The Society convenes every 2nd Thursday of the month at 5:30pm.

Meeting Agenda: 

5:30pm    Review of current business

6:00pm    Potluck dinner

7:00pm    Featured presentation begins

Wessaweskeag Historical Society

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 with kindred community organizations. Higher education for local youth is supported through the Society’s scholarship program

Thursday June 13: “Exploring the Photography Archives of the Penobscot Marine Museum ” by Kevin Johnson, photo archivist for the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport.

View of the Weskeag river by the reversing falls in the heart of the village of South Thomaston.

View of the Weskeag river by the reversing falls in the heart of the village of South Thomaston.

The Penobscot Marine 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 1880's 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. PenobscotMarineMuseum.org

Mr. 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, Maine and teaches photography courses at Maine Media College, Waterfall Arts and Unity College. As museum Photo Archivist, Kevin 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 award winning book, Maine on Glass. His personal website is rubylightstudio.com