100 Years at the Beach


July 13, 2010 – September 14, 2010

2010 marked the 100th anniversary of the Kennebunk Beach Improvement Association (KBIA). This History Showcase exhibition traced the organization from its roots as the environmental steward of Mother’s Beach and The Cove to its role in providing educational enrichment opportunities to children and their families. Viistors took themselves back to the early 1900s, when “beach improvements” meant oiling the dirt road, adding streetlights, and acquiring a life boat to ensure safety at the bathing beach. Through a series of photographs, archival materials and artifacts both from the Museum’s collections and on loan from KBIA, visitors learned what attracted the earliest summer residents and what traditions and allure remain to this day.

History Showcases are designed to address a timely topic or highlight a new acquisition at the Museum, so returning visitors are always seeing something new. The installment of the History Showcase
was made possible by our proud business partner: Cape Arundel Inn.