Birchbark Canoe Raffle, Penobscot Marine Museum (July 01, 2010)

Penobscot Marine Museum – One lucky individual will soon have the rare experience of paddling his own birchbark canoe, just like the ones built by Penobscot Indians in the 17th and 18th centuries. The Penobscot Marine Museum has announced that it will raffle the canoe to raise funds for a popular public demonstration, and the drawing will be held July 1, 2010 — in good time for the canoeing season. “This is an extraordinary chance to own a piece of Maine history and American heritage,” said Niles Parker, executive director of the museum. At 16 feet overall, the canoe is authentic down to the last detail. Real birchbark is lashed to white cedar gunwales with split spruce root, and seams are sealed with a mixture of pine sap and fat. No nails or other metal were used anywhere in its construction.

Drawing: July 01, 2010. $100/ticket.

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