Making Meaning of Your Heirlooms and a Look at PMM’s Collection

Instructor:  Cipperly Good and Kevin Johnson

  • Thursday Morning
  • 9:30 – 11:30 AM
  • Class limit 20
  • Materials Required

Our treasured heirlooms often have sentimental value; they are valuable because of the memories and stories that go with them. The same is true about museum artifacts and images; without the story, they are just another boring relic from the past. In this class, museum staff members will share some of their favorite artifacts and images and explain the context (who, what, where, why, when and how) that makes them valuable. Staff will review best practices for collecting information as well as how to care for your own heirlooms. In the final class, students will take a field trip to the Penobscot Marine Museum for hands-on learning with PMM’s collection.

Week 1: Introduction & Documenting Stories through Objects with Cipperly Good
Week 2: Using Photographs to Jog the Memory with Kevin Johnson
Week 3: Caring for your heirlooms: objects, photographs, and family papers
Week 4: Field trip to PMM to learn about ongoing collections care and documentation projects and to gain hands-on experience working with artifacts and photos.

Class limit 20
Required materials: Bring one object and one photograph that has meaning to you.

Cipperly Good, is the Curator of the Penobscot Marine Museum; she oversees the object, archive, and library collections. Ms. Good holds a Bachelor’s degree from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, and a Masters of Arts in Museum Studies, with a concentration in American History, from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She has previously contributed to Senior College sessions.

Kevin Johnson, Photography Archivist at the Penobscot Marine Museum, manages the museum’s 200,000+ piece photo archive. He earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, PA) and a Professional Certificate in Photography from the Maine Photographic Workshops. He was a founding member of Aarhus Gallery in Belfast and teaches photography locally. His personal website is