News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, June 3, 2021
Quilt creators to lead talk in honor of anniversary

Full quilt on display

The Bicentennial Quilt was unveiled at the Castine Historical Society in 1996.

Photo courtesy of Castine Historical Society

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the unveiling of the Castine Community Bicentennial Quilt. To mark the event, the Castine Historical Society is hosting a free Zoom talk on Tuesday, June 15, at 6:30 p.m. led by three of the women who were instrumental in designing and creating the quilt: Charleen Wiseman, Margaret Parker, and Carolyn Ulrich, according to a press release. To attend, you must preregister by June 14, either online at or by calling the historical society at 326-4118.

The speakers will give their perspectives on how community members decided to design and create a quilt to commemorate Castine’s incorporation as a town in 1796. The result, which was unveiled and donated in 1996 to the historical society, was a 24-foot-long quilted mural designed and quilted by over 60 women, men, and children from Castine. Each season, the magnificent quilt is on display at the historical society, which serves as a window into Castine’s extraordinary past.

Exhibits are free and open June 11 through October 11, on Friday, Saturday, and Monday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Abbott School gallery at 17 School Street, Castine. For further information about exhibits, events, and the Castine Historical Society, visit, call 207-326-4118, or email />