Brooksville is in its Third Century!


8/25: Annual Meeting  7:00 p.m.  

at the Town House.   

  THE PROGRAM Open to the Public is:

Kevin Johnson, photo archivist for the Penobscot Marine Museum 

in Searsport, Maine will present “Kosti Comes Home” 


The slide show and talk will be about Rockland, Maine photographer, Kosti Ruohomaa. The Ruohomaa Collection has come home to Maine as the newest addition to the photography holdings of the Penobscot Marine Museum. The collection was recently donated to the PMM by Black Star of New York, Ruohomaa’s photography agency, and consists of thousands of medium and large format negatives, 35 mm negatives and slides, as well as contact sheets and vintage prints.

During the age of the photo magazine, Kosti was a rock star in the photography world. His photographs graced the cover of Life Magazine numerous times. Other major magazines such as Look, National Geographic, and Life used his photos regularly. He moved to Dodge Mountain in Rockland at the age of 13, where his family had a blueberry farm. He discovered his love for photography in the 1930s while working as a cartoonist for Disney. During the 1940s and 50s, his career blossomed. While he photographed around the world, Maine was his favorite subject, both the people and land. He died prematurely in 1961 at the age of 47.

Kosti was a storyteller with a camera. He captured the spirit and culture of Maine through its people and landscape like few other photographers have ever done.  His work has been the subject of exhibits at the Farnsworth and the Maine State museum. A biography, Kosti Ruohomaa: The Photographer Poet, by Deanna Bonner-Ganter was published by Downeast Books in 2016 and a portfolio of his work, Night Train at Wiscasset Station by Lew Dietz came out in 1977. His photographs are iconic and familiar, especially in Maine.

The Ruohomaa collection is now part of the archives of the Penobscot Marine Museum and is currently being digitized and cataloged. PMM has more than 100,0000 thousand images from their various collections that can be viewed on the museum's website in their online database at  www.PenobscotMarineMuseum.org

The Brooksville Historical Society is excited to work with the Penobscot Marine Museum to bring this program to the community. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served after the program. The Town House is located on Coastal Road, Brooksville. 


New location and landscaping
Climate Controlled Archive Room 
{Keeping Temperature and Humidity at Ideal Set Points}

The Brooksville Historical Society is a tax-exempt [501-(c)-3] charitable organization entirely run by volunteers.  Donations allow us to maintain the town's museum and research Brooksville's history, and are very much appreciated. Your contributions are always welcome! 

Send to:  BHS, P.O. box 91, Brooksville, ME 04617, and thank you!


A Few Examples:

Maritime History of Brooksville

Brooksville: Then and Now

Tales of ships, shipyards, and mariners in and from Brooksville.

A Compilation of Photographs from the past with current pictures taken from as close to the original vantage points. The first printing sold out, new copies available at the Brooksville Public Library or to have a copy mailed to you send $24 to BHS, P.O. box 91, Brooksville, ME 04617.

We also have a stockpile of Brooksville Histories, Military Records, Cemetery Records and other Historical Paraphernalia! Reasonably priced.

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The Brooksville Historical 
Society Museum Building has MOVED! And it is now better looking than ever!

(not too far, same address, better foundation!)

The society's museum of historical artifacts, which had been housed in a converted boathouse on temporary piers, was moved onto a permanent foundation this Spring. The collection includes
 marine artifacts, farming and blacksmith tools, kitchen utensils and other household items.

Genealogical information including journals, bound family histories, photographs and compilations 
by researchers of cemeteries and vital records are on site and the expanded lower level space allows for safer archival storage.

Visiting Hours: July - August~
Wednesday & Sunday, 1-4 pm
Brooksville Historical Society Museum
 [look for the sign]
                        Route 176, Brooksville Corner, Brooksville, ME 04617

For further information contact:

Lorraine Dyer - (207) 326 8257 
Deb Grimmig  dgrimmig@myfairpoint.net    (207) 326-8788.  
Contact Dick Gregor 326-9541 dickgregor@gmail.com for website additions or corrections