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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 -



The Amazing Doctor Wilson - February Vacation Day Camp

Camp Wilson The Wilson Museum is excited to offer The Amazing Doctor Wilson, a children's camp recommended for grades 1 - 8, during February school break. Camp will begin on Tuesday, February 21 and end on Friday, February 24, starting each day at 8:30 a.m and concluding at 12 noon. All participants should bring a lunch and all-weather clothing for outside. The camp will explore the travels and adventures of Museum founder Dr. John Howard Wilson, as he discovered treasures that would establish the beginnings of his collection at the Wilson Museum.

Dr. John Howard WilsonDay 1 starts with exploring Dr. Wilson's life. Groups will construct a timeline of his life and deduce what it was like for him traveling abroad. Participants will make a pith helmet similar to the hat Dr. Wilson used while traveling. Everyone will learn how to use a compass. 

Day 2 will focus on outdoor shelter building. While traveling abroad, Dr. Wilson often explored far away from cities and relied on building basic structures for shelter. 

Dr. Wilson at campsiteDay 3, students will explore one of Dr. Wilson's destinations - the American Southwest. Native American sand art and leatherworking will be the highlights of the day. Students will use the compass skills from Day 1 to complete an orienteering activity.

Day 4 will focus on documenting artifacts to be added to a museum collection. There will also be another orienteering activity. The conclusion of camp will be celebrated with a party.

Every camp day will include games, focusing on collaboration, problem-solving, hand-eye coordination, and strength - all qualities Dr. Wilson needed as a successful traveller.

It is not necessary to attend every day and parents are welcome to stay and participate as well. Pre-registration is required. The deadline for registration is Tuesday, February 14. The cost of the camp for one child is $5 per day, or $15 for the entire week. Contact the Museum at 207-326-9247 or info@wilsonmuseum.org .



The Role of Food in Film & Literature

Harry KaiserianEver wonder why food is frequently mentioned (often at length) in literature and film? Join Harry Kaiserian for this free six-session course on Tuesdays from March 14 through April 18 (6 - 8 p.m.) at the Hutchins Education Center. If you thought popcorn was the only food with a supporting role in the movies, consider these favorites: Ratatouille, Chocolat, Fried Green Tomatoes, Babette's Feast, and Like Water for Chocolate. Does the title of Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's tell us something about Holly Golightly? Let's find out what Holly had for breakfast, watch a few films and enhance our enjoyment of movies and literature by gaining an understanding of the contribution of food to the plot.

Harry Kaiserian has been cooking since he was eleven and has been reading and going to the movies longer than that: this series combines three of his favorite activities. He has been writing a weekly food column for over twenty-five years and has taught cooking classes to a wide variety of audiences. Though not a professional cook, he has visited kitchens around the world and sampled and prepared much of the world's cuisine. Harry likes to talk about the wonderful world of cuisine and has presented variations of this course in several venues.

Please register for this free series by calling 207-326-9247 or email info@wilsonmuseum.org .



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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