Abbe Museum Holds Annual Open house 

The Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor has been helping Maine people to better understand Native American culture since 1929. Sunday they had a chance to show off just a bit with their annual open house. Some folks here in Bar Harbor mark this event on their calendar. For others it’s a chance to get their first look and find out exactly what they do here. Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko is the CEO of the museum and is proud to show off their work. “The Abbe Museum is a wonderful place to learn about Maine’s Native American heritage and our mission is to inspire new learnings about the Wabanaki nation with every visit so we concentrate on what Maine has to offer in Native American heritage,” she says.Maine’s Native American history is a mix of the past and present. “With Maine you have a heritage and a history which is uninterrupted, “says Catlin-Legutko, “in other parts of the nation you have a removal story or you have a break in a cultural path but with the Wabanaki, the Penobscot, the Passamaquoddy, that we have here in Maine. They never left and it’s an incredible legacy and heritage they cherish.”At Sunday’s open house local children had the chance to learn about that heritage with a hands on approach. “Of course they love it, there’s stuff to think about, there’s artifacts to get their hands on and get messy and to take home and put on their tree and use year round,” says Catlin-Legutko.Staff here want the kids to explore all the museum has to offer. Sandy Wilcox is the President of the Board of Trustees and she runs a craft table for kids during the open house. “I hope they get to see more of the museum than just the craft tables,” says Wilcox, “if they go through some of the exhibits that they’ll get a chance to see examples of artifacts that have been recovered in archaeological digs and they also get a chance to see the art of contemporary artists.”The adults on hand also enjoyed the day. “My favorite is the exhibit of the blankets just piled high and colorful and beautiful,” says Lynne Berzinis of Southwest Harbor.But in the end, says Wilcox, the day belonged to the kids. “Well I hope they take away some learning.”