Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 4, and to celebrate the re-opening of the Farnsworth Homestead, the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a four-part lecture series titled Historic Insight: A Closer Look at the Farnsworth Homestead. The series will take place consecutive Wednesday evenings at 5:30 p.m. in the downtown museum’s auditorium.

A Closer Look at the Farnsworth Homestead will offer insight into the history of the building, its decoration and the family members who inhabited it. The four lectures will be: Who Was Lucy Copeland Farnsworth?; Housing Our History: A Celebration of Place, Past & Community; Greek Revival in Maine: Domestic Architecture from 1830 to 1860; and Victorian Furniture at the Farnsworth Homestead.

The Sept. 4 lecture takes a closer look at Lucy Copeland Farnsworth, the museum’s founder, who grew up and lived most of her life in the Homestead. Since the time the Farnsworth Art Museum opened in 1948, a legend has grown up around her, a myth that has described her as mysterious and as a stingy eccentric, among other things. How did this myth evolve? Who was responsible for it? And, more importantly, is it accurate in describing a woman who devoted her family’s fortunes to creating a museum and library as well as opening her home as a historic site in her adopted home of Rockland? Lecturer Michael K. Komanecky is the Farnsworth’s Chief Curator and directed the restoration of the Farnsworth Homestead.

The next lecture in the series will discuss the importance of historical sites within our communities. The fee for the entire series is $45, $30 for Farnsworth members; registration for individual lectures is $15/$10. For more information on this series or to register, visit or call the Education Department at 596-0949.

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