BAR HARBOR, Maine — The Abbe Museum has received a $50,000 gift from Jack Russell and Sandy Wilcox of Mount Desert.

“We are thrilled to receive this wonderful gift from Jack and Sandy,” said Abbe Museum CEO Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko. “They are strong friends of the Abbe, and it’s very exciting to see them make this commitment to support exhibits and educational programs both in the museum and when we take the show on the road to teach about the Wabanaki in classrooms across Maine.”

Wilcox, who is president of the museum board, said, “The Abbe is a vital cultural, educational and historical resource for our island and our state. For us, this is the right time for a once-in-our-lifetime chance to support and grow an institution essential to our communities.

“Through the Abbe, thousands of children across Maine are learning to understand and value diversity as they discover a history no longer hidden,” she said.

Current exhibits at the Abbe Museum include: Headline News: Wabanaki Sovereignty in the 21st Century, Aunt Lu: The Story of Princess Watahwaso, Objects of Our Affection and Arthur and Nita Wood Artifacts Collection.

For more information about these exhibits, Abbe programs, or ways to support the Abbe visit or call the museum at 288-3519. Winter hours at the Abbe are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The museum is closed in January.