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Voyage to Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea

June 29, 2016, 7:00 PM8:30 PM

Susan Beegel, noted Hemingway scholar, will give an illustrated talk on Hemingway’s lifelong passion for fishing and marine creatures of the Gulf stream that led to his Pulitzer Prize winning novel.  The L.C.Bates Museum’s 12 foot long Blue Marlin fish was caught in 1935 in Bimini by Pulizer Prize winning author Ernest Hemingway and was mounted by the well-known taxidermist Fred C. N. Parke of Bangor, ME.

Prior to the talk, at 6 pm visit the museum to see Hemingway’s Blue Marlin which has recently been preserved by conservator Ron Harvey of Tuckerbrook Conservation. There will be a hunt through the exhibitions for marine life in Hemingway’s book, Old Man and the Sea.

Susan’s talk and research is sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council as part of the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative, a joint venture of the Pulitzer Prizes Board and the Federation of State Humanities Councils, in celebration of the 2016 Centennial of the Prizes.




On Monday, June 27, 2016 at 2 pm the conservator, Ron Harvey will explain his process for preserving the marlin and the historic taxidermy methods used by its taxidermist Fred C. F. Parke. The marlin is being preserved through support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The conservator will also present a collection's care workshop from 9 am to 2 pm on June 27.

For more information about the L.C. Bates Museum Hemingway talk and program, contact the L.C.Bates Museum at Good Will-Hinckley 207-238-4250 or lcbates@gwh.org. The L.C. Bates Museum is located on Rt 201 in Hinckley, Maine on the campus of Good Will-Hinckley.


June 29, 2016
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM


Deborah Staber


Bishop Auditorium, Prescott Building, Good Will – Hinckley
16 Prescott Drive (off Route 201)
Hinckley, ME
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