History of Kennebunk told through objects

The Brick Store Museum’s newest exhibit, “Kennebunk History in 50 Objects,” features select objects from the museum’s catalog of more than 70,000 items.

Staff and volunteers at the museum worked for four months to carefully select just 50 artifacts from the museum’s collection to illustrate Kennebunk’s history. 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 in 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 its collection is lacking; for instance, items from the Great Depression, the 1960s and 1970s and more.

Visitors will also be asked to share their memories of the past and what viewing each object means 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 the exhibit include scheduled behind-the-scenes tours in the spring and summer of collections stored in the building at 117 Main St.

Learn more at The exhibit will be on view through September.


Great Salt Bay pupils learn Wabanaki culture

In early December, 55 third-graders from Great Salt Bay School participated in the Damariscotta River Association’s Wabanaki Living Skills and Culture program.

Sarah Gladu, the association’s education director, welcomed students for nature day events, including a meal of hulled corn and moose meat soup, made over a campfire

The children etched birch bark with Passamaquoddy artist and educator David Moses Bridges, built emergency shelters, tasted wild edibles, played snow snakes and heard native stories.

This is the 10th year the program has been offered as part of the Wabanaki Living Skills and Culture program that creates opportunities for local children to learn about Native American culture.

For 13 days last fall, more than 540 students from throughout the region journeyed to Blackstone Point at the Damariscotta River Association farm to learn a variety of outdoor living skills in the tradition of Maine’s native peoples.


Zach Cote, Julia Rowlett named students of month

Zach Cote and Julia Rowlett have been selected as the students of the month at the Biddeford Regional Center of Technology.

Cote, who is in the building construction program, was selected from the technology programs.

Rowlett, who is in the health assistant program, was selected from the business, education and health careers programs.

The Bank of Maine provided monetary awards to the students.

Other nominees were Gavin Crespin, engineering, architecture and drafting; Jon Curran, legal studies; Tia DeSimone, medical sciences; Brianna Hazelton, medical assisting; Gabby Kruteleski, early childhood education; Tim LaVallee, auto mechanics; Kyle Levasseur, business information technology; Olivia Morrison, business and financial management; and Jack St. Ours, auto body repair.