|Malaga Island descendants gather at Maine State Museum exhibit|
"The Maine State Museum is the repository of your things; it tells your stories, the good and the bad." J.R. Phillips, Maine State Museum Director
With this shorthand of the Maine State Museum's mission, director J.R. Phillips began the ceremonial opening of "Malaga Island, Fragmented Lives" yesterday. "(Malaga's story) had an unhappy ending," Phillips nodded to the crowd of Malaga Island descendants gathered in the exhibit gallery, "but it wasn't the end of the story, really, because all of you are here."
|Governor LePage meets descendant Marnie Voter at exhibit|
|Malaga artifacts excavated by Univ. Southern Maine archaeologists|
|One of the beautifully-conserved Malaga artifacts on display|
In the tight-budget world we inhabit, we're always asked "what does success look like?" I consider a culture history project successful when it brings people together, encourages them to see the world in a new way, and creates the possibility for an alternative future. By that measure, and more, both newly-opened museum exhibit "Malaga Island, Fragment Lives" and the prior documentary project "Malaga Island: A Story Best Left Untold" have set the standard.
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