May 24, 2020

Abbe Museum head to talk on Maine’s native Americans

SORRENTO — The prehistory of Maine’s native Americans will be discussed before the Sullivan-Sorrento Historical Society at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the Sorrento Library. The meeting is open to the public.

Diane Kopec, director of the Robert Abbe Museum in Acadia National Park, will speak on the wide variety of tools of stone and bone, jewelry, clothing and other artifacts dating from 5,000 years ago to the present day found at many archaeological sites near Frenchman Bay and other areas along the Maine coast.

The collections of Indian antiquities in the Abbe Museum come from sites such as the one on the Gavin Watson property in East Sullivan that appear to have been summer villages occupied for many generations and may have served as trading posts at various times. Kopec will show slides of excavation sites and of items from the museum collection.

Members of the Sullivan-Sorrento Historical Society have renovated the society’s expanded quarters in the recreation center in West Sullivan. A new room, formerly part of the town office, will serve as an office and sales room with shelves and drawers for documents, photographs and old journals while the original room will allow for more a spacious display of artifacts and larger items. The public is invited to stop by to view the new headquarters open from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays.

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