The Saco Museum’s catalogue for the ongoing exhibition Making History: Art and Industry in the Saco River Valley is the recipient of an award through the New England Museum Association’s 2011 Publication Awards Program. It placed third in its category, exhibition catalogues under $10. The publication was designed by Susan Gold of Custom Communications, Inc., of Biddeford, and includes contributions by Saco Museum staff Marie O’Brien, Jessica Skwire Routhier, Camille Smalley, and former intern Darren French (now the Education Coordinator at the Wilson Museum, Castine, Maine). The catalogue retails for $8 and is available in the Saco Museum Gift Shop.

Other Maine museums to win awards in the 2011 Publication Awards Program include the Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk; the Portland Museum of Art; and the Seal Cove Auto Museum. For a full list of awards, visit

About the NEMA Publication Awards Program:
The New England Museum Association sponsors an annual Publication Awards Program, which recognizes excellence in design, production, and effective communication in all aspects of museum publishing. Entries are judged by a panel experienced in publication, design, marketing and communications. Awards are given to those entries which most effectively present their message to the intended audience. The 2011 Judges were Deb Pesanti Payson, Director of Development & Communications, Essex National Heritage Commission, and Jeff Stammen, Senior Graphic Designer, Christopher Chadbourne Associates.

About the Making History exhibition at the Saco Museum:

Making History: Art and Industry in the Saco River Valley opened at the Saco Museum on May 29, 2010, as a permanent exhibition featuring art, historical artifacts, computer activities, and hands-on activities for all ages. It is a part of a community-wide initiative that includes satellite displays at the Saco Museum, the Dyer Library and the Saco Transportation Center, as well as an object-based traveling program available to local schools. Through fine art, historical artifacts, words and pictures, and interactive, hands-on activities, Making History: Art and Industry in the Saco River Valley explores the rich tradition of making things in this region. From the founding of the cities on the Saco in the 17th century, to the creation of fine and decorative arts in the early 19th century, to the booming factories of the later 19th and 20th centuries, to the arts and manufacturing traditions that endure today, the energy, creativity, and industry of this place come to life for museum visitors. The idea of preservation, revitalization, and renewal—in terms of this area's historic fabric as well as its natural resources—is also explored throughout the exhibition, which features iconic museum objects like the Scamman Jug (1689-1702), the Johnson-Wolcott camera (circa 1839), and paintings by Albert Bierstadt and John Brewster, Jr., among others.

The Making History exhibition and catalogue were funded by a Preserve America grant administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior; by the Maine Humanities Council; and support from other donors.