2017-12-06 / Front Page

Ski Museum reopens with fresh look

By Dee Menear Irregular Staff Writer

The exhibit dedicated to youth skiing features memorabilia such as children’s toys, clothing and wooden skis. (Dee Menear photo)The exhibit dedicated to youth skiing features memorabilia such as children’s toys, clothing and wooden skis. (Dee Menear photo)
KINGFIELD — Ski Museum of Maine Treasurer Peter Weston welcomed a lively crowd to the museum’s Grand Reopening Reception Friday, Dec. 1 when renovations made over the last several weeks were unveiled. The museum now features a brighter gallery space with new floors, raised ceiling and fresh exhibits —all made possible thanks to a $25,000 grant from the H. King & Jean Cummings Charitable Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.

“The Ski Museum of Maine really looks like a museum now and not just a storeroom of stuff,” Weston said. Whitewash replaces the wood walls, modern flooring replaces carpeting and the removal of the drop panels reveals a pristine tin ceiling.

Gallery displays still feature the history of skiing in Maine with plenty of skis and ski memorabilia for visitors to reflect on. However, the displays have a greater focus on the heritage of the sport.


Ski Museum of Maine Treasurer Peter Weston welcomes visitors to the newly renovated gallery during the Grand Reopening Reception Friday, Dec. 1. (Dee Menear photo) Ski Museum of Maine Treasurer Peter Weston welcomes visitors to the newly renovated gallery during the Grand Reopening Reception Friday, Dec. 1. (Dee Menear photo) “The heritage is about tangible living and breathing memories. These exhibits make the museum more personal for people,” said Glenn Parkinson, who is a board member and one of three founding members of the museum.

“Our people have done a great job,” said Parkinson.

As current Executive Director, Theresa Shannahan urged everyone present to sign the guestbook, former Executive DiThe rector Bruce Miles said the historic evening would be one to remember.

In addition to the H. King & Jean Cummings Charitable Fund of Maine Community Foundation, Weston thanked a long list of people and organizations for making the transition possible.

The Ski Museum of Maine was founded in 1995 by a group of friends who were members of the Sugarloaf Mountain Ski Club. The group successfully formed a nonprofit corporation and obtained a grant to aid in acquiring an initial collection of documents and artifacts. In 2006 the museum opened a physical exhibit in Farmington, which was moved to its current location in 2009. The recent renovations were the first major refurbishing for the museum.

In addition to exhibiting artifacts, photographs, artworks and documents at its location in Kingfield, the Ski Museum of Maine conducts educational programs at ski clubs, schools, libraries, historical and civic organizations and hosts social events and activities throughout the year.

The museum is located above the Sugarloaf Sports Outlet at 256 Main Street. Shannahan is at the museum Monday through Friday but visitors are welcome to stop by anytime the outlet store is open. Private tours can be arranged. For more information, call 265-2023, email info@skimuseumofmaine.org, or visit skimuseumofmaine.org. The Ski Museum of Maine can also be found on Facebook.

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