On Land and Sea: Treasures of the Museum
Thirty years ago, a small group of people met in the Hall and formed the Chebeague Island Historical Society. Over the years, the Society has collected and preserved the island’s photographs, artifacts and written records as an integral part of its mission. Thousands of items have been collected and are stored at the Museum in climate-controlled storage or in the Society’s photo database. The Chebeague Island Historical Society’s 2014 exhibit, On Land and Sea, displays more than 220 images and artifacts that were generously donated to the Museum or were bought by the Bates or Leonard funds. We are able to inform the viewer about aspects of Chebeague’s prehistoric, maritime, agricultural, domestic, educational, and religious legacies because of the generosity of people who care about Chebeague. The exhibit includes a series of maps that depict Chebeague’s progression from an isolated subsistence agrarian economy of only a few families to a community with churches, schools, and a diversified economy. The maps show the island’s physical characteristics, built landscape, and the evolution of the island’s name, while charts show some of the fishing grounds with courses marked by the fishermen themselves.