DEXTER - On June 5th beginning at 3 PM the Dexter Historical Society will kick off a summer long membership drive to revitalize its organization and invite local citizens to participate in their programs. An Open House will be held at the former Hatch Prep at 14 High Street, now The Mansion Event Home. Plans are for music, raffle baskets, a slide show of vintage Dexter Post Cards: circa 1900-1963, and light refreshments. They plan to add additional public events throughout the summer as the membership grows.
There will be an opportunity on June 5th to sign up as a member and receive locally written Dexter books, other Dexter memorabilia, and a society tote bag as part of the membership fee. There will be different levels of giving along with a youth and senior membership category. Only a limited supply of items are available, so early sign up is advised. Membership eligibility is not limited to just Dexter residents.
The society depends on membership fees and donations to maintain the Grist Mill Museum, the Miller's House, The Carr's Corner School, and the Abbott Museum and Gift Shop. There are many opportunities to contribute time and expertise by participating on the various committees; Museum and Gift Shop, Publicity, Research, Genealogy, Publications, Facilities Maintenance, and the Collection Committee that includes cataloging and conservation.
Currently the Dexter Historical Society is presenting a traveling photo art show, “Maine's Woods Observations by Bert Lincoln Call and Henry David Thoreau.” Last year the show exhibited in Dexter, Greenville, Indian Island, Bangor Public Library, University of Southern Maine, and North Light Gallery in Millinocket.
In 2010 a limited edition of 5 prints will be hanging at the Glickman Library of the University of Southern Maine. In May and June the show will be on exhibit at the Lumberman's Museum in Patten. The town of Monson will host the show in July. Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire will host Call photos featuring canoes at their Annual Wooden Canoe Heritage Festival in July. The University of Maine in Presque Isle is considering having the show in September. In November the University of Maine at Machias will host the show for a month. The show will eventually tour the US.
A Call print has been donated to the Thoreau Society for display and sale. A limited edition portfolio of 12 prints and a book to complement the show are planned.
These will be for sale along with the large size prints from the exhibit that are presently for sale. www.callthoreauexhibit.com
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