Everything we do is made possible by our generous, enthusiastic, and dedicated supporters. We received more than 860 donations in fiscal year 2017. Our volunteers donated 190 hours, valued at $4,476.00, to help us fulfill our mission. Without all of you, we never would have achieved so much in 2017. We are truly thriving because of your support!


Exhibits and Educational Program Sponsors

People of the First Light was made possible through major support from

Anonymous Foundation
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust
Bangor Daily News
Dickel Flooring
EASTER Foundation
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Lucia P. Fulton Foundation
Lynam Trust
Maine Public Broadcasting Network
George and Nancy Putnam
Sharpe Family Foundation
Tranquility Farm families
Sandy Wilcox and Jack Russell

People of the First Light special thanks

Karl Hallett - Ain’t Just Paint
Elijah Gundroe, Dan Smith, Troy York - Connectivity Works
Don Dickel - Don Dickel Floors
Dana Hutchins, Misty Mallar, Sarah Morrisseau - ImageWorks
Maine-Wabanaki REACH
Joe Lewis - MCM Electric
Mida Ballard - Mida’s Touch Renovations
Harold Hitchcock, Rissa Moore, Fred Rea
Donna Loring - Seven Eagles Media
Meredith DeFrancesco, Joanna Weaver, and Chek Wingo - Sunlight Media Collective
Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip - Upstander Project
Alf Anderson
Penthea Burns
Jane Clifton
Ben Coleman
John Gray
William Haviland
Larry Legutko
Jacob Legutko
Micah Pawling
Kate Pontbriand
Conor Quinn
Kyle Shank
Arthur Spiess
Binke Wang
Richard Will
Sue Young


2017 Waponahki Student Art Show

Maine Indian Education
Framing by Lin Calista of the Museum Framer at the Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport

Special thanks to those who sponsored a Waponahki Student Art Show Art Kit

Cynthia Albert
Sharon Bray & Richard Hale
Catherine Clinger
Drs. Jeffrey M. & Linda K. Dunn
Marilyn George
Rennie & David Greenfield
Ronald S. Harvey & Virginia Yarnell
Angela Haskell
Jane Heyward
Jane Holland
Joanne Howard
Elizabeth Koopman
Jude Lamb
Valerie Lovelace
Ann McAlhany and Lorraine Schinck
Patricia Monteith
Jane Porter
Ivan and Sherry Rasmussen
Amy & Craig Roebuck
David & Diane Sanderson
Ann Shwartz
Candace Vivian
Sandy Wilcox & Jack Russell
Marguerite Williams


Four Directions of Wabanaki Basketry

John & Ruth Overton


Youth Capture the Colorful Cosmos II: Star Stories of the Dawnland

Smithsonian Institution
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics


Twisted Path IV: Vital Signs made possible by

Anonymous Foundation
Bangor Daily News
Fisher Charitable Foundation
George & Nancy Putnam
Hattie A. & Fred C. Lynam Trust
Maine Arts Commission
Sharpe Family Foundation/Douglas & Ann Sharp


Cultural Connections in the Park series

Dawnland, LLC


Native American Festival and Basketmakers Market

College of the Atlantic
Maine Arts Commission
Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance
Maine Public


Friends of the Collection

Anonymous (3)
Lorrayne Carroll
Martin Chappell
Jeffrey & Diane Coleman
John & Susan Collier
Christine Draper & Jeannette Lindholm
Rachel Farkas
Melissa Frans
Sophia Garmey
Lisa Horsch Clark
Dennis Kiley & Johannah Blackman
Robert King
Janice Klein
Lars Knakkergaard
Wendy Knickerbocker & David Avery
Martha Lavendier
William & Doris Lustusky
Brenda Moot
Richard & Marcia Morrison
Angela Raup
Allison Rimkunas
Jean Rohrer & Mary Mitchell
Nancy Schwanfelder
Jennifer Spencer
Janice Strout
Gail & Tom Thompson
Sandy Wilcox & Jack Russell