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Welcome!

There’s plenty to see and do today – and everyday! 

While we’re all a bit disappointed to miss an in-person Fair this year, the great thing about our Digital Fair is that it’ll stay up all year! 
Start exploring today with the menu of activities below.
And don’t forget to frequent the digital shops of our wonderful artists, crafters and makers that inspire us every year!
A Welcome Message from Museum Director Cynthia Walker:

If you are able, donating the price of your $5 Steampunk Fair ticket will help support the Museum’s year-round educational initiatives, and programs like this one. Thank you!

EXPLORE THE EVENT:

Fair Marketplace

Online Exhibitions

Talks & Demos

Special Guest: Author Leanna Renee Hieber

The Truth Behind The Spectral City: Life and Spirits on the Gilded Age East Coast

Watch her video above, or click to join our Youtube Channel to ask questions in the comments!

Learn more about Leanna!

Her Etsy shop: Torch & Arrow

Official Website for Books, Fiction & Free-Reads

Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Our special guest today is actress, author and New York City ghost tour guide Leanna Renee Hieber! Hieber leads a spirited discussion about the popular rise in Spiritualism and the Occult in the late 19th century and the choices she's made separating paranormal fact from fiction in her recent Spectral City series of historical fantasy novels. [Click on her photo to visit her Etsy store, Torch
Our special guest today is actress, author and New York City ghost tour guide Leanna Renee Hieber! Hieber leads a spirited discussion about the popular rise in Spiritualism and the Occult in the late 19th century and the choices she’s made separating paranormal fact from fiction in her recent Spectral City series of historical fantasy novels. [Click on her photo to visit her Etsy store, Torch & Arrow, for signed books, one-of-a-kind jewelry, and more!]
Exploring Victorian Dress and Etiquette with The Victorian Lady

Exploring the Gilded Age in fashion, life and etiquette, the Victorian Lady takes us through an engaging tour of clothing history.

Watch her video to the left, or click to join our Youtube Channel to ask questions in the comments!

Tintype Creation with Cole Caswell

Cole Caswell of Agno3Lab demonstrates how he creates tintypes in the traditional wet plate process.

This year, his Virtual Tintype Photo-booth uses the historic wet-plate collodion process to create unique Tintypes from existing images. To participate purchase a commission – submit your image and mailing address via email confirmation – receive your unique 4×5 Tintype in the mail 1-2 weeks later.

A History of 19th Century Photography

A picture says 1,000 words!

Anna Rutenbeck, the Museum’s summer intern and graduate student at the Cooperstown Graduate Program, speaks on the history of 19th Century photography.

A Look at the Museum’s Textile Collection

Take a look in the Museum’s Collections Storage to view some of the costumes relating to the late 19th century. Here, you can see some design aspects of Victorian clothing that made their way into steampunk style.

Activities to Try

Even More To Do

Enter the 19th Century Saturday Portal!

Discover the history of Kennebunk in the 19th century through exhibitions, activities and more.

Grab SoME Steampunk Fair Merch!

Coffee mugs, posters, shirts, sweatshirts and more printed with the Southern Maine Steampunk Fair logo via TeePublic!

Steampunk in Popular Culture

Take a look at films, books and more that feature the steampunk aesthetic.

Steampunk Discussion Forum

Take a look at films, books and more that feature the steampunk aesthetic.

Explore the Virtual Steampunk Market!

Vendors from throughout New England await!

Get Your Tintype Made by Agno3Labs!

Check out the process via the Agno3Lab website!

Costume Contest

Thank you for joining us at the Fair today!

If you are interested in supporting our work – especially digital programming – we salute you! Please see our Support Us page to get started.

Thank you for making this day so meaningful, even in this pandemic. Huzzah!