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2017 OSHM Calendar

Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum…A Historical Treasure Trove Lies in Store for Visitors!

Your visit to the Rangeley Region would be incomplete without stopping by The Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum in Rangeley. This popular museum, operated by the Rangeley Lakes Region Historical Society, features interesting exhibits highlighting the human experience surrounding our region’s unique natural resources. The archive contains beautiful wildlife and nature-based art as well as numerous artifacts, nine vintage film presentations and countless unique photographs that provide a rare glimpse into the region’s nationally significant outdoor history. OSHM is the Historical Society’s second museum and is entering its eighth season of celebrating the colorful history of Rangeley region.  OSHM, named “Best Sporting Museum in New England” twice in its short history by Yankee Magazine, will premiere two new exhibits in the 2017 season, add many new artifacts to existing exhibits and will also provide a great roster of entertaining programs featuring speakers, artists, authors and craftsmen with its Saturday Summer Series!

Upon arriving at the museum’s location in the heart of the charming village of Oquossoc, visitors will find numerous interesting displays on the grounds, such as an authentic 12,000-year- old Native American meat cache used during their caribou hunt, two breathtaking bronze sculptures by nationally acclaimed artist Forest Hart, a monument featuring the World- Famous Rangeley Boat as well as several other regionally-important artifacts...and that is before you even step inside!

Inside you’ll find a fully intact authentic, circa 1910, rustic cabin that was moved from its original location and reassembled and furnished right inside the museum. The exhibit sharing the 1956 fishing trip of President Dwight Eisenhower offers numerous artifacts, vintage film, audio tape and a portrait of Ike’s Rangeley Guide painted by the President himself. Other exhibits highlight local entrepreneurs who enjoyed national celebrity status such as Cornelia “Fly Rod” Crosby, Carrie Stevens and Herb Welch. Unique craftsmanship, beauty and ingenuity are revealed again and again in the wide variety of vintage outdoor equipment, rare fish and wildlife mounts and art in the museum’s collections.

In addition to its important artifacts and the stories they share, the award-winning museum is slated to again offer an impressive slate of special events every Saturday in July and August. This is just a sample of what lies in store for visitors to the Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum. The museum’s Gift Shop is stocked with art, glassware, cards, books and one of a kind treasures. Rain or shine, a visit to the Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum in Oquossoc is sure to please. OSHM is open 10-4pm Weds. - Sunday during the months of May, June, Sept. and Oct. AND open 7 Days a Week in July and August.  Admission is just $5.00. Members and their Families, All Children 12 and under as well as Active Duty  Military or Veterans are always Free.

For more information visit: www.rangeleyoutdoormusem.org or call 207-864- 3091.

Here is just a sample of Upcoming Events at the Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum in 2017:

June 17th – A New Exhibit; “F. E Thomas Rod Maker” Born in 1854 Maine’s own Fred Thomas is widely regarded as one of the finest cane fly rod makers the world has ever known. As a teenager, Fred started working for Hiram Leonard, one of the earliest split bamboo rod makers in the country. From 1898 until 1958 Fred, and his family operated a very successful rod making shop in Brewer. This exhibit will feature the craftmanship and history of this remarkable family and their impressive artistry as builders of fine fishing rods.

June 23rd - The Inaugural "Carrie Stevens Fly Fishing Classic". Two-person teams will fish the pools of the legendary Upper Dam in the museum’s fleet of fully-restored authentic Rangeley Boats. This will be a photograph-supported catch and release fly fishing contest. Sponsored Teams of two anglers will travel from Mill Brook on Richardson Lake to Upper Dam aboard “The Gray Ghost” with Rangeley Lakes Region Cruises. To enter your team or for more information, contact Bill Pierce at wapierce1@gmail.com

June 24th - “Oquossoc Lupine Festival” – The grounds of the Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum will come alive with numerous vendors featuring; antique dealers, book sellers, craftspeople and artists sharing their talents and selling their goods in an annual celebration of the fabulous flowers filling the region’s fields.

June 24-25th “Carrie Stevens Weekend” This event will celebrate one of the region’s most well-known personalities and her important contributions to the world of fly tying and fly fishing. The museum has acquired Carrie’s 6 lb. 12 oz. brook trout caught just steps from her home at Upper Dam. The fish was mounted by the legendary Herb Welch. This famous catch took 2nd  Place in the 1924 Field and Stream National Fishing Contest. The museum will also premiere 33 Carrie Stevens flies adding significantly to the over 200 Carrie Stevens flies currently on display. This special event will feature fly tying demonstrations by some of the most respected tiers of Carrie’s Streamer patterns in the world, the opening of a new Stevens exhibit, contests and the opportunity for collectors to swap, sell and trade their CS Flies. For more information, contact Bill Pierce at wapierce1@gmail.com

July 22nd "Maine’s Eagles and Loons" Program with IFW Natural Science Educator Lisa Kane -- Learn all about these fascinating birds in a presentation at OSHM at 10 am, then meet at Bald Mt. Camps and enjoy a delicious lunch. We’ll then depart BMC’s dock for a guided tour with Lisa in search of live loons and eagles aboard the Gray Ghost with Capt. Kevin Sinnett. rangeleycruises@gmail.com or 207-670-8391

August 5th  "Upta Camp" Come step back in time and Explore 19th Century Maine Sporting Camp & Outdoor Life in Rare 3D Experience! Saturday August 5th at 7pm at the Lakeside Theatre in Rangeley.  You'll view vintage stereoscopic outdoor images with 3D glasses as we as video stories hosted by Maine State Museum Director, Bernard Fishman as your guide.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at OSHM for $5.00 or at he door for $7.00 per person.  Click here to view flyer.

Every Saturday in July and August… OSHM’s Saturday Summer Series will feature appearances by a wide variety of Artists, Authors and Craftspeople or Special events!

For more information or to make a reservation please contact Bill Pierce at 207-491-4771 or by email at wapierce1@gmail.com



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