‘Maine’s Most Unique Geological Exhibit’ To Honor Professor Arthur M. Hussey

The Maine Mineral & Gem Museum rock garden in Bethel formally opens August 18.

The Maine Mineral & Gem Museum in Bethel is dedicating a new rock garden to former Bowdoin geology professor Arthur M. Hussey. Described by the museum as “Maine’s most most unique geological exhibit,” the garden officially opens at 6 p.m., Friday August 18, 2017, and will feature twenty-two “truly amazing geological specimens from around the state (and one mammoth specimen from outer space!)”

Hussey taught at Bowdoin for thirty-nine years and died last year. He was 85. Read more in Bowdoin News.

Scholar, Soldier, Statesman: Town of Brunswick Celebrates Life of Local Hero Chamberlain

The Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum

The town of Brunswick is celebrating the life of one of its most heroic former residents, Joshua Chamberlain. A member of the Class of 1852, Chamberlain was also a decorated Civil War general, president of the College and Governor of Maine, among other things.

Chamberlain Days, August 11-13, 2017, take place every other summer and are organized by the Pejepscot Hisorical Society, which also operates the Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum in Brunswick.

The weekend’s events include a presentation of highlights from the Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Collection at Bowdoin College. That will be hosted by Special Collections Education and Outreach Librarian Marieke Van Der Steenhoven at the George J.Mitchell Department of Special Collections and Archives.

Joshua Chamberlain

There will also be a walking tour titled “Bowdoin Through the years,” led by John Cross ’76, secretary of development and college relations and Bowdoin’s unofficial historian, as well as lectures, musical performances and an encampment on the town mall by civil war re-enactors, featuring drilling and firing demonstrators.

This year’s festivities also include a Civil War trivia quiz and a “moustache contest,” in honor of Chamberlain’s own impressive set of whiskers. Those events take place at Byrnes Irish Pub on Station Avenue.