The Castine Historical Society will hold its 2012 Annual Meeting on Friday, August 24 at 7:30pm in the Abbott School on the Castine town common. Following a brief business meeting, the evening’s program includes the screening of a 1977 documentary film featuring maritime collector Allie Ryan. The event is free and open to the public as well as CHS members, and light refreshments will be served.

Allie Ryan (1904-1992) was a passionate collector of almost anything with a maritime theme. He originally donated the bulk of his collection to Maine Maritime Academy, and it was later transferred to the Maine State Museum in Augusta.  In January 2012, a group of artifacts returned to Castine and are on display this summer in a special exhibit at the Wilson Museum. The documentary film being presented at the CHS annual meeting features Allie Ryan being interviewed about his maritime passion at the small museum set up by Maine Maritime Academy in the late 1970’s to display the collection.