THE Bangor daily news – Monday, september 4, 2017

Filmmaker dives to sunken steamboats in Moosehead Lake

THE PISCATAQUIS OBSERVER – friday, july 21, 2017

Moosehead Marine Museum receives two $10,000 grants for sunken steamboats documentary

WABI TV5 – WEDNESDAY, JULY 19, 2017

Grants to Help Fund Documentary About Steamboat Shipwrecks

MOOSEHEAD MARINE MUSEUM RECEIVES GRANTS FOR SUNKEN STEAMBOATS DOCUMENTARY PROJECT

GREENVILLE, Maine – The Moosehead Marine Museum (MMM) received two separate $10,000 grants from the Libra Foundation and the Fisher Charitable Foundation to support production of a historical documentary film featuring steamboat wrecks in Moosehead Lake.

The centerpiece of MMM’s collection is the 1914 steamboat Katahdin, according to Liz McKeil, museum executive director. It is the only remaining steamboat of a fleet of some 50 or more that once plied the waters of the state’s largest lake. “There is little documented about the fate of the other steamboats,” said McKeil. “We know the Katahdin I caught fire while underway and was run intentionally aground near Sandbar Island as a life saving measure, whereas the Twilight sank during overwintering at Steamboat Point. Anecdotal reports indicate that many of the steamboats, such as the Kineo, were burned to the waterline and sunk once they reached the end of their useful lives.”  

MMM is partnering with Ryan Robbins, the film’s Director and founder of Moosehead Lake Divers to identify and capture video of the sunken remains of at least three known wrecks in Moosehead Lake. The documentary, titled Sunken Steamboats of Moosehead Lake, will tell the story of steamboat history on Moosehead Lake by combining underwater footage of steamboat remains with historic still images and video oral history interviews. An earlier grant from Weyerhaeuser funded production of the oral history phase. The goal of the project is to research, document, and disseminate information about Moosehead Lake’s steamboating past.

Oral history interview production is currently underway and will continue over the summer. “It’s exciting to see the amount of interest from the community,” said Robbins. “The steamboats were the backbone of transportation for over 100 years on Moosehead Lake…and with every interview we learn just a little more about the story.”

The Moosehead Marine Museum’s mission is to preserve and operate the Katahdin as a “living museum” for the benefit of our community, region, and future generations. For more information please visit www.katahdincruises.com.

The Libra Foundation, based in Portland, Maine, was created by Elizabeth Noyce in 1989 and has made significant contributions to worthy causes throughout the State of Maine. Embracing the sense of proportion and fairness defined by its name, Libra, the Foundation maintains a balance and diversity of giving throughout Maine and across all populations. For more information please visit www.librafoundation.org.

The Fisher Charitable Foundation is a private operating foundation established by Dean L. Fisher, late of Rockport, Maine, which became active in 1997. The Mission Statement of the Foundation states that the Fisher Charitable Foundation provides grants to tax-exempt charitable, §501(c)(3) organizations, primarily in Maine.

Portland press herald – Sunday, february 26, 2017

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Weyerhaeuser Grant Kick-Starts Sunken Steamboats of Moosehead Lake Documentary Project

Oral history interviews to begin with people tied to steamboat history

GREENVILLE, ME, January 10, 2017 – The Moosehead Marine Museum is celebrating the first major grant awarded to kick off production of their historical documentary film: The Sunken Steamboats of Moosehead Lake. Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund awarded $5,000 to the project, which is being produced by the Moosehead Marine Museum in partnership with Ryan Robbins, founder of Moosehead Lake Divers and the film’s Director. The documentary will feature underwater video of steamboat wrecks in the lake, historical still images, and excerpts of oral history interviews.

“The grant gets the project off the ground so we can finally begin capturing the oral history interviews needed for the film. There are a lot of people whose lives were intertwined with Moosehead steamboats. We want to feature their experiences and let their voices tell the history first-hand,” said Ryan Robbins.

While parts of the oral history interviews will serve as the primary film narration, each of the full interviews will be transcribed, catalogued, added to the museum collection, and made available to the public. As indicated by Robbins, “The Sunken Steamboats of Moosehead Lake isn’t just a film about steamboats. It’s an oral history project involving real people sharing their own Maine history.”

“There’s a sense of urgency once you start meeting and talking to people who were personally involved with the steamboats, said Liz McKeil, Executive Director of the Moosehead Marine Museum. “There just aren’t many people left who remember that time. We want to capture this while we still can…and we’re really excited Weyerhaeuser is kicking things off with the first major contribution.”

The project launched a GoFundMe campaign in 2016. Both Robbins and McKeil are actively pursuing other grant sponsors to keep the project moving forward. They plan to conduct a dozen or so oral history interviews and have an updated trailer featuring the oral history part of the project ready in time for the 40th anniversary of the Moosehead Marine Museum this summer.

Tax-deductible contributions can be made by clicking the button below or by mail to: Moosehead Marine Museum, Attn: Steamboat Documentary, P.O. Box 1151, Greenville, ME 04441-1151.

 

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WFVX Fox 22, ABC 7 – Thursday, January 26, 2017

Submerged History to be Uncovered in Greenville

 

WWMJ I-95, 95.5FM – Thursday, January 19, 2017

Moosehead Marine Museum To Produce Film About Sunken Steamboats In Moosehead Lake

 

Bangor Daily News – Thursday, January 19, 2017

http://bangordailynews.com/community/weyerhaeuser-grant-kick-starts-sunken-steamboats-of-moosehead-lake-documentary/

The Piscataquis observer – wednesday, June 22, 2016

Historical Documentary Features Lost Moosehead Lake Steamboats

The Pulse Morning Show, WZON The Pulse AM 620 – Monday, June 6, 2016

207 on WCSH Channel 6 & WLBZ Channel 2 – Friday, May 27, 2016

http://www.wcsh6.com/news/local/207/the-sunken-steamboats-of-moosehead-lake/218126001

 

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Weyerhaeuser logo

Weyerhaeuser Grant Kick-Starts Sunken Steamboats of Moosehead Lake Documentary Project

Oral history interviews to begin with people tied to steamboat history

GREENVILLE, ME, January 10, 2017 – The Moosehead Marine Museum is celebrating the first major grant awarded to kick off production of their historical documentary film: The Sunken Steamboats of Moosehead Lake. Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund awarded $5,000 to the project, which is being produced by the Moosehead Marine Museum in partnership with Ryan Robbins, founder of Moosehead Lake Divers and the film’s Director. The documentary will feature underwater video of steamboat wrecks in the lake, historical still images, and excerpts of oral history interviews.

“The grant gets the project off the ground so we can finally begin capturing the oral history interviews needed for the film. There are a lot of people whose lives were intertwined with Moosehead steamboats. We want to feature their experiences and let their voices tell the history first-hand,” said Ryan Robbins.

While parts of the oral history interviews will serve as the primary film narration, each of the full interviews will be transcribed, catalogued, added to the museum collection, and made available to the public. As indicated by Robbins, “The Sunken Steamboats of Moosehead Lake isn’t just a film about steamboats. It’s an oral history project involving real people sharing their own Maine history.”

“There’s a sense of urgency once you start meeting and talking to people who were personally involved with the steamboats, said Liz McKeil, Executive Director of the Moosehead Marine Museum. “There just aren’t many people left who remember that time. We want to capture this while we still can…and we’re really excited Weyerhaeuser is kicking things off with the first major contribution.”

The project launched a GoFundMe campaign in 2016. Both Robbins and McKeil are actively pursuing other grant sponsors to keep the project moving forward. They plan to conduct a dozen or so oral history interviews and have an updated trailer featuring the oral history part of the project ready in time for the 40th anniversary of the Moosehead Marine Museum this summer.

Tax-deductible contributions can be made by clicking the button below or by mail to: Moosehead Marine Museum, Attn: Steamboat Documentary, P.O. Box 1151, Greenville, ME 04441-1151.

 

I WANT TO SUPPORT THIS PROJECT TOO!

WFVX Fox 22, ABC 7 – Thursday, January 26, 2017

Submerged History to be Uncovered in Greenville

 

WWMJ I-95, 95.5FM – Thursday, January 19, 2017

Moosehead Marine Museum To Produce Film About Sunken Steamboats In Moosehead Lake

 

Bangor Daily News – Thursday, January 19, 2017

http://bangordailynews.com/community/weyerhaeuser-grant-kick-starts-sunken-steamboats-of-moosehead-lake-documentary/

The Piscataquis observer – wednesday, June 22, 2016

Historical Documentary Features Lost Moosehead Lake Steamboats

The Pulse Morning Show, WZON The Pulse AM 620 – Monday, June 6, 2016

207 on WCSH Channel 6 & WLBZ Channel 2 – Friday, May 27, 2016

http://www.wcsh6.com/news/local/207/the-sunken-steamboats-of-moosehead-lake/218126001

 

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Ryan Robbins interviewing on set of WCSH6 in Portland Maine.
Ryan Robbins interviewing on set of WCSH6 in Portland Maine. Image courtesy of Lisa Devin, Moosehead Memories.

 

 

Moosehead Matters – Friday, March 18, 2016

Article published in Moosehead Matters newspaper on 3/18/16.
Article published in Moosehead Matters newspaper on 3/18/16.