2015-03-13 / Community

Exhibit illustrates town’s history in 50 objects

The Brick Store Museum’s newest exhibit, Kennebunk History in 50 Objects, opened Jan. 23. Staff and volunteers at the museum worked for four months to carefully select artifacts from the museum’s 70,000-item-strong collection to illustrate Kennebunk’s history in only 50 objects. The 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 monthly, to introduce a new story or topic from Kennebunk’s past. The museum will also look for supplemental objects from the community, especially for those decades or stories for which the museum’s collection is lacking; for instance, items from the Great Depression, the 1960s and 1970s and more.

Visitors can share memories of the past and what viewing each object means to them. Included with the exhibit is an online forum to share recollections of an event or artifact. Programs to accompany this exhibit include scheduled behind-the-scenes tours of collections in storage in the spring and summer. Learn more at www.brickstoremuseum.org. The exhibit will be on view through September.

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