SOUTH THOMASTON — On Thursday, June 13, the Wessaweskeag Historical Society will continue to hold its “evening of good food and great speakers!”
The Pot Luck Supper, which begins at 6 p.m, will be followed by this month’s program, starting at 7 p.m., in the Society’s meeting room just behind the South Thomaston Library at the corner of Rt. 73 and Dublin Road.
The public is invited to join both for the program and for the potluck.
Kevin Johnson, photo archivist for the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, will be this month’s speaker, and he will be giving a guided tour of the photography archives of the Penobscot Marine Museum. The Museum has the largest photography archives in the state and is made up of dozens of collections and consists of more than 300,000 photographic images spanning the 1880s to the recent past.
The slide show and talk will look at the various collections with a special focus on South Thomaston and surrounding towns.
The archive is currently being digitized and more than 100,0000 thousand images can now be viewed on the museum's website in their online database. www.PenobscotMarineMuseum.org
Johnson received his bachelors degree from St. Joseph's University (Philadelphia, PA) in 1989. He worked as a paralegal until 2003 when he decided to leave the “9 to 5” world to pursue a career in fine art photography. He attended the Maine Photographic Workshops in Rockport in 2003, where he earned a Professional Certificate in Photography.
He currently works as the Photography Archivist for the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport. He was a founding member of Aarhus Gallery in Belfast, and teaches photography courses at Maine Media College, Waterfall Arts and Unity College.
As museum photo archivist, Johnson has created numerous exhibits of historic photography, led student projects, and taught adult courses for the museum, as well as managing the museum’s 200,000+ piece photo archive.
He is also a co-author of the book Maine on Glass. His personal website is rubylightstudio.com.
The Wessaweskeag Historical Society was founded three decades ago and is a nonprofit, charitable organization anchored in South Thomaston. It maintains an archives and museum contiguous to the town’s public library, hosts monthly potluck suppers and heritage programming available to the public.
The Society also hosts the annual Heritage Day, sponsors local historic preservation and cooperates the kindred community organizations.
Higher education for local youth is supported through the Society’s scholarship program.