Boom, Bust and Beauty: Commerce and Culture in Southern Maine, 1785-1835
May 28 - August 13, 2022
The Saco Museum presents Boom, Bust, and Beauty: Commerce and Culture in Southern Maine, 1785-1835. The early 19th century was an eventful time in southern Maine, a time when the boom times were alternating with the bad. The profitable lumber trade with the West Indies brought Maine ships laden with rum and molasses. Fine houses and fashionable goods flourished, but causes for celebration were tampered by the Embargo of 1807, the War of 1812, the "year without summer" of 1816, and other local disturbances. Using archival materials and rarely-seen objects from the museum's collection, Boom, Bust and Beauty will describe how these events affected the people of southern Maine.
MAKING HISTORY: Art and Industry in the Saco River Valley
Come see the history of the Saco River Valley as you never have before, with art, historical artifacts, computer activities, and hands-on exhibits for all ages! This exhibit is a part of a multi-venue exhibition of local history funded by a Preserve America grant administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, and by the Maine Humanities Council.