Everything we do is made possible by our generous, enthusiastic, and dedicated supporters. We received more than 850 donations in fiscal year 2016. Our volunteers donated 351 hours, valued at $8,270, to help us fulfill our mission. Without all of you, we never would have achieved so much in 2016. 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

#GivingTuesday Donors in support of People of the First Light

Bar Harbor Film Festival
Jeffrey and Diane Coleman
Richard and Janet Doyle
Lucinda Dudley
Susan Edson
David and Jean Evans
Jennifer Galipeau
David and Rennie Greenfield
Tracy and Karl Hallett
Lee and Mary Belle Heindel
Robert and Ellie Kates
Abbe Levin
Catherine Neptin
Craig and Amy Roebuck
Stephanie Seacord
Siobhan Senier
Marjorie Spencer
Mary and Jim Vekas
Sandy and Jack Wilcox
Virginia Yarnell


2016 Waponahki Student Art Show

Maine Indian Education
K.A. McDonald Custom Picture Framing

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

Gilbert Abbe
Cindy Albert
Mida Ballard
Arlene Christmas
John and Susan Collier
Susan Dickson-Smith
Linda Dunn
David and Jean Evans
Patricia Evans
Peggy Forster
Earl Frederick
Julia Gray
Catherine Hawthorne
David Hollenbeck
Donna and Henry Isaacs
Lawrence Johnston
Wendy Knickerbocker
Michelle Knowlton
Elizabeth Koopman
Abbe Levin
Hope and Pearl Lewis
Cynthia Lord
Margo Lukens
Patience Mason
Vittoria McIlhenny
Catherine Neptin
Selkie O'Mira
Nancy Patterson
Sarah and Amer Pharaon
Jean Rohrer
Brooke Romesberg
David and Diane Sanderson
Patricia Selig
Kyle and Allison Shank
Candace Small
Roberta Sprague
Joyce Newell Sundheimk
Julia Thomas
Kathryn Trenholm
Ann S. Waldron
Leah Whitten
Sandra K. Wilcox
Marguerite Williams
Cassandra Wright



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


Coming Home made possible by

Mr. Charles Butt
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas and Ann Sharpe
Anonymous Foundation
Davis Family Foundation
Hattie A. & Fred C. Lynam Trust

The following individuals supported the conservation care and handling of select museum pieces through our Coming Home Adopt-An-Artifact program

Anonymous (2)
Howard and Caroline Wellman
Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Butler, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. George Putnam
Sydney Roberts Rockefeller
Mary Cox Golden
Drs. Linda R. and Jeffrey M. Dunn
Jean Rohrer
Katharine F. Wellman and Doug B. Wells
Sandy Wilcox and Jack Russell


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


Kikehtahsuwiw: It Heals

Thom Willey


Kluskap of the Wabanaki

Dozay (Arlene Christmas) and Dan Christmas