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Maine Agriculture: Views from the Past

January 28, 2011 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Photos from the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co. Collection Captions by Maine Historian William H. Bunting Exhibit Produced by the Penobscot Marine Museum
Opening Reception on Friday, January 28, 2011 from 5-7pm The show will be on display until March 21st. The MFT Gallery is open Monday through Friday 8am to 4pm.

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery Hosts Exhibit of Long-Ago Farm Life

A new exhibit in Belfast will explore a bygone age of Maine’s agriculture in photography dating from 75 to 100 years ago. “Maine Agriculture: Views From the Past” will be on display in the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, 97 Main St., Belfast, from January 26 through March 21. An opening reception will be held Friday, January 28, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.  The exhibit and reception are free to the public.   Included in the show are images of potato and dairy farming, the poultry industry, corn husking, canning operations, farm houses, fields, farm animals and farm people. Renowned Maine historian William H. Bunting conducted research for the exhibit and wrote the captions. The black-and-white images, shot originally on glass-plate negatives, are part of the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company collection owned by Penobscot Marine Museum. The show is funded by a grant from the NLT Foundation.   “A century ago, agriculture was a highly visible component of the Maine landscape and a central element of its culture and economy,” says historian Bunting. “Today it is nearly invisible in some parts of the state and its impact, while still significant, is recognized by few. This exhibit reminds us of the underpinning role that agriculture can play in a still-rural state like Maine.”   Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide non-profit organization working to permanently preserve and protect Maine’s agricultural lands, and to keep Maine’s farms farming. Maine Farmland Trust created its gallery to celebrate art in agriculture, and to inspire and inform visitors regarding the vibrancy of farming in Maine.

For more information visit   Located on US Rte. 1 in Searsport, ME, between Camden, Bangor, and Mt. Desert Island, Penobscot Marine Museum is Maine’s oldest maritime museum and home to outstanding collections of marine art and artifacts, small craft, ship models and historic photography. Its campus – including four ship captains’ homes, two boat houses, a town hall, a carriage house and other buildings – recreates a bustling coastal village during the Age of Sail. Exhibits are currently closed for the season, but special activities and presentations are scheduled year-round.

For information about the Eastern Illustrating photo collection, or for information about the museum, visit or call 207-548-2529.


January 28, 2011
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Maine Farmland Trust Gallery
97 Main St.
Belfast, ME 04915 United States


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