The Muscongus Bay Atlas Exhibit, nearing the end of its tour of the region, will be on display in South Thomaston for much of January. The exhibit opens Friday, Jan. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Wessaweskeag Historical Society meeting room in the red schoolhouse at Dublin Road and Elm Street.

The 24 maps featured in the exhibit are enlarged versions of those found in the Muscongus Bay Atlas, which was published last year by the Quebec-Labrador Foundation. The maps show, among other features, the regional presence of historical sites, fishing, sailing and kayaking areas, wildlife habitats, and environmental monitoring sites. The maps were created by QLF in conjunction with members of its Muscongus Bay Project Steering Committee and over 85 data contributors and reviewers from the region.

In addition to a brief presentation by QLF Marine Program Director Jennifer Atkinson, the opening night will feature a slideshow of old and new photos of the Georges River as well as vintage maps of the area, compiled by the historical society. There will also be plenty of refreshments on hand as well as ample opportunity to view and discuss the maps and learn about the ongoing work of groups that collaborated to bring the event to South Thomaston. Admission to the event is free.

The exhibit opening represents a collaborative planning effort among QLF’s Marine Program in Waldoboro and a number of other local groups and residents who joined in to make this event possible. They include Friends of the Weskeag, Georges River Land Trust, Georges River Tidewater Association, Hoggy’s, South Thomaston Public Library, Spruce Head Post Office, town of South Thomaston and the Wessaweskeag Historical Society.

In the days following the opening, the maps will be displayed at various public areas around town — Hoggy’s, South Thomaston Public Library, South Thomaston Town Office and the Spruce Head Post Office — to allow residents more opportunities to view the maps during their daily rounds and weekend errands.

The exhibit will remain on display in South Thomaston through Jan. 31. For more information about the exhibit contact Amanda LaBelle at 832-8109 or alabelle@qlf.org.