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Oldest film shot in Maine to be shown at Penobscot Marine Museum's Annual History Conference

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SEARSPORT A clip from the oldest film shot in Maine will be shown during Wish You Were Here: Communicating Maine's Unique Sense of Place, Penobscot Marine Museum's 2015 History Conference. The Conference this year brings together Northeast Historic Film, Maine Folklife Center and historians and writers Jay Davis, David Andrews, William Bunting and Kevin Johnson to discuss Maine's unusual sense of place and how it has been communicated, preserved or changed over the last one hundred years.

The oldest known film taken in Maine was shot in 1901, and a clip of this historic film will be shown by Northeast Historic Film's new Executive Director Brook Minner in her talk on preserving Maine's moving image history. Maine Folklife Center's Katrina Wynn will present audio clips of stories told by Mainers on topics ranging from logging to Wabanaki culture and discuss how preserving Maine's oral histories adds to its sense of place.

The vibrant photographic portrait of Maine created by Peggy McKenna (1947 2014) in her work for Down East, Waldo Independent, and Republican Journal will be discussed by former newspaper editor Jay Davis. For more information on the History Conference or to purchase tickets, go to or call 548-2529. Wish You Were Here: Communicating Maine's Unique Sense of Place will be held at University of Maine's Hutchinson Center in Belfast, Maine on Saturday, Oct. 24, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


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