The handiwork of four local quilters, Linda Shepard, Joyce Grotton, Sylvia Lundevall, and Karen Poulin, is on display at Union’s Vose Library from June 2 through June 30 during library hours. A variety of quilts are on exhibit and include wall hangings, fabric art, table runners, and more.
Vose Library plans to feature local artists throughout the year. For more information, please call the library at 785-4733.
The library will host China: Exploring the Interior, 1903-04, an exhibit of photographs taken by Maine native and topographer R. Harvey Sargent during an early 20th century expedition to northern interior China. These historical photographs present a rare glimpse of the lifestyle, culture and environment of China before the Cultural Revolution. Sargent took the photographs as snapshots during a Carnegie Institute expedition to the remote interior of China to search for fossils and map the area for the first time. These remarkable photographs were carefully preserved by the Sargent family and have been newly reprinted from the original negatives for the exhibit. The exhibit will open Tuesday, June 11, and will be on display during open hours until Friday, September 6. On Saturday, June 22 at 10 am, Robert Sargent, grandson of the photographer, will talk about his grandfather’s life and times.
As the closing event of an exhibit which has been on display at Vose Library since January, the library and Union Historical Society will co-host a slide presentation of early 20th century images of Knox County scenes and locations at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday May 9 in the Old Town House, Town House Road, Union. Kevin Johnson, photo archivist for the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, will present the slides and tell about the photos in the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co. Collection. The Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co. was founded in 1909 by Rudolph Herman Cassens, a native of Rockland. Cassens’ goal was to photograph small towns and rural areas from Maine to California, producing postcards that would be valued for promoting tourism. In 1916, Maine’s Governor Oakley C. Curtis proclaimed April 19 to be Postcard Day. He asked every Maine resident to mail six postcards to friends and family, urging them to visit Maine for a vacation. Cassens never got beyond his original focus on Maine and the rest of New England and upstate New York, but his company produced over 40,000 glass plate negatives for “real photo postcards” from 1909 to the early 1950’s, at its headquarters in Belfast. Now enlarged, mounted and framed, the Knox County images are fascinating and take viewers back in time.
We are pleased to host the traveling photography exhibit “Knox County Through Eastern’s Eye” produced by Penobscot Marine Museum. The exhibit is drawn from the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company collection, based on glass plate negatives shot from 1909 through the 1950s for use as photo postcards. The museum has more than 50,000 glass plate negatives of one-of-a-kind images of farms, industries, small businesses, stores, bridges, schools, and other “ordinary scenes.” The exhibit features 30 framed prints with captions, and a companion “virtual exhibit” on the museum’s website features dozens more photos and captions.
Vose Library plans to host a presentation on the photographs in partnership with the Union Historical Society sometime in the spring; please stay tuned for more details.
Vose Library celebrates June as LGBT Pride Month. We honor the diversity in our community and welcome our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning friends and neighbors and their allies. Visit the library to see our display of LGBT-related books and movies. The White House has issued an official proclamation, and you can watch a video of President Obama highlighting the unsung heroes of the LGBT community.