Penobscot Times, Machias Valley News Observer publicize shell midden exhibit

The Penobscot Times shared the University of Maine media release about the free, public exhibit “Maine’s Threatened Shell Middens: Losing a Link to Understanding our Past” in Hudson Museum’s Minsky Culture Lab. For generations, indigenous Wabanki people left heaps of harvested clams and oysters shells along the coast. Materials in the piles provide opportunities to learn about the lifeways of the indigenous people who created them, including what they ate and how they interacted with the environment and with each other. But sea level rise, storm intensity, waves and looters are taking a toll on these cultural archives. The exhibit combines photographs and historic postcards with descriptive text, and a VEMI Lab re-creation of a canoe trip 1,500 years ago up the Damariscotta River between the Whaleback and Glidden middens. Hudson Museum hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Machias Valley News Observer also posted the media release.