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Pejepscot History Center Zoom at Noon: Scrimshaw: From Folk Art to Fine Art 12:00 PM Virtual-- Zoom Link sent upon registration.

Scrimshaw: From Folk Art to Fine Art
with Korinne Tanzer
Thursday, March 23 at Noon, via Zoom

Scrimshaw, the ubiquitous American folk art, has been a familiar sight in many New England homes since whalers first brought their art home from long voyages. Intricately carved bone, images darkened with ink, are evocative mementos of a society that heavily relied on the sea. In this talk, Korinne Tanzer explores examples of scrimshaw made by sailors for not only for their personal use, but also given as love and friendship tokens, and how this humble folk art evolved into the fine art.

Korinne Tanzer is currently obtaining a bachelor’s degree in History through Arizona State University online. She has been involved as a volunteer researcher for Pejepscot History Center for two years, and is also a volunteer with Lincoln County Historical Association. Currently a member of the Wiscasset Old Jail stewardship committee, she has been researching the lives of many of the 19th century inmates. Korinne has a passion for maritime history and LGBT+ history. She currently runs a blog devoted to maritime, Maine, and queer history and her favorite Jane Austen novel is Emma. She can be reached at

Tickets: $5 PHC Members; $8 General Admission


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