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People of the First Light VIP opening reception at the Abbe Museum

Date: Saturday Apr 30, 2016
Time: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.


Wabanaki people, their history, and their culture, represent at least a 12,000-year-long experience in their homeland, which includes the Acadia National Park region. This continuous narrative for the Wabanaki people—a historic confederacy between the Abenaki, Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot—offers an extraordinary story of resilience with contemporary meaning and relevance.

People of the First Light, the Abbe Museum’s new, permanent exhibit, occupies 2,100 square feet of the Museum’s main gallery. In the center of the exhibit, a 20-foot sculptural ash tree offers a place to sit, reflect, and listen to Wabanaki stories and music.

While the exhibit is considered permanent (15-20-year cycle), it has been constructed so that topics can be easily updated to reflect changing events, and the evolving conversations with Wabanaki advisors will guide updates as needed. You will find your experience relevant and engaging each time you visit People of the First Light!

Such a momentous exhibit deserves a momentous opening, complete with delicious food, extraordinary performances, and a champagne toast. This VIP reception is invite only, and you may request an invitation by emailing

Location: Abbe Museum, 26 Mount Desert St, Bar Harbor, ME
Contact Name: Heather Anderson
Contact Phone #: (207) 288-3519
Event web page:
Event Sponsor(s): Abbe Museum 

This is a free event.

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