"I learned a lot through this project. It was really interesting," 16-year-old
The nine sea chests that were filled by the sophomore class at
"Our essential overall question was how does
Garcelon, who worked with some of her classmates on the Far East trade trunk, said each person chose an object from the museum's archives that resonated with that student to put in the chest. She chose a lovely wooden tea box and caddy, made in
"I really like the look of it, and I like tea," she said.
The tea trade was important to midcoast
"I did it to contrast how we went from big boxes that could be reused and carry a lot of tea, to these little disposable ones," she said.
Jihan's sea trunk focused on maritime art. He found a hand-tinted print by artist
The students handled the objects from the archives carefully, using gloves so they wouldn't harm them, and found ways to arrange them in the trunks that they hope will be visually interesting and also informative, he said.
Cipperly Good, collections manager of the museum, said she thinks the students succeeded.
"They're amazing," she said of the captain's trunks. "The labels are really well researched and written. They're creative. They did a good job of getting present-day objects to coordinate. They made the connections, which is the most important thing."
The collaboration between the nearby high school and the museum has been great, Good said, adding that it was wonderful on
"That's what we're hoping -- that there's a reason for locals to come to the museum," she said. "That we're a community resource."
The History Chests exhibit will be on display at the
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