July 12th, 2019

A rare 18 th century map of the Penobscot Expedition in Castine will be auctioned off at the Historical Society’s summer fundraiser.Castine: On Monday, July 29 the Castine Historical Society will host their annual summer fundraiser. This year’s theme is Summer in Full Bloom to celebrate the beautiful multi-terraced gardens of the Parson Mason House in Castine where the event will be held. The party begins at 5:00 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Throughout the evening there will be a live and silent auction. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Castine Historical Society. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Adams School Calvineers’ December 2019 trip to the North Atlantic Right Whale Conference in Barcelona, Spain.

Tickets for the evening are $85 for current Historical Society members and $95 for not-yet- members. To purchase tickets call 326-4118 or purchase them online at castinehistoricalsociety.org/summer-in-full-bloom-a-garden-party-fundraiser-auction. The evening has been graciously sponsored by Hinckley Yachts.

Attendees of the cocktail event will have the opportunity to not only see an exquisite garden in Castine, but also to purchase an array of silent and live auction items. Among the live auction items will be trips to Guatemala and a ski house near Winter Park, Colorado. All auction items can be viewed on the Historical Society’s website castinehistoricalsociety.org.

One of the more interesting live auction items is a rare, 18th century map that documents the naval defeat of the 1779 Penobscot Expedition in Castine from the British perspective.  The 1785 map was printed in England to accompany Rapin’s History of England.  The map to be auctioned is matted and framed and in overall very good condition. It is being donated in support of the Calvineers by The Big Chicken Barn in Ellsworth.  A similar map is in the collection of the Castine Historical Society graciously donated by Val Scott in 2017.

Members of the Adams School Calvineers will be at the fundraiser and attendees can meet them and learn about their important research on the endangered Right Whale. These passionate and knowledgeable students are excited about their opportunity to attend the North Atlantic Right Whale Conference and present their findings before world acclaimed scientists.  “Each year, the Castine Historical Society’s summer fundraiser is an anticipated event in Castine” says Lisa Haugen, Fundraising Chair for the Castine Historical Society’s Board of Directors. “We look forward to raising funds to assist the Calvineers’ trip to Barcelona, while at the same time providing needed funds for the Historical Society. We would also like to thank our event sponsor, Hinckley Yachts who are helping to make this fundraising event a success.”

The Castine Historical Society opens a window into Castine’s extraordinary past through preserving local history and hosting changing exhibitions, lectures, town walking tours, house and garden tours, and historic reenactments. The Historical Society’s Abbott School features the
exhibit gallery, gift shop, and a community meeting space at 17 School Street, Castine. The Grindle House offices and research library at 13 School Street are open year-round. The exhibits are open daily through September 2, Monday – Saturday, 10-4; Sunday, 1-4. Fall hours are September 6 – October 14, Friday, Saturday, Monday, 10-4; Sunday, 1-4. For more information visit castinehistoricalsociety.org, call 207-326-4118, or email info@castinehistoricalsociety.org.