Programs & Events

All programs and events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified.

Featured Events  

Yard Sale Fundraiser
Saturday, June 27

Come one, come all to the third annual colossal yard sale at the Dyer Library/Saco Museum from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 27. All proceeds of the yard sale benefit the programs offered at the Dyer Library/Saco Museum year round. Downtown Saco will be busy that day, with the Sidewalk Art Festival and a variety of other activities, come join in the fun!
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"The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow"
"The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow"
June 27, 11 a.m.
"The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow" performed by Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers. This brilliant trio of siblings from Bar Harbor present this comedic version of the classic Washington Irving tale on 6/27 at 11am in the CK Burns gym. Free for children and their families.


"Industry and Virtue Joined": Schoolgirl Needlework of Northern New England
May 9 - October 4, 2015

After the Saco Museum's successful 2013 sampler exhibit, "I My Needle Ply with Skill," and the book by the same title, the museum has been recognized as an important repository for and center of scholarship on northern New England samplers and silk embroideries. This summer, the museum offers a second exhibition on schoolgirl embroidery.

More than 130 important northern New England samplers are on exhibit including forty-one samplers from Maine and ninety-five from New Hampshire. Notable Maine needlework in the exhibition includes two almost identical samplers completed by twins Flavilla and Mary Jane Barker in Portland in 1818, reunited for the first time in nearly 190 years, as well as works from the schools of the Misses Martin and Rachel Hall Neal. "Industry and Virtue Joined" also features what is most likely the largest group of New Hampshire samplers ever gathered together in a single room. The exhibition includes twenty-one samplers from Portsmouth, significant examples of schoolgirl needlework from the Canterbury area and Pinkerton Academy in Londonderry, as well as many beautiful works from small towns across both states.

A full-color catalogue of the exhibition will be published mid to late summer 2015.



AMERICAN SAMPLERS: LITTLE MASTERPIECES 1620-1840
Wednesday, July 15, 6:30 p.m.

Join Henry Callan for a slideshow presentation on early American Samplers. This program is a part of our sampler series presented in conjunction with the Saco Museum's second sampler exhibition, "Industry and Virtue Joined": Schoolgirl Needlework of Northern New England. Callan is an antique dealer and appraiser specializing in Chinese Export Porcelain and early American Samplers. His colorful slides will show changes in style over the years and he will give tips on collecting and preservation.



History Afoot: Walking Tour of Saco's Main Street
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Saturday, August 1
Meet in front of the Saco Museum

Join us for a walking tour down Saco's Main St and back up Middle St to understand a bit of the social history of Downtown Saco. Families, children and adults alike will be fascinated with the stories of factory owners, social reformers, a female doctor and the first downtown hotel.
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MUSEUM GALLERY TALK
6:30 p.m. Thursday, August 13

Join museum director Tara Raiselis for a gallery talk in our current exhibit "Industry and Virtue Joined": Schoolgirl Needlework of Northern New England. Raiselis will focus on samplers from the coast of New Hampshire, discussing new research into the schools at which they were made and the genealogies of the girls who made them. Please be prepared to stand though the talk.



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