The first event of the summer at Rockville Community Chapel features Kevin Johnson, photo archivist for Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport. He will present “Rockport: The Postcard View; Selections from the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company” at 2 p.m. June 30 at Rockville Community Chapel. The slide show and talk will consist of the story of the postcard company as well as historical images of Rockport and the surrounding towns.

The Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company was founded in 1909 in Belfast by 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. Cassens 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 images are fascinating on many levels. They take viewers back in time to when the roads were still dirt, horse-drawn carriages outnumbered cars, coastlines were undeveloped and elms lined the streets. The collection is now part of the archives of Penobscot Marine Museum and continues to grow as more negatives that "escaped" from the collection are located and acquired. The collection is being digitized and thousands of the images can now be viewed on the museum's website in their online database at

The chapel is celebrating the completion of a multi-part restoration with the addition of a 19-foot fiberglass steeple and 3-foot cross. Come and see what all the excitement is about. Rockville Community Chapel is located at 87 Old Rockland St. in Rockport.

A Sing-Along with Sybil Wentworth and the Old Tyme Sing-Along Gang will take place on July 14 at 3 p.m. and a crowd-pleasing favorite concert by the Windjammer Barbershop Chorus is scheduled for Aug. 18 at 2 p.m. For more information, visit Facebook and