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Woodlawn Receives Top Ratings in Customer Satisfaction in National Survey Program

Woodlawn has received top ratings in customer satisfaction from Visitors Count!, a national audience survey program of the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) in partnership with the Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM) in Nashville Tennessee.  In addition to having a great tour experience, survey participants affirmed Woodlawn as a valuable community asset for Ellsworth and a strong economic driver for the region. Woodlawn’s participation in the Visitors Count! program was funded in part with a grant from the Maine Community Foundation, Hancock County Fund.

Woodlawn Welcomes New Trustees in January

January 29, 2016

The Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations, governing board of Woodlawn Museum, Gardens & Park held its annual meeting and dinner on January 28, 2016 at the Black House in Ellsworth.

The Trustees welcomed three new members to the board.  Emeritus Trustees, Ruth Brenninkmeyer and Stephen Shea were welcomed back as active members and Marilyn Smith, was seated as Woodlawn’s newest Trustee.

Tall Clocks Return to Woodlawn, Students Enjoy Antique Clock Specialist Visit

The Woodlawn tall clocks are ticking and chiming once again and local 5th graders have a better understanding of the the history and workings of clocks thanks to Harry Hepburn, owner of Antique Clock Repair Service, Harrison, Maine.

The inner workings of two of the three tall clocks in the Woodlawn collection came back to Ellsworth in December after a careful restoration and cleaning by Hepburn at his shop in Harrison. Hepburn has specialized in antique clock repair since 1968.  He also owns Hermitage Antiques and has participated as a dealer at the Ellsworth Antiques Show at Woodlawn for the past two years.  According to Woodlawn executive director, Joshua Torrance, “After this year’s show, Harry took two of our tall clocks for some much needed repair and service. It has been a number of years since the clocks have worked and we are pleased to once again have all three in working condition.”

Thank you to all the 2015 Christmas at Woodlawn Decorators

This year's, A Celebration of Trees for Christmas at Woodlawn was made possible by the following businesses and organizations.  Thank you, we could not have done it without you! To see the list,

Woodlawn Curriculum Presented at Statewide Teachers Conference

On November 13th,  8th grade teacher Kathleen Hudson and her colleagues,  science educator, Nell Herrmann and  art teacher Penny Ricker from Blue Hill Consolidated School presented, Woodlawn - The Black House, A Walk Through the Past at the Write Here, Write Now: Writing Across the Curriculum conference in Augusta, Maine.    This annual curriculum conference was presented by the University of Maine and attended by educators from across the State.

Hudson, was asked to present at the conference because of her training in both the National Writing Project and the Maine Writing Project which supports the professional development for Maine educators and writing activity for Maine Students.  Her presentation was based on curriculum she developed as a participant in the 2015 Woodlawn Teachers Institute.

Schools and Students are Loving Woodlawn as a Classroom

When you ask adults about Woodlawn, you most likely hear about the Black House and the trails.  Ask area school children about Woodlawn and you will learn very quickly that it is a cool place of discovery that offers really neat learning programs that they just love.

During the 2015 regular season at Woodlawn, (May 1 to October 31) 647 students visited the estate to participate in learning activities specifically designed for their age groups. According to Woodlawn’s executive director Joshua Torrance, “We have had preschoolers to 8th graders, from fifteen different communities, come and use Woodlawn as a classroom so far this year. The curriculum used for their visits has been developed over several years by our director of education and program development, Anne Russenberger- Keefe in conjunction with area school teachers, educators and community partners.”

Students Enjoying Curriculum Developed at Woodlawn Teachers Institute

A central part of the Woodlawn mission is to work with local schools and provide educational experiences for students of all ages. So far this year, 640 students have been on the Woodlawn campus for programs completely free of charge using the proceeds from the Ellsworth Antiques Show.

Woodlawn Croquet Program: Helping to get the balls rolling for the Outer Island Croquet League

The Woodlawn Croquet Program is holding several instructional clinics to help get the croquet balls rolling for the Outer Islands Croquet League. This recently formed League was established to develop croquet programs at nine island schools, Monhegan, Isleboro, Vinalhaven, North Haven, Isle au Haut, Swan's Island, Frenchboro, Islesford and Matinicus.

Woodlawn Fall Field Days Delight Area School Children

The sounds of laughter and learning filled the clear, crisp air the first week of October when the 5th and 6th Grade Fall Field Days made its annual return to Woodlawn.  More than 200 students from five area schools participated over two days.  Students from Ellsworth Elementary Middle School, Cave Hill, Connors Emerson, Dedham and Penobscot attended.

2015 Woodlawn Croquet Big Lobster Tournament Wrap-up

The 2015 Big Lobster Croquet Invitational concluded on Sunday, September 13, 2015 after five days of spirited croquet play on the coast of Maine. The tournament, sponsored by the Woodlawn Croquet Program treated guests to amazing views of Acadia National Park, delicious Maine lobster, and a unique blend of six and nine wicket competition in various Downeast Maine venues. This year, players from Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Kansas, Florida, Virgin Islands, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Canada, competed along with local players from Maine for the bragging rights to be Big Lobster Champions.


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