The Saco Museum in Saco, Maine, houses one of the world's few surviving large, moving panoramas from the 19th century, The Moving Panorama of Pilgrim's Progress. This is
an amazing story from beginning to end. The 8' X 800' painting on muslin was rediscovered after being in storage for over 100 years. It took many hands, many years and lots of grant money to restore it. In order to perform it, a beautiful, full size
photographic replica was made because the original was too fragile to crank.
Many thanks to Peter Morelli for
providing these behind-the-scenes pictures and videos and for all the work he has done over the years to give us more information about moving panoramas and to former museum director Jessica Skwire Routhier, who made much of the ambitious
project happen. The panorama is not on view, but for more information visit the museum's website. http://www.dyerlibrarysacomuseum.org/panorama/