The Damariscotta Historical Association offers a story hour inspired by a local writer

A story hour and craft activity inspired by Barbara Cooney’s award-winning book, Miss Rumphius, will be held at the Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta at 10 a.m. on August 12. Courtesy picture

Families are invited to Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta at 10 a.m. on August 12 for a special children’s program about local writer Barbara Cooney. Children will be treated to a story aloud and conversation about author and illustrator Barbara Cooney of Damariscotta. Cooney has written over 100 children’s books bynd was the recipient of the Caldecott Medal and a National Book Award.

Beyond Crafts, a Maine-based craft kit company, will host a craft activity inspired by Cooney’s Miss Rumphius. Participants will make a paper lupine collage or a quilled lupine to take home. The activity is free and offers options designed for artisans of different ages and ability levels. Advance registration is not required.

This event is offered as part of the Lincoln County Historical Association’s year-long series on women writers in Lincoln County. More story and activity offerings will take place later in the summer and fall of this year. The public is invited to visit special exhibits on women writers from Lincoln County at the Museum & Old Jail in Wiscasset, the Pownalborough Court House in Dresden, and the Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta. A particularly large exhibit at the Wiscasset Museum and Old Jail is supported by Raymond McKinley Rideout Jr. and the Maine Community Foundation’s Marguerite Waterman Rideout Fund.

The Lincoln County Historical Association is a nonprofit organization that stewards the 1754 Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta, the 1761 Pownalborough Courthouse in Dresden, and the 1811 Old Jail and Museum in Wiscasset. For more information, visit lincolncountyhistory.org, Facebook at Lincoln County Historical Association, or Pownalborough Court House Museum.