Kennebunk History in 50 Objects

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Inspired by the British Museum’s highly successful exhibit, “A History of the World in 100 Objects,” the staff at the Brick Store Museum carefully selected a wide assortment of 50 objects to represent Kennebunk’s past. Alone, each objects might not tell a story, but together they create a context which reveals the history of Kennebunk up to the present. History is many stories all woven together and it never ends, we are still making history today.

The Museum holds around 40,000 objects and, as with similar organizations, we are unable to display them all. A Native American birch bark canoe, Indian Fire Tank, doctor’s kit, photographs, and more revealed the rich history of Kennebunk from pre-history to the present day. Highlights from Kennebunks history also included: industry along the Mousam river, shipbuilding in Kennebunk landing, farming in West Kennebunk and costumes of families with a rich legacy in the area.