Please check here often as we announce our 2022 season plans, as well as on the individual event pages of this website. You can also email us or call us at (207) 326-4118.
We continue to thank our members, supporters and visitors who are scattered across the country and world, for your ongoing support of the Castine Historical Society.
Open hours for Abbott School Exhibition Gallery
June 6 – September 5: Monday-Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm, Sunday 1-4 pm.
September 9 – October 10: Friday, Saturday, Monday, 10 am – 4 pm, Sunday 1-4 pm.
June 6–October 10: “Clark Fitz-Gerald: Castine’s Celebrated Sculptor-in-Residence” When Clark Fitz-Gerald (1917-2004) moved to Castine in 1956, he had already made a name for himself as a sculptor. Throughout his long career, he achieved regional, national, and international renown for his work. The exhibition features sculptures lent from private collections, with drawings, historic photographs, and writings from the Clark Fitz-Gerald archival collection donated to the Castine Historical Society by Fitz-Gerald’s family in 2017.
June 17–October 10: Castine Uncovered Walking Tours. Friday, Saturday & Monday 10:00 am An hour-long tour of historic Castine. Private tours at other times can be arranged with advance notice depending on guide availability.
Thursday, June 23: Clark Fitz-Gerald: Aspects of my Father’s Life, 5:30 p.m. An illustrated talk on the life and work of sculptor Clark Fitz-Gerald by his son, Stephan. If in person, the talk will be held at Emerson Hall.
Saturday, June 25: 2022 Season Open House, 4:00-6:00 p.m. Join us for this outdoor reception and viewing of our new exhibits. Refreshments served.
Thursday, June 30: Jewelry Valuation Day Fundraiser, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Book your pre-scheduled appointment for a preliminary valuation of your antique, vintage, or contemporary jewelry by Sacha Grippando of Bellwether Advisory & Appraisals. Limited to one piece per person in a 10 minute appointment. $15 per appointment. Schedule appointments at castinehistoricalsociety.org or by calling our office at 207-326-4118.
Thursday, June 30: Wearable Art – Studio Jewelry from the 1940-80s, 7:00 p.m. Sacha Grippando will give an illustrated talk on mid-20th century jewelry design to complement the CHS exhibition on the sculptor, Clark Fitz-Gerald. If in person, the talk will be held in the CHS Mitchell Room.
Wednesday, July 20: Castine House & Garden Tour Preview Party.
Friday, July 22: Castine House & Garden Tour, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tour nine beautiful homes and five gracious gardens all located within the town village. Tour tickets are $45 through July 10, and $50 beginning July 11 through the day of the event. Sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank and Saltmeadow Properties with media sponsor Down East Magazine/Maine Homes. For more information visit castinehousetour.org.
Thursday, August 4: The 13th Annual Deborah Pulliam Memorial Lecture, “Clark Fitz-Gerald: Castine’s Celebrated Sculptor-in Residence,” 7:00 p.m. Carl Little, guest curator for the Clark Fitz-Gerald exhibition, will deliver an illustrated lecture that highlights the life and work of the famed 20th-century sculptor, providing context for Fitz-Gerald’s place in modern sculpture in Maine and beyond. The talk will feature photographs, sketches, caricatures, and other materials from CHS’s Fitz-Gerald collection, donated by the artist’s family. If in person, the talk will be held in Delano Auditorium, Leavitt Hall on the campus of Maine Maritime Academy, Castine.
Saturday, August 6: Jibbies Art Class: Making Sculpture from Found Objects in Nature, 9:30 – Noon. This fun art class for all ages and abilities is co-sponsored by the Castine Arts Association. Led by facilitator Johanna Sweet, participants will learn how sculptor Clark Fitz-Gerald made his own Jibbies from nature. Groups will be led to Witherle Woods or the shore to collect material, followed by a chance to make Jibbies at CHS. The event is open to all ages, but class size is limited to 15. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration required at castinehistoricalsociety.org.
Thursday, August 18: Annual Meeting and Program: My Favorite Stories from Americans Who Tell the Truth, 4:00-6:00 p.m. Following a brief CHS business meeting, nationally-known artist, Robert Shetterly, will give a talk on portraits he’s painted and the stories of the people who affected him the most with their courage & commitment. A book signing will follow. If in person, the talk will be at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Castine.