CRANBERRY ISLES — Acadia National Park plans to spend about $300,000 on improvements to the Islesford Historical Museum before next summer.
The museum is owned and operated by the park.
The improvements will include interior repairs, replacement of the slate roof, reconstruction of the well, installation of a HAZMAT cabinet and repairs to the exterior shutters and half-round window.
Money for the projects is included in Acadia’s budget for fiscal year 2017, which begins in October.
“The funding source is the National Park Service repair and rehabilitation program, which is one of the congressionally appropriated pots of money that is competitively distributed” among National Park Service units, said Acadia spokesman John Kelly.
Katrina Winfield-Howard, a long-time summer resident and founder of Friends of the Islesford Historical Museum, said the group is pleased that the park service is going to address the museum’s physical problems.
“Now that we don’t have to raise money for the maintenance of the museum, we can concentrate on raising money for fascinating and interesting exhibits that will bring people to the islands,” she said.
Winfield-Howard said the museum’s major exhibit this season, titled “Boats & Buoys: Lobstering on Little Cranberry Island,” has been so popular that it is being held over for another year.
The next exhibit, “Captains and the Ships They Sail,” will start next year in a small room at the front of the museum. It will expand into the larger, main exhibit space the following year.
The Islesford Historical Museum was founded in 1927 by summer resident William Otis Sawtelle. Acadia acquired the museum in the 1940s. It shows exhibits created by the park and island community groups.