CRANBERRY ISLES — A new exhibit at Acadia National Park’s Islesford Historical Museum, titled “Boats & Buoys: Lobstering on Little Cranberry Island,” will run through Oct. 16 and return for the 2016 summer season with additional exhibits for the Acadia Centennial.
Visitors to the exhibition are invited to step onto the stern of a “lobster boat” and handle the tools used daily by fishermen, enjoy a video starring several lobstermen answering questions about their trade and see boat models, paintings, buoys, a hooked rug and poetry created by the fishermen and their families. The exhibit was designed by Betts Swanton and built by Mida Ballard.
“This new community-designed exhibit at Islesford Museum celebrates the men and women who have fished the waters around Little Cranberry Island for generations,” said Superintendent Sheridan Steele.
The Friends of the Islesford Historical Museum formed in 2013 with the goal of working with the NPS to raise funds to rehabilitate and maintain the museum and engage residents of Cranberry Isles to participate in museum exhibits and programs linking their community with visitors to the museum. This partnership has expanded to include the funding of boat trips for school groups to see this exhibit and experience true island life in Maine.
“The schools were so excited that the programs filled within three days of being advertised,” said Acadia Chief of Interpretation Lynne Dominy.
Islesford is located on Little Cranberry Island, which is one of only 15 islands inhabited year-round on the coast of Maine.
Islesford Historical Museum is open daily through Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., except on Sundays when the hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. From Sept. 28 through Oct. 16, the museum will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Access to Islesford is by boat only. Visit cranberryisles.com for more on ferries and water taxis. The museum is an easy walk from the dock in Islesford.
For more about the exhibit, visit www.islesfordhistoricalmuseum.info.