be arranged by appointment.
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