Great Harbor Maritime Museum Exhibits “Beacons of Hope: Boats & History of the Maine Seacoast Mission”

by | Jul 1, 2023 | News

“Beacons of Hope” provides highlights of the Mission, from our founding in 1905 to present day. The exhibition at the Great Harbor Maritime Museum in Northeast Harbor is the featured exhibit for this summer season. 

The Museum and the Mission will host an opening reception on Thursday, August 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. Visitors can also see the exhibit during the Museum’s normal operating hours, which are Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Beacons of Hope” traces the Mission’s history by featuring information and artifacts documenting the seven Mission boats, from sail to diesel, and healthcare services and outreach to islands, lighthouses, and coastal communities. Some of the items on display include models of Sunbeam III and Sunbeam IV, a portable dentist chair bought by the Mission in 1931, and hooked rugs made by the Mission’s Hooked Rug Department in the 1930s. There are also other photos and artifacts that highlight the work done by Mission employees including nurses, boat captains, and more.  

Located in the former firehouse and town office, the Great Harbor Maritime Museum celebrates the maritime heritage of the Mount Desert Island region. To learn more, please visit  

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