KENNEBUNK, MAINE – The Brick Store Museum’s newest exhibit, Kennebunk History in 50 Objects, opens Friday, January 23, 2015. Staff and volunteers at the museum worked for four months to carefully select artifacts from the Museum’s 70,000-item-strong collection to illustrate Kennebunk’s history in only 50 objects. This exhibit is sponsored by the Museum’s Business Partners the Captain Lord Mansion and the Captain Jefferds Inn.
Included in the exhibit are a Penobscot birch bark canoe, bound-foot shoes from China, an early 20th Century surgical kit, a Civil War firearm, a 19th Century doll, firefighting tools, and much more to explain the history of Kennebunk in three dimensions. Visitors can expect to find new items rotated monthly, to introduce a new story or topic from Kennebunk’s past. The Museum will also be seeking supplemental objects from the community, especially for those decades or stories for which the Museum’s collection is lacking; for instance, items from the Great Depression; the 1960s and 1970s; and more.
Visitors will also be asked to share their own memories of the past, and what viewing each objects mean to them. Included with this exhibit will be an online forum through which community members can share their recollections of an event or artifact. Programs to accompany this exhibit include scheduled behind-the-scenes tours of collections storage in the spring and summer. Learn more at www.brickstoremuseum.org. The exhibit will be on view through September 2015.
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The Brick Store Museum is located at 117 Main Street in Kennebunk’s historic district. For 76 years, the Museum has been dedicated to preserving and exhibiting the region’s rich cultural and artistic heritage. Its galleries and research archives are open to the public year-round: Tuesdays – Fridays, 10 – 4:30 and Saturdays, 10 – 1. Museum admission is $7.50 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $20 for families. Saturdays are half price for families! Visit www.brickstoremuseum.org or call 207-985-4802 for further information.