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Uncommon Threads Opens on May 23, 2009

The Maine State Museum’s newest exhibit, Uncommon Threads: Wabanaki Textiles, Clothing, and Costume opens on May 23, 2009. The exhibit will be shown at the State Museum for at least a year, before it travels to museum venues in the U.S. and Canada.

Uncommon Threads is a landmark exhibition for the State Museum. In it, co-curators Bruce Bourque and Laurie LaBar, bring together, for the first time, significant historic examples of the beautiful but little known textile arts of the Wabanakis, the Native people of Maine, southeastern Quebec, and the Maritime Provinces.

Many of the one hundred objects in this unprecedented exhibition come from the State Museum’s own collections. Museums and private collections throughout the U.S., Canada, and Australia lent other objects, including a beautifully decorated ceremonial chief’s coat from the 1800s and a complex, intricately twined bag dating to the late 1600s. Touch and sound stations throughout the exhibition supplement these artifacts and provide another level of educational interaction and engagement for visitors of all ages.

A companion volume, Uncommon Threads: Wabanaki Textiles, Clothing, and Costume, authored by Bruce Bourque and Laurie LaBar, will be available for sale at the Museum Store for the exhibit’s duration.


Beginning July 1, 2009
The Maine State Museum is open Tuesday through Friday 9 AM to 5 PM
Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM
Sunday and Monday - Closed

Closed all state holidays and state government closure days.  In 2009, state government closure days are July 6, August 7, September 4, October 9, and December 24.

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