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Ice Harvesting on the Kennebec River 12:00 PM Curtis Memorial Library , Brunswick

Midcoast Senior College presents its FREE "Winter Wisdom" series sponsored by The Highlands. Each week presents a new topic and speaker.

This illustrated lecture will explore the harvesting and export of natural ice—an industry that was a staple of Maine's (once) frigid winters. Maine ice had a reputation as the thickest, purest ice money could buy, and clean Kennebec ice was advertised up and down the East Coast as the premier product. In addition to giving a brief explanation of ice harvesting, this talk, accompanied by old black and white photos from the 1800s, will explore how Maine ice-built riches and political controversy, and how natural ice stayed competitive in the face of technological advances. Christopher Timm is Executive Director of Maine Maritime Museum, which works to preserve and share Maine’s vibrant maritime culture. Chris previously served as Chief Curator and Director of External Affairs. His curatorial work focused on expanding the museum’s mission to consider globalization, cultural identity, and environmental themes; as Executive Director he now continues this work to expand the museum’s audience and civic mission. Prior to joining the museum in 2016, he taught at Florida State University.

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