Exhibit Opening: Lessons from the Tam O’Shanter

Wedding DressThe opening reception for our autumn exhibit, Lessons from the Tam O’ Shanter, takes place on Thursday, September 24th, 5:30pm-7:00pm at Harrington House, 45 Main Street. The “Tam,” built at South Freeport’s Soule Brothers shipyard in 1875, will be the focus of the exhibit, which illuminates “the business side” of the Age of Sail through the history of the voyages, cargoes, crews, and Masters of this and other vessels built or operated by the Soule family. Swords and a logbook from the bark Glen tell story of an unsuccessful mutiny on board one vessel during the California Gold Rush, while garments worn by two of the shipmasters’ wives shed light on the more genteel side of the lives led by nineteenth-century maritime families. An array of artifacts, charts, paintings, photographs, and other documents help to paint the picture of Freeport’s rich maritime heritage. Many of these items were recently-donated, and others have been specially loaned for this exhibit, so this is a rare opportunity to see them all in one place.