&quot:It’s a remarkable area when you think about the history that’s happened here and the people that have come and gone and the stories they’ve left behind and it really continues to this day. There is a very active seaport right across the street from us and ship building is still going on here today and it’s just an area that is so rich with history and great stories and our goal is to try to tell some of these stories.&quot:THE PENOBSCOT MARINE MUSEUM IS NOT JUST ONE BUILDING ON ROUTE ONE IN SEARSPORT…THERE ARE ACTUALLY 14 OF THEM, AND SEVERAL ARE ON THE NATIONAL REGISTRY OF HISTORIC PLACES.OPENED IN 1936, IT’S THE OLDEST MARINE MUSEUM IN MAINE.&quot:It was opened by a group of individuals who I think saw the maritime history and culture and material culture – artifacts fading from view you know were being lost over the years and they wanted to do what they could to preserve not only that but the stories and the heritage of this whole region.&quot:AMONG OTHER EXHIBITS, THE MUSEUM SHOWCASES A PAIR OF BOAT HOUSES, A SEA CAPTAIN’S HOME, AND AN ART GALLERY.&quot:I think a lot of people are surprised to learn we have one of the finest art collections anywhere in the country when it comes to maritime art, our scrimshaw collection, our painting collection is a treasure and so people are thrilled to discover that and spend time looking at those paintings and learning about maritime art.&quot:ONE PIECE IN THE MUSEUM’S COLLECTION CAN BE EXPANDED TO INCLUDE MANY OTHERS.&quot: Say we found a painting of a ship, well we know maybe who built the ship or who the master of the ship was and we know what house he lived in which is still standing here in Searsport and we might have his diary or journal in our collection here, we’ve got a photograph hanging downstairs in the exhibit so it’s a really rich multi-layered approach to the stories and we’re able to learn more and more and find out about that and keep adding to what we know.&quot:NILES SAYS THE BEST PARTS OF HIS JOB ARE WHEN HISTORY INTERACTS WITH TODAY.&quot: As one of our staff members was giving a tour to some people who knew a story that someone in their family had donated an artifact to the museum, well during the tour we came across that artifact and there was a picture of her father in our files associated with the artifact and she just started crying and had made that personal, again connecting with history and it was just obviously a really moving experience for her.&quot: