Dr. Charles Burden (1933-2020) is almost synonymous with Maine Maritime Museum. He set up the first exhibits in 1964, fundraised for the museum’s various iterations and locations, and acquired thousands of items that he in turn donated to the museum over his 50+ years of involvement. Charlie’s giving makes up the Burden Collection in the museum’s holdings. It is notable for its size, breadth, and variance. His donations range from steamer timetables to ship portraits, shipboard medicines to folk art made by sailors at sea, board games to rare books, and everything in between. This exhibit showcases a small taste of Charlie’s generosity over the years.