August 18, 2019

Hudson Museum excels

A recent letter to the editor (BDN, Dec. 25) concerning the donation of ancient Peruvian artifacts to the Hudson Museum at the University of Maine contained factual errors that should be corrected.

Contrary to the assertion in the letter, these fascinating artifacts — along with the rest of the Hudson Museum’s collection — are indeed available for public display and review. The writer apparently believed a special showing of the Peruvian artifacts for members of the Hudson Museum Friends organization somehow meant that public access to the collection would be limited or denied.

That was not, and never is, the case. The Hudson Museum Friends are members of the public who wish to provide support for the programs offered by the museum. The Hudson Museum takes pride in its accessibility, as demonstrated in our free-admission policy — and by the fact that each year more than 75,000 people of all ages visit us in our home in the Maine Center for the Arts in Orono at UMaine.

The Hudson Museum features exceptional displays and programs, including exhibits of objects from traditional cultures in Maine and around the world, guest lectures, and collectors’ workshops.

In addition, each year the museum provides special educational programming aimed at young people, as evidenced by the 5,000 Maine children from grades K-12 who visit the museum annually.

Our museum is recognized by experts and casual observers alike for its quality and uniqueness. Scholars from around the world have requested access to the Hudson Museum’s collections for research purposes. In addition, the Hudson Museum was the only university museum in the United States to receive a Preservation and Access grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1997. That award and others acknowledge the exceptional standards and practices of the Hudson Museum at the highest levels of the museum community. Stephen L. Whittington Director Hudson Museum University of Maine Orono

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