Sisters of Skade: Women in Maine Skiing 1870-2017
In recognition of International Women’s History Month in March, a new program has been developed. It is a two part presentation. The first half is a slideshow and discussion which includes historic photos ranging from recreational skiers to competitive champions on the subject of women in Maine Skiing from its inception in the late 19th century through the present day. The second half is a panel discussion which includes women leaders –both past and present in several fields of the sport and industry of skiing and snowboarding. The Sisters of Skade presentation is only the beginning of discovering and telling the stories from women who share an important part of the history of women skiing in Maine.
The Ski Museum has a significant 4th grade program which aligns with the 4th grade History of Maine curriculum. It has been shown in the Bethel area schools, Kingfield and Stratton schools. It is a three-part session that lasts about an hour. It begins by showing “Twenty-first Century Ski and Snowboard Competition in Maine,” a narrated video produced by the museum. The next is a 20 minute, narrated slide show which covers the basics of Maine skiing history and skiing’s importance in our state’s lifestyle and economy. The concluding section is a hands-on “Show and Tell” that uses a dozen or so pieces of antique and modern ski and snowboard gear. These school programs have been made available by the Sugarloaf Regional Charitable Trust and the Sunday River Community Fund.
If you would like to host the Sisters of Skade or 4th Grade Education Program for your group, organization or classroom, please contact
Theresa Shanahan, Executive Director