News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, August 9, 2018
Exhibit curator to discuss treasure hunt into Castine history

Join the Castine Historical Society on Tuesday, August 14, at 5 p.m. for a behind-the-scenes exhibit talk presented by curator Paige Lilly. The talk will focus on the Historical Society’s 2018 seasonal exhibit, “Castine’s Devoted Women: Social Change and Public Service.” Wine and cheese will be served at the beginning of the talk. The event is free of charge and no reservations are required.

During the tour, attendees will learn how preparing for the 2018 seasonal exhibit has been like a treasure hunt. The exhibit focuses on Mary W. (Molly) Dewson and Mary G. (Polly) Porter, their life together in New York and Castine, and the significant role Molly played in 1930s American politics. The storyline is based on 28 Porter-Dewson scrapbooks donated to the Castine Historical Society.

The exhibit displays pictures and words to explore topics important to Molly and Polly. The exhibit also highlights other Castine women devoted to politics, social reform, public service, women’s rights, and marriage equality.

The exhibits are open daily until September 3, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. For information: