The first event of the summer at the Rockville Community Chapel will feature Kevin Johnson, photo archivist for the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport. His illustrated talk Rockport: The Postcard View; Selections from the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company is set for Sunday, June 30, at 2 p.m. at the Rockville Community Chapel, 87 Old Rockland St.

The slide show and talk will consist of the story of the postcard company, as well as the historical views of Rockport and the surrounding towns. The Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company was founded in 1909 in Belfast by Rockland native Rudolph Herman Cassens. Cassens' goal was to photograph small towns and rural areas from Maine to California, producing "real photo" postcards that would be valued for promoting tourism. He did not fulfill his dream of photographing the entire country, but his company did produce more than 50,000 glass plate negatives of New England and Upstate New York between 1909 and 1947.

The collection is now part of the archives of the Penobscot Marine Museum and continues to grow as more negatives that "escaped" from the collection are located and acquired. Thousands of the images can now be viewed via an online database at

The chapel is celebrating the completion of a multi-part restoration with the addition of a 19-foot fiberglass steeple and three-foot cross. A Sing-Along with Sybil Wentworth and the Old Tyme Sing-Along Gang will take place Sunday, July 14, at 3 p.m.; and a crowd-pleasing favorite concert by the Windjammer Barbershop Chorus is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 18, at 2 p.m. For more information, visit or the chapel’s Facebook page.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or