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Ogunquit Heritage Museum

OHM Opens for 20th Season The Ogunquit Heritage Museum at the Captain James Winn House, 86 Obeds Lane in Ogunquit, opens for its 20th season on Wednesday, June 1st. The museum will be open from June 1-Oct. 31, Tuesday through Saturday from 1-5 p.m.
The Museum is excited to be doing an exhibit on the history of the Ogunquit Fire Company. Does anyone remember Firemen Field Days, also known as "Musters?" The firemen loaned the Museum hundreds of photos including many fires battled in and around town starting early in the 20th century. There will also be some equipment on display. There will be an expansive exhibit on two of Ogunquit’s cherished artists from yesteryear -- J. Scott Smart and Beverly Hallam. They were great pals. Jack was an actor and famous radio show personality known as "the Fat Man" who retired to Maine to concentrate on painting and sculpting. Beverly was a painter, printmaker, and lifelong educator. She was a key member of Ogunquit’s art community and was known nationally as a pioneering postwar female artist. In the small borning room, a permanent collection gives prominence to a pair of Ogunquit's famous teahouses, The Dan Sing Fan and The Whistling Oyster. The ell houses the Perkins Cove collection, including a replica of a fish shack. Last, but not least, is a presentation of the Museum celebrating 20 years. So much has been accomplished in that time -- bringing the Capt. James Winn house, ca.1780, to its current location, restoring the house, building the ell, replicating an Ogunquit Dory, many exhibits that changed annually. The Heritage Museum participated in many open houses for Christmas by the Sea, created the town's Ghostly Tours, and inaugurated last summer our Perkins Cove historic walking tours. Over the years, the Museum has held meetings to capture on video some of the town's most well-known buildings, places, and events, under the title of "Do You Remember..." The Museum houses the extensive Charles Littlefield Seaman Library with information on Maine families and towns through the years. It is the home of a reproduction of the famous Ogunquit dory and is one of the few places currently selling Kenney Bassett’s book, Wish You Were Here, a great new resource for anyone longing for and loving old Ogunquit.
In celebrating its 20th year, the Museum thanks all the wonderful townspeople who volunteered, helped, and supported it over the years, and look forward to another 20 years showcasing remembrances of Ogunquit's unique past and present. Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted. For more information, please call 207-646-0296.

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