“Relics, Collections, Places, and Memories,” an exhibition of photographs by Camden resident John Boeckeler, will be on view Tuesday evening, Aug. 16, at the Hope Historical Society's home at 479 Camden Road/Route 105 in Hope Corner. Following a brief business meeting at 7 p.m., Boeckeler will give a brief talk about his photographs and the project. The meeting and talk are open to the public, and there will be refreshments following the meeting.

Influenced by John Mansfield's 1993 book “In the Memory House,” Boeckeler began this series of photographs in 1999. Mansfield's book explores the small museums and historical societies of New England whose collections tend to be a “jumble of patriotic relics and thousands of small acts of homage."

Boeckeler began his project by photographing at the Kimball-Jenkins house in Concord, N.H., and has gone on to photograph at meeting houses, churches and historical societies in Maine. The subjects of these photographs range from old dresses in historical society collections in Union and Fairfield to faded posters lining a barn at Thomaston; from exhibits at the L.C. Bates Museum to frescoes at the South Solon Meeting House and trompe l'oeil art at the Readfield Meeting House. As the project continued, he incorporated photographs of the Canterbury Shaker Village, southern ruins and family possessions.

Boeckeler has had solo exhibitions at Hampshire College, Amherst, Mass; Portland Public Library; the New Hampshire Institute of Art and the University of Maine at Machias. He has been part of group exhibitions at the University of New Hampshire; and the University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor. In 1998, he was Artist in Residence at Acadia National Park.

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