Great Harbor Maritime Museum Exhibits “Beacons of Hope:” A Maritime Retrospective of Maine Seacoast Mission 

by | Jun 24, 2024 | News

A logo for the Great Harbor Maritime Museum

Great Harbor Maritime Museum’s exhibit “Beacons of Hope” shares highlights of Maine Seacoast Mission, from its founding in 1905 to present day. This is the second year the museum has highlighted the Mission and its archives. 

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Great Harbor Maritime Museum opens for the season on Tuesday, July 2. Visitors can see the exhibit during the Museum’s normal operating hours, which are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. seven days a week. Great Harbor Maritime Museum will host an opening reception later in July.

The exhibition traces the Mission’s history by featuring information and artifacts documenting the seven Mission boats 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.

“The Mission’s vast archive covers a period of more than 115 years. From captains’ hats to our remarkable hooked rugs to thousands of handwritten journals and reports from longtime employees. It’s an honor to showcase a small part of this collection with our neighbors at the Great Harbor Maritime Museum,” says Mission President John Zavodny.

Sunbeam tours will take place at 1:00 p.m. every Friday in July and August. These kid-friendly tours are free and open to the public. Each tour lasts 20 minutes. Those interested in attending may sign up at Great Harbor Maritime Museum in Northeast Harbor or contact the Mission at (207) 801-6008 or email [email protected]. Please note the town dock and ramp are not accessible to wheelchairs. Visitors should be able to maneuver up and down stairs. 

A black and white photo of a boat before it is launched into the water
An older hooked rug depicting a coastal scene with muted colors. There is a small house made in brown/gray wool and its next to an ocean of light blue wool.
A black and white photo of a boat with passengers standing on the hull. Labeled Morning Star
Two black and white photos. The first is of a bus that says "The Bureau of Health" with kids playing in front of it. The second is of a dentist

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