Maine Historical Society



Current Exhibit

Passionate Pursuits: History Through the Collector's Eye

Friday, June 30 — Saturday, December 30, 2006

Exhibit Poster

Passionate Pursuits — History Through the Collector's Eye was an original exhibit presented by Maine Historical Society. On exhibit in the museum gallery were selected groups of objects from the holdings of collectors across the state. Invited collectors were asked to select 10–15 specimens for display, write object labels, and provide a personal statement about why he or she became interested in a particular material, and how that material reflects Maine history — in each case revealing the human story of the objects and the collector.

"Separately these collections record historical moments and personal stories," notes MHS Curator John Mayer. "Together they show the changing nature of life in Maine, and demonstrate how individual collectors play a vital roll preserving our history."

Passionate Pursuits divulged the efforts of collectors who have made Maine materials their focus — and passion. All are things that were gathered and helped document Maine's history. Soda pop bottles from Maine villages, portraits of Maine–made ships, yardsticks from Maine dry goods stores, industrial gauges from boiler rooms across Maine, and many other unusual and interesting groups of artifacts were on view.