KENNEBUNK, MAINE – Have you found your historic Valentine yet? The Brick Store Museum looks to help you find true love this Valentine’s Day by sharing archival photos of unknown people who once lived in Kennebunk in the late 19th Century on their Facebook page. With #MyHistoricValentine, visitors to the site (facebook.com/BrickStoreMuseum) are asked to share the image of the person he or she would choose as a Valentine for 2015.
“This is something new for us,” Museum director Cynthia Walker says. “We’ve been looking for an opportunity to infuse our ‘modern-day’ lives on social media with history, and this is a great way to do it. History can be fun. Not only does it allow our online audiences to view some of our archival collections, but it gets people talking about the history of our town and its people. Our dream come true would be if someone recognizes a photo and finally puts a name to one of our many unknown faces.”
All of the unknown photos come from the Museum’s collection of Albion Moody photographs. Moody was a popular photographer in Kennebunk at the turn-of-the-century; he photographed street scenes, individuals, families, pets, and even circus performers. Moody’s work will be on display at the Brick Store Museum in the upcoming exhibit “Memory in Black & White: The Photographs of Albion Moody,” opening on May 8, 2015, as part of the Maine Photo Project.
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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. rr