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Gallery Talk – In History’s Wake: The Last Trap Fishermen of Rhode Island

September 7, 2017 - 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Presenter: Markham Starr, Photographer and Documentary Filmmaker

Cost: $5/person; Free for SCM members

Description:  South County Museum is pleased to announce that Photographer and Documentary Filmmaker, Markham Starr, will be showing his documentary, In History’s Wake: The Last Trap Fishermen in Rhode Island, at SCM on September 7, 2017.

According to Mr. Starr’s website, this documentary “follows three trap fishing crews through their summer’s work. The Rhode Island floating trap is unique in New England fisheries, with sites going back over a hundred and fifty years. Like weirs used elsewhere along the New England coast, floating traps are passive fishing devices. Fish, swimming along the coast, run into a fence of netting blocking their path. When they turn to go around the obstruction, they are led by a series of funnels into a box of netting where they are trapped until fishermen come to collect them on a daily basis. Such traps, once covering the Rhode Island coastline, were long ago outdated with the advent of the modern fishing trawler. Today, just a few trap companies still operate. This film attempts to capture the fishery and its associated culture before it vanishes completely.” Please visit Mark’s website www.markhamstarrphotography.com for more information on this and other projects.

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September 7, 2017
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
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