7/26/17- Warm memories of Richmond Days– dazzling sunshine and soaring temperatures didn’t wilt the crowds’ enthusiasm at our hometown celebration! (Parade taken from our porch; Guest artist Michael Branca talks shop with Richmond artist; homemade refreshments in our gallery.)
6/19/17- Presenting “American Military Shoulder Arms” for Richmond Days– a collection dating from the American Revolution to the Vietnam Era. In our Carriage House, Sat. July 22, 10:30- 2 PM & Sun. July 23, 1-4 PM. Depicts the development of firearms from flint, to percussive, to cartridge. A unique look at the history of technology thru wood- and metal-working, tool production and armaments. Don’t miss out- this visiting exhibit will be here for just two days before it moves on! Free!
6/16/17- We’re delighted to host local artist Michael Branca in our Gallery at the Richmond Days Open House Sat, July 22, 10:30- 2 PM! An instructor at Southern Maine Community College, Branca’s media & subject matter range from fantastical oil paintings to landscapes, to conceptual assemblages. His work addresses feelings of (dis)connectedness with nature, and attempts to find beauty, joy & humor in the unexpected & mundane. Mike’s show will also be open Sun, Aug 6, 1-4, or by appointment thru August 12. (See “Contact US” to make app’t.) Free.
6/16/17- Artist’s Gallery Reception- An informal “Meet & Greet” with featured artist Michael Branca Sun, July 23, 2-4 PM. Branca holds a BA from Colby, & MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine arts. He teaches at Southern Maine Community College. His work has shown throughout the Northeast. Here’s your chance to get to know the artist, & learn more about his work & inspiration! Refreshments. Free.
6/16/17- “In Their Own Words: American Women ‘Over There’ in WWI” follows the daily lives of women serving in ten agencies during the war. The exhibit, commemorating the 100th anniversary of US involvement in WWI, can be seen during our regular summer hours (the first Sunday of the month 1-4 PM) on July 2, or almost any time by appointment thru 7/2/17. Please see “Contact Us” to make app’t. Free.
5/29/17- Memorial Day- A time to remember; a time to pay our respects. Immediately following the Memorial Day parade and waterfront memorial service, the museum opens its doors for the summer season (1st Sun. of the month, 1-3 PM through Nov.).
3/1/17- Join the fun in a Pysanky workshop with artist Kate Cutko on Saturday, April 8 at 3:30 PM. Just in time for Easter! All skill levels, min. age 12 yrs. Class size is limited to 10, so please sign up early (see “Contact Us”). Cost: $10 each, includes materials & refreshments.
3/1/17- Rustic camp life & thrilling log runs! Join Sumner McKane on Sunday, March 26 at 2 PM, for a virtual journey into the Maine woods, via his historical documentary In the Blood. Learn about the forces that shaped Maine’s gritty, resilient lumberjacks. Includes Q&A session with McKane, who is also a musician, composer and historian. Free. Donations appreciated.
11/10/16-Our Gallery of Heroes Veterans’ photo exhibit features 100 photos of local veterans,Civil War through present. Schedule: Thurs., Nov. 10-Golden Oldies’ tour & lunch, 11 AM. Veterans’ Day: Free Open House after the parade (~11:30) ’til 3 PM. Refreshments. Hope to see you there!
9/12/16– Halloween Silent movie Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with pianist Doug Protsik– Come thrill to the accoustics in our Victorian Gallery if you dare! Mon., Oct. 31, 7-9 PM. Admission- $5 . (Case photo)
8/25/16- Welcoming the “T.J. Southard” into home port! We’re thrilled to announce the acquisition of this original 1851 oil painting by marine artist Joseph B. Smith. Built by Southard in 1848, the barque is portrayed approaching Castle Williams in NY. It will harbor in our “Shipyard” exhibit area, alongside the “Washington Libby.” Come see it unveiled at our regular museum opening Sunday, Sept. 4, 1-4:00.
8/25/16- Getting our Ducks in a Row: Our Pysanky (Ukrainian) workshop in April was so popular that we decided to have regular Pysanky Egg Parties year-round! We even adopted this flock of ducklings to provide supplies (so far no eggs, but the ducks are growing fast!). Join artist Kate Cutko to learn this centuries-old craft on Saturday, Oct. 1, 3:30-5:30 PM. Ages 12 & up. Beginners welcome. Cost: $10 includes materials & refreshments. Class size limited to 8 people. Please preregister: 737-8202, or use “Contact Us” page.
8/25/16- Meet Richmond fiber artist Janet Clement at our Gallery Talk Sunday, Sept. 25, 1-3:00 (Refreshments). A member of St. Alexander Nevsky Russian Orthodox Church, Janet’s quilted wall hangings are impressionistic portrayals of major Russian Orthodox Feast Days, Sacraments and lives of the Saints. The exhibit will also be open Sunday, Oct. 2, 1- 4:00, or by appointment through Oct. 22.
8/25/16- Richmond’s “Russian Community” was at its peak in the 1960s – ’80s. The term is misleading; immigrants came from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, & many Eastern-European nations. This photo exhibit by Ginny Roseberry offers a thoughtful insider’s retrospective of immigrants’ lives in this remarkable colony. You’re invited to its opening Sun, Sept. 4, 1-4:00, or by appointment thru Sept. 18 (Above, Case photo)
8/8/16- Every Tombstone Tells a Story. Hear Richmond’s narratives at the Cemetery Walking Tour with Jay Robbins. Sat., Aug. 27, 9 AM- Meet at Cotton (aka “Richmond”) Cemetery. Free. See Upcoming Events page for details. Rain Date: 8/28, 1:30 PM.
This is a joint venture of two towns. The Prequel: Bowdoinham Historical Society’s Cemetery Walk w/Frank Connors & Jay Robbins. Sat., Aug. 20, 1 PM- Meet @ Ridge Cemetery ~800 Ridge Rd. FMI: Upcoming Events or www.bowdoinhamhistoricalsociety.org/.
8/8/16- Thanks to everyone who helped create a wonderful Richmond Days celebration! Above, a few parade highlights, taken from the museum porch.
6/15/16- We love hosting groups of all ages! After a morning of exploration & lunch on Swan Island, these children visited the museum. Because they were so well behaved, we treated them at the Main St. Dairy Treat. FMI on free group tours, see “Plan Your Visit.”
6/4/16- A taste of history: It’s 1934, the heart of the Great Depression, and families are struggling to put food on the table. People shared recipes for meals that were frugal yet tasty and nutritious. This summer, we’re cooking up some of these recipes for visitors to taste at our scheduled openings the 1st Sunday of the month, 1-4 PM, through Oct. Come, give them a try! Above, June’s sample- pickled rhubarb (sweet, sour & hot) from the Daily Kennebec Journal’s “Home Corner Cook Book”
5/29/16- “Maine Women and Medicine in the Civil War: Looking at War through Women’s Eyes” is featured in our Gallery for the free Memorial Day Open House, from after the riverside ceremony (about 11:30) ’til 2 PM. The exhibit, including 5 Maine nurses, shows thru the 1st week of July. It can also be seen at our regular Sunday openings June 5 & July 3, 1-4 PM, or almost anytime by appointment. (See “Contact Us.”) Above: nurses’ notebooks, incl. journals, letters & biographical materials; Civil War field hospital set.
3/29/16-Psyanky (Ukrainian) eggs can be made with traditional Easter patterns, or unique designs for any season. Join artist Kate Cutko the day before Russian Orthodox Easter to learn this centuries-old craft on Saturday, April 30, 3:30-6 PM. Ages 12 & up. Cost: $10 includes materials & Ukrainian refreshments. Class size limited to 6 people. Please preregister: , or use “Contact Us” page. This event kicks off the museum’s new salute to Richmond’s “Russian Community,” which includes people from the Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia.
Kate learned the art of Pysanky at the age of 10, when her mother took an adult education class near their CT home. She has been decorating eggs ever since. 30 years later, Kate and her husband traveled to Ukraine to adopt their daughter. Now this tradition holds more meaning for Kate and her family.
3/19/16- It’s official! The museum is sponsoring the Daponte String Quartet for Richmond Days, July 23, 2016 at 2 PM. Concert will be held at the Dresden Richmond United Methodist (DRUM) Church, 121 Pleasant St. Adults: $20 each. Under 21: Free. 12 yrs. & under must be w/adult. Reservations required. Available at: http://daponte.brownpapertickets.com
The Daponte String Quartet, now in its 24th season, performs & teaches all over the US & around the world. They have received many prestigious awards, including the National Endowment for the Arts & the Maine Arts Commission. Last year, they were voted the “Best Musical Group in Maine” by readers of Down East Magazine- perhaps because they are unique in performing year round and state wide, while also maintaining a touring schedule that has included over 20 states, two continents, and Carnegie Hall. Their repertoire extends from 17th century to cutting-edge contemporary music. DSQ concerts are dynamic, and their warm stage manner enables the listener to more deeply connect with the music. They have recorded three CD’s. Their fourth- Beethoven’s Opus 132 and Mendelssohn’s Opus 13- is due out this fall.
3/17/16- History outside the box: This year, new banners will give passers-by a glimpse of some images, language, & customs from our past. (Above: St. Patrick’s Day greeting from Victorian days, when large numbers of Irish immigrants settled in the area.)
3/8/16- Museum on Wheels visited Richmond Middle School this AM to discuss Richmond’s shipping; piracy, slavery, & causes of the Civil War. Thanks, Gary Carter & his 8th graders for a great time! You’re terrific! We’re looking forward to working with RMS in the future. We’d love to present programs on many topics, tailored for other area groups. Please See directions below to arrange a time. (Shown: Maps of Sagadahoc County, ME, 1858.)
2/3/16- Announcing our pilot program, Museum on Wheels. We love sharing stories and information with visitors, and hosting special cultural and educational programs at the Southard House Museum. But what about those unable to visit the museum?
We’ll bring the museum to them! The museum is not just a building, but a dynamic presence in the community. This new program is available to schools, home scholars, clients in care facilities, shut-ins (accompanied by their relative or friend) within a 20-mile radius of Richmond.
Visits will be tailored to recipients’ needs. We can provide workshops, slide shows, power points, photo albums, & historical artifacts. Topics include 19th- century area shipbuilding, ice harvesting, agriculture, lumbering, building, Victorian lifestyle & literature, and more!
When? This pilot program is available Mid- Jan. thru mid-May, 2016. Future schedule TBA.
How? Arrange a free visit through this website, on Facebook: “TJ Southard,” or call 207-737-8202 (lv. message if no answer.)
1/9/16- The Southard House Museum volunteers want to thank everyone who helped make 2015 a success. We couldn’t do it without you. Please take a few minutes to look over last year’s activities, and stay tuned for more exciting programs in 2016. With all our best New Year’s wishes to friends old & new!
12/15/15- Mark your calendar for our Martin Luther King Day programs Mon., Jan. 18 in our Gallery. Session I– “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle,” for grades 4-6 from 10:30-11:30 AM. By the Holocaust & Human Rights Center of ME. Space is limited; school groups are asked to preregister. Session II– “Stories of the Legacy of Slavery in Maine,” for 7th grade-adult from 2-3:00, followed by reception. By historian Susan Bowditch, former director of the Joshua Chamberlain Museum, Brunswick. Both programs are free. Please see Upcoming Events calendar for details.
12/7/15- Back by popular demand– The RHS chorus, directed by Virgil Bozeman, will present 18th & 19th century carols at our Victorian Christmas program Thursday, Dec. 10, 6-8 PM (singing 6-7:00). You won’t want to miss this enchanting event! Includes festivities listed below.
11/28/15- Make your yuletide bright at our Victorian Christmas Celebration on Dec. 3, 7-9 PM. Festivities include: Victorian Christmas tree; traditional carols by Ann Stinson & the DRUM church choir (music begins @ 7:40); antique dolls; miniature Charles Dickens village; Maine 3 Engineers’ model train Christmas; historical diorama of Southard Shipyard, 1853; & refreshments. The Victorian house will be open. Free.
11/2/15- Please join us in honoring our veterans with a photo exhibit of local vets at the free Veterans’ Day Open House, 11/11/15, after the parade ’til 3:00. (Above, CW2 Fournier & family, 2014 Richmond Days Parade)
11/2/15- Our Free Veterans’ Day Open House will include a pictorial history of the Richmond-Dresden Bridge from its inception in 1931, through its re-construction after the Great Flood of ’36, to the new Maine Kennebec Bridge, completed in 2014. Open 11/11 after parade ’til 3:00. Above: new bridge; flood of April, 1984 (Ferriss photo).
10/31/15- The Gallery was packed on Halloween night for 1925 silent movie, Phantom of the Opera, accompanied by Doug Protsik on piano and organ. Thanks, Doug, for a stellar preformance, & to all who dared attend!
10/25/15- “Photos of Two Towns,” our 1st collaborative exhibit with the Bowdoinham Historical Society, featured photos of town by Frieda Witham & Lloyd Ferriss. Thanks to Lloyd Ferriss, BHS, & Jay Robbins for all the help in this exciting event. (Above, Liz Todd, Ferris photo, ’90; Lloyd Ferriss’ Gallery Talk)
9/23/15- October is Domestic Violence Prevention Month. To raise awareness, we will present a screening on Oct. 7, 4-6 PM of the documentary Private Violence: It’s not always easy to just leave. The film explores a simple, but shocking fact of American life: the most dangerous place for a woman in America is in her own home. A discussion will follow with Stevie Colburn, Services Director for New Hope for Women, and Amber Wotton, Director of Time for Change, a certified batterer intervention program with New Hope for Women. Please join us in addressing an issue that strikes very close to home: Maine recently ranked 9th Nationally in the rate of women killed by men. Note: film contains adult language and content; suggested for viewers 17 years of age and above.
9/7/15- Seeking Photos of Our Veterans– We are planning a Veterans’ Day photo exhibit, to include as many veterans as possible, from all eras. Vets who have once, or now live in town, or are townspeople’s close relatives or significant others, are eligible. Please share just one photo of each veteran you’d like to honor. Include the vet’s name, time of service, and a brief description or message (2-3 sentences). Please click “Contact Us” to request more info. or submit photos. Tell us if you want us to copy the photo for the exhibit & return the original to you. Thank you. (Above: Some of our WWII Veterans, 1990, by Lloyd Ferriss)
9/5/15- Richmond’s Golden Oldies were our guests of honor for a museum tour & lunch at Railway Cafe today. Thanks for a great visit- come see us again soon!
8/30/15- An Invitation- Richmond’s Golden Oldies are cordially invited to a free museum tour and lunch at Railway Cafe on Friday, Sept. 4 at 10:30 AM. Please note that exhibits are located on the first, second, and third floors of the Victorian and Carriage houses. Unfortunately, we have no elevator; guests may opt to visit the first floors only. Please sign up at the Golden Oldies center, Front St. before 9/4/15. Hope to see you there!
8/26/15- Looking to do some research? Our exciting new Research Room opens at our regular museum hours beginning Sunday, Sept. 6, 1-4 PM. The room will be open the first Sunday of the month through Nov. 1, and most any time by appointment (See Contact Us page). Books may be used on site only. In addition to the above book & the ships’ logs (See 8/21/15), this includes hundreds of books in the following categories:
Agriculture/Gardening; Architecture; Art/Design; Auto-/Biography; Building & Construction; Children’s books; Collectibles/Antique books; Dolls; Fiction; Gerontology/Aging; Graphic Novels/books; History-American; History- American Revolution; History- European; History-Homelife-Lifestyle; History-WWII; Holocaust Studies; Human/Civil Rights; Humanitarian Intervention/Conflict Resolution; India; Indonesia; Maine Authors; Maine in the Civil War; Maine History; Maine Humor; Maine Life; Maine- Richmond; Maine Ships & Shipbuilding; Medical Ethics; Museum Management; Native American Studies; New England; Political Science; Psychology; Religions of the World; Russia; Science; Scouting Manuals; Southeast Asia; Southeast Asia- Cambodia; Southeast Asia- Vietnam; Textbooks- Antique; Tools- Antique; Toys- Antique; Victorian Literature; Victoriana; Women’s Studies.
8/21/15- Seafaring days come alive in the journals of Captain Joshua B. Libby, ship’s master for TJ Southard & other local builders. The logs, written 1854-1872, were donated by Sharon White Gotreau, whose family had preserved them for over 150 years. The logs are being transcribed, and will be part of our new Shipyard exhibit, opening in Sept. Thanks to Sharon’s generosity, stories of life on Richmond’s wooden ships will continue to thrill readers for generations to come.
7/20/15- Join the fun for kids of all ages at our Richmond Days celebration July 25, after the parade ’til 4:00 PM. You might just get knighted (above, Kingston Lavallee)
7/15/15- We’re happy to have pianist Doug Protsik return for this summer’s free silent movie- the classic Sherlock, Jr., starring Buster Keaton. Join the fun! Sunday, July 26, 3-5 PM.
7/15/15- “Drawing from Dreams: Alice Re-imagined”– Cartoonist Tyson Pease’s works, inspired by Alice in Wonderland, will be exhibited in our Gallery 7/25 through September. Tyson is an illustrator, comic artist and teacher living in Hallowell. He recently earned his MFA from Goddard College. View his work at www.tysonpease.com. Join our free Gallery Talk Sunday, Aug. 2, 3-4 PM as he talks about dreams, imagination, and the process of making new work from Wonderland. Refreshments will be served.
7/15/15- Celebrating Alice 150 the anniversary of Alice in Wonderland’s publication this Richmond Days. All are invited to a Free Open House July 25 after the parade to 4:00 PM. In the Gallery: Cartoons by local artist Tyson Pease and other Carroll-inspired art. Outdoors: Flamingo croquet, castle building, picture boards and other shenanigans. Gallery exhibit runs thru Sept. Hope to see you there!
6/23/15- Model Maker Terry Geaghan of Woolwich works on a diorama of TJ Southard’s shipyard (above) for newest exhibit area, The Shipyard. The new area will also permanently house our painting of the Libbey (below). Completion date is Aug. 30, but you can see the work in progress on Richmond Days, July 25.
5/27/15- We are thrilled to announce the museum’s newest acquisition, The Bishop W. Libbey Passing St. Helen’s 1858. The ship was built by TJ Southard in 1855. It flies Southard’s flag bearing the initials TS and an anvil representing Southard’s origins as a blacksmith.
5/7/15– We are happy to announce an upcoming cartooning workshop by illustrator and comic artist Tyson Pease. The workshop will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 16, 18, 23 and 25 from 1-3:00 PM). The workshop is offered free of charge.
7/8/14- Heeere’s the scoop on our free silent movie for Richmond Days (July 26)! Gallery doors will open at 2:45, & movie begins at 3:00. The room is small; admission is limited to 35 people on a first-come basis. To make it fair for everyone, no saving seats will be permitted. The movie,a comedy family classic, will be accompanied by Doug Protsik on piano. If the event is successful, silent movies might become an annual museum tradition. So please don’t despair if you can’t gain admission this time around.
5/24/14- River Town, an article by Virginia Wright in June’s Down East magazine, profiles Richmond. Wright describes several local enterprises, including the Southard House Museum. The article reflects on our town’s past and present, and speculates on its future . Don’t miss it!
5/18/14- Memorial Day Observance All are invited to a free Open House to honor Memorial Day, May 26. Museum doors open following the services at the waterfront. We will close at 3:00 PM. The gallery will feature a brief history of the holiday’s origins and remembrance cards from the 1800s. This marks the start of our summer season.
4/30/14- Featured Artist We are pleased to announce that we will be featuring Elena Carter’s photography in the gallery for Richmond Days. Asked about her background, Elena writes: “I grew up in Richmond, daughter of Lee & Connie Smith, and have raised my own family here as well. I am married with 4 grown children and 5 grandchildren. I’ve been doing photography since I was a child but got serious about it in high school and loved it so much that I went to school in Rhode Island for photography. I have been doing wedding photography for 30+ years. I’m now working on 2nd generation weddings. I love photographing weddings, high school seniors, babies, families & nature. It is my passion!”
4/23/14- Blacksmith Sam Smith will fire it up for Richmond Days. Smith, above, began as an apprentice at age 15 in New Jersey. He moved to Maine in 2003, and founded the Portland Forge. His metalworking techniques date from the 1800s or before.
4/17/14- Historic Woodworking Restoration carpenter Ed Somers of Bridgton will demonstrate the use of antique woodworking tools on Richmond Days. Ed is a member of Maine Preservation, whose mission is “…to promote and preserve historic places, buildings, downtowns and neighborhoods…”
3/31/14- The Flier Returns Do you remember when The Flier used to race into Richmond? Train Buffs and Toy Buffs are sure to enjoy our new accquistion, The Flying Yankee. Ours is a Lionel O gauge version of the original, pictured above. The train ran between Boston and Bangor, stopping in Richmond, from the 1935 through 1957. The model will be on display for Richmond Days.
3/24/14- Family fun for Richmond Days We have just scheduled pianist Doug Protsik of Woolwich to play for a classic silent film comedy on Saturday, July 26 at 3:00 PM. Admission will be free, but space is very limited, so reservations will be required. Stay tuned for information on how to get your ticket.
3/10/14- Walking Wheel Many thanks to museum friend Betty McNally of Brunswick, seen above, demonstrating how to spin on a beautiful walking wheel which she has generously donated to the museum. The wheel was made around 1800, in northern Maine or New Brunswick. Look for it on display soon!
2/18/14- Beede’s Piano Museum visitors can look forward to some music in our upcoming cultural and educational programs, thanks to the generosity of Sylvia and Clyde Wiggin of West Fryeburg, ME who donated this beautiful Ludwig piano, built in 1898. The piano originally belonged to Slyvia’s great aunt Beede Parker of Berlin, NH. Beede worked at the Brown Company Mill and had owned the piano since she was a teenager.