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Welcome to the online portion of Penobscot Marine Museum's 2014 Gala Auction! This virtual auction will run from July 4, 2014 to July 16, 2014, with the live event taking place on July 19, 2014 at Point Lookout in Northport, Maine. This is an exciting opportunity to start bidding early, with all bids closing when the gavel falls on the night of our Gala. All proceeds from the auction support Penobscot Marine Museum in preserving, interpreting and celebrating the rich maritime culture of Penobscot Bay and surrounding regions.

This year's spectacular items include recreational watercraft, beautiful antiques, original artwork by Maine artists, fine clothing and jewelry, travel, and more. Please enjoy browsing, bidding, and of course, sharing the news about this great event with your friends. And check in often - we'll be adding new items every few days.

Our 2014 Gala Auction live event at Point Lookout promises to be a fun evening with great food, wonderful music and of course, fantastic company. Tickets to the Gala may be purchased through July 18. Hope to see you there!

Bid Now to Support Penobscot Marine Museum!

Penobscot Marine Museum is always working to reach and build audiences in new and innovative ways. Our staff has created  experiential learning programs and online materials that bring the fascinating maritime heritage of the Penobscot Bay region to school children throughout Maine each year. Our online photography collections database allows folks worldwide to explore over 60,000 of our more than 140,000 negatives, prints, slides, postcards and daguerreotype - one of the largest archives of historical photographs in Maine! And our programs, collections and exhibits delight visitors of all ages at our Searsport, Maine campus. 

This year, we feature two season-long exhibits, Fish, Wind & Tide: the Art and Technology of Maine’s Resources and the related Eric Hopkins: Shells, Fish and Shellfish, each focused in part on the dichotomy of Maine’s natural beauty and resources and a long history of the human use and, sometimes, exploitation of the same. From August 2 through September 7, we partner with Fiber College of Maine and Maine Fiberarts and the Maine Community Foundation to bring the nationally acclaimed Gee's Bend Quilts to Searsport in "Do It Your Way": Gee's Bend Quilts and Quilters in Maine. These, along with over fifty programs and events, including the Maine Boatbuilding Forum, Historic Photography Lecture Series, Thursday Night Lecture Series and engaging children’s activities, make Penobscot Marine Museum the place to be this season.

Proceeds from our biennial Gala Auction makes these and many more museum programs possible. Thank you so much for your interest and support!

Penobscot Marine Museum Honors Maine Boats, Homes & Harbor Founder and Publisher, John K. Hanson, Jr., and Editor, Polly Saltonstall, at its 2014 PMM Gala Auction!

Penobscot Marine Museum is thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate and honor John and Polly at its 2014 Gala. Both have both made enormous contributions to and passionately promoted Maine’s rich maritime culture.

Today, John remains publisher of Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine, which he started 27 years ago, and Polly is its editor in chief. The two are a common sight at boat launchings, regattas, history conferences, art openings and other celebrations, sharing their passion for maritime life and traditions along the Maine coast with anyone who will listen. In addition to their many years as Penobscot Marine Museum trustees, Polly served as board chair and chief cheerleader for 12 years.

 John first moved to Maine in the 1970s to build boats at Hinckley Yachts in Southwest Harbor. He left to join the crew at WoodenBoat magazine as advertising director during the magazine’s early years. He started Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors in 1987 as a way to promote the people and industries that define the Maine coast, including boat builders, artists, cooks, craftspeople and the many non-profits that help build and sustain community. Since then the company has grown and its products today include the Maine Boats,Homes & Harbors Show in Rockland (Aug. 8-10 this year), the website Maineboats.com, and USHarbors.com, an interactive guide that provides tide, weather and other information for 1,200 harbors in 20 states.

Polly, whose family have been summer residents of North Haven since the 1880s, moved here yearround in 1977 when her father bought several weekly newspapers along the coast. In time, she became editor of those newspapers, including the Bar Harbor Times and Belfast Republican Journal. She became involved with Penobscot Marine Museum when her family donated the Journal archivesto the museum. It was a good fit. Polly’s ancestors include sea captains, a prominent yacht designer,and many sailors. During Polly’s 30-year journalism career, she has written for newspapers and magazines, edited several non-fiction books, and won many awards. But her favorite job so far, has been working with John on Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors because, she says, “I get paid to go sailing and visit boat yards and do things that most people would pay to do.”

 Polly and John are both hugely involved in supporting their community. Polly serves as a trustee of the Maine Community Foundation and was chair of the Camden Public Library Board. John has remained involved with Maine Built Boats since its founding as well as Maine Marine Trades Association. People like John and Polly are the glue that holds the past to the present and builds a foundation for strong communities. Through their magazine, the show, web ventures, and other community outreach, they help us celebrate the connections to the sea that make Penobscot Bay, Maine and its coastal communities so special. 

Thank you John and Polly for hoisting signal flags for the Penobscot Marine Museum, Maine and its many maritime communities, and for keeping them flying.

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