Ski Museum of Maine to present at library Dec. 17

Dec 01, 2017
Courtesy of: Ski Museum of Maine The Ski Museum of Maine presents a program at Camden Public Library Dec. 17.

Camden — The Ski Museum of Maine will be at the Camden Public Library, 55 Main St., Sunday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. as part of the Winter History Series. The series is co-sponsored by the Camden-Rockport Historical Society.

The Ski Museum’s mission is to “celebrate and preserve the history and heritage of Maine skiing.” The board of directors has undertaken a number of projects to identify and preserve Maine's skiing heritage and to share this heritage with all generations.

The Ski Museum of Maine was founded in 1995 by a small circle of friends who were members of the Sugarloaf Mountain Ski Club. During its first decade, this group formed a nonprofit corporation and obtained a grant to store and accession an initial collection of documents and artifacts. New members joined during these first 10 years, and the nascent museum published a newsletter.

In 2006 the museum opened a physical exhibit in Farmington and hired an executive director to oversee the facility and direct the museum’s operations. In 2009 the museum moved to its current location in downtown Kingfield, above the Sugarloaf Outlet store.

The focus of the museum is on educating everyone about Maine ski history. Within the museum visitors can learn about Paris Manufacturing, and watch the video “From Tree to Ski,” which explains how skis were manufactured in the 1930s. On the Made In Maine wall, they can see displays featuring “Bass” boots, Skis made in Maine – both old skis from the first manufacturers up in northern Aroostook County and new “boutique” skis currently being manufactured in Maine.

The museum has Theo Johnsen’s ski collection., a kit of replica skis he used selling products through his company, “Tajco” out of Portland in the early1900s. There is a display of 10th Mountain Division memorabilia from the Second World War in one corner. Then, there's the infamous “Memory Lane” – a place where visitors can find the skis that they first skied on! This group of skis is where visitors can linger and reminisce about days long ago, and share stories.

Also within the museum, visitors can find many Ski Annuals, a library of ski books and magazines, memorabilia from the “Lost” Ski Mountains in Maine, and many items from resorts – both small and large -- in Maine. There is something for everyone to discover.

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