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Presentation of Molly Ockett Day Art Works
July 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
For five years, local artist and teacher Arla Patch had the honor to create an image for the annual Molly Ockett Day festival poster in Bethel. (For the first two years, Penobscot artist and historian James Francis collaborated with Patch in creating the art.) This was particularly significant because those five years marked an historic change as the Bethel Chamber of Commerce transformed a 55 year tradition of honoring Molly Ockett (a well respected Abenaki woman of the area) into something more respectful of Wabanaki history and culture. Instead of asking a local girl to ride in the festival parade portraying “Miss Molly Ockett,” an essay contest was developed that brought a truer focus on the history of indigenous peoples in the region. In addition, the essay winners then led the parade.
Educator, photographer, and activist Barbara Goodbody has generously purchased the five original drawings and will officially donate them to the Museums of the Bethel Historical Society at this event. Following their acceptance and remarks by the artist, Society trustee Catherine S.-C. Newell will present a talk on the life and times of Molly Ockett (circa 1740-1816).
2:00 pm at the Mason House. Free and open to the public.