Come to the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport for a film screening of “The Maine Frontier: Through the Lens of Isaac Walton Simpson” with a companion multimedia presentation by filmmaker Sumner McKane. This is part of the Museum’s season-long celebration of the history of photography.
The Maine Frontier: Through The Lens of Isaac Walton Simpson, combines the never-before-seen photography of Isaac Simpson with archived and current film, archived oral histories, and a compelling musical score. The Maine Frontier is an illustration of family, work, community and culture in northern Maine (Penobscot, Aroostook, Piscataquis, and Washington Counties) at the turn-of-the-century. It investigates the geographical circumstances of a region virtually disconnected from the rest of the state and country. Life in this isolated region often led to struggle and tragedy, and demanded persistent hard work- evident on the faces and in the environment of Simpson’s subjects.
The film is centered around a collection of over 1500 photos taken just after the turn-of-the-century by Isaac Simpson: photographer, blacksmith, barber, musician, woodsman, mechanic, and Father of 13. Isaac Simpson, his wife Effie, and their friends and family, exemplify the character, necessities, and unique condition of the turn-of-the-century northern Mainer.
Funded project of the Maine Humanities Council. The Maine Humanities Council is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.