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Rebekah Raye wraps up Explorations & Adventures summer – History & Heritage events continue

August 17, 2011

Illustrations by Explorations & Adventures childrenYesterday morning’s Explorations and Adventures program concluded a very successful seven-week series, coordinated and led by the volunteers of the Downeast Lakes Land Trust Education Committee.  Professional artist and illustrator of Maine children’s books Rebekah Raye of Blue Hill was featured in yesterday’s session.  Ten kids learned about illustrating and created their own animal pictures during the morning.

Child with IllustrationOver the course of the summer, these 10 and other local and visiting children made memory books, learned about photography, hiked up Wabassus Mountain, visited Dawn Marie Beach, and met authors and illustrators of Maine children’s books: all under the theme of “Animals, Books, and Children in Grand Lake Stream”.

Children hiking Wabassus Mountain“Explorations & Adventures” will be back next summer, but DLLT’s Education Program continues starting tomorrow (Thursday, Aug. 18th), with a History & Heritage Series presentation by Dr. Steven Cox on Prehistory of the St. Croix region.  His knowledge of the rich local Native American heritage is based on academic field research, archaeological mitigation surveys associated with dam re-licensing, cooperative field research with the Passamaquoddy, and study of amateur collections, particularly that of Eddie Brown of Grand Lake Stream, which is now housed at the State Museum. He will examine such topics as how people made a living in the region thousands of years ago, prehistoric cultural contacts with the rest of New England and the Maritimes, and the impact of European trade and settlement on the native populations. Bring your questions to the town building at 6:30 PM.

This should be a good introduction before Tribes of the Dawn Land Cultural and Heritage Days this weekend in Indian Township.

Also mark your calendar for a History & Heritage Discussion on the writings of Edmund Ware Smith September 15, and a talk and discussion on Maine Climate History by Dr. George Jacobson on September 29th.