The exhibit is titled â€œThe Mountains of Maine: Skiing in the Pine Tree State,â€ and it has been open to the public for the past year at the New England Ski Museum in Franconia, New Hampshire. NESM has graciously loaned it to the Ski Museum of Maine, which will re-mount it in the Robinson House of the Bethel Historical Society.
NESMâ€™s display comprises about 60 photographs taken from its own collections and borrowed from others. It covers most of Maine skiing history, from the arrival of the first Swedish immigrants in Aroostook County in the late 1800s, and the narrative continues into the modern era.
The principal focus of the photo collection is the development of commercial and non-profit ski areas both large and small. Many of these ski hills, particularly the smallest ones, disappeared decades ago, but others, such as Sunday River, Mount Abram, Black Mountain of Maine and Shawnee Peak, remain important to our stateâ€™s skiing lifestyle.
The exhibit will be supplemented with artifacts and photos from the collections of the Ski Museum of Maine.
- Dates: June 24, 2016
- Location: Bethel