RANGELEY — Maine State Museum director Bernard Fishman will share a rare look at Maine’s outdoor traditions in the 1800s and all in 3D at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at Lakeside Theater.

The Maine State Museum has created a virtual time machine by taking vintage stereoscopic photographs of early Maine sporting scenes and projecting them for collective viewing on a large screen.

The event was a sell-out when held last spring in Augusta and the Rangeley Lakes Region Historical Society is offering the 3D event for the first time.

The vintage photos, taken between the 1860s and the 1890s, depict northern Maine hunters and sportsmen and early camps populated with moose, deer, wolves and other early Maine wildlife.

Participants will receive 3D glasses at the door to view the unique “stereo-view” photographs. The stereo-view format was a sensation in its day, predating silent film technology by more than half a century and was all the rage for creating immersive scenes rather than just flat 2D photos.

Fishman will guide the audience into a pastime that spawned ingenuity, wildlife management, community connections and new economies.

Tickets are available in advance at the Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum, Oquossoc, for $5 or at the door, $7. All ticket proceeds will benefit the historical society’s museums and programming.

There will be a silent auction in the lobby and refreshments available from the Rangeley Friends of the Arts.

FMI, tickets: 207-864-3091.  

This photograph dated from the 1800s will be among the many shared when Maine State Museum director Bernard Fishman presents on Aug. 5 at Lakeside Theater in Rangeley.

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