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Bristol Area Lions Learn about the Maine Maritime Museum 10/11/2013

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Lion and Museum board member Paul Anderson presents a certificate of appreciation to Amy Lent, Executive Director of the Maine Maritime Museum for her presentation.

Lion and Museum board member Paul Anderson presents a certificate of appreciation to Amy Lent, Executive Director of the Maine Maritime Museum for her presentation.

At the most recent meeting of the Bristol Area Lions Club, Paul Anderson introduced Amy Lent, Executive Director of the Maine Maritime Museum since July 2006.

Lent graduated from the State University of New York with a B.S. in marketing which Anderson noted was probably the key to her success in rejuvenating the museum. Lent had a successful management career, including positions in product marketing and promotions for Saks Fifth Avenue.

She made a successful transition to the museum field in 1999 when she held a senior position responsible for marketing and operations promotions at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Bucks County, Pa. Buck’s County.

As Executive Director she has led the Maine Maritime Museum through a new strategic direction that embraced a broader interpretation of the maritime experience and a focus on contemporary issues.

In 2010, the museum completed the successful merger with the Portland Harbor Museum assuming their collection and expanding their educational programs into Portland. In 2012, the museum celebrated its 50th anniversary and was named one of the top ten maritime museums in the world.

In June of 2013, the sculpture of the schooner “Wyoming” was completed by raising six 120 foot high masts. At 444 feet from the tip of the bowsprit to the stern it was the largest wooden sailing vessel ever built in North America. The outdoor sculpture at the site of the original construction allows one to experience its impressive size.

Today, the 20-acre campus with 18 buildings is dedicated to promoting an understanding and appreciation of Maine’s maritime heritage and culture through gallery exhibits, educational programs, a research library, narrated excursions along area waterways and a historic shipyard. Percy & Small Shipyard, the only intact shipyard site in the U.S. which built large wooden sailing vessels.

One can even tour behind-the-scenes at BIW, but be sure to reserve ahead with the museum.

They have a small staff or 28 with 250 volunteers, 1,600 members, almost 170 business partners and 50,000+ visitors a year.

It is time for another visit to the museum as their exhibits change several times a year. Currently, it is the U.S. Coast Guard including lighthouses and life saving.

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