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We’d Like to Propose a Toast!” – and so we did!

On July 15, 2021, the Friends of the Maine State Museum sponsored an online party as a way of celebrating the museum, our state’s 201st birthday, and other Maine milestones.

Our master of ceremonies, humorist Gary Crocker, led us through a lively one-hour mix of history, laughter, anecdotes, and fascinating facts that showcased highlights of the museum’s collections and featured intriguing stories from museum curators and educators. The entertaining, time-traveling event featured a special signature cocktail and mocktail, created especially for the Friends by Shawn McLaughlin at State Lunch gastropub in Augusta.

We are particularly grateful to Gov. Janet Mills, U.S. Senator Angus King, State Senator Jeffrey Timberlake, and Sheriff Joel Merry for participating and for their heartfelt and witty toasts; to Gay Grant-The Write Way for sponsoring the event; and to all of the Friends members and supporters who joined us to say “cheers” and to bid on exciting auction items!

You may have missed the event, but a recording of “We’d Like to Propose a Toast!” will be available soon. Check back here or on the Maine State Museum’s YouTube channel later in August.

You can also make a donation at any time.

This has been a difficult time for many of us – but things are looking up! And at the museum, even though the doors may be closed, we’re moving forward with great energy – caring for collections, shifting programs online and offsite, and planning for a dynamic future! We always appreciate the loyalty and support of the Maine State Museum’s fans and Friends – and we’re so glad we got to party with some of you!

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Maine State Museum