Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum
So much has happened in the three years since the museum opened its doors at the Central Street location on July 4th, 2014! Hundreds of new historical items have been donated, exhibits have been added to or changed and the Genealogy/Research Room has added much material and has been used by people from all over the country. The paver fundraiser project continues and the engraved pavers can be seen placed around the new MUSEUM sign. Work is progressing on the second floor display space although there is still much to do there plus improving the look of the end and rear outside walls and roof.
Mid -June through the July 4th week, the museum had the greatest number of visitors ever in that four week period and we expect the numbers to continue. They came from California, Montana and Arizona, from Kansas, Michigan and Texas and from all over the East Coast. We saw four year old twins and a 92 year old gentleman and a 96 year old lady. A gentleman from England stopped in and a relative of Charles Mullen, one of the founders of Great Northern spent time at the museum. And we have to mention the local people who come by, many of whom have made multiple visits while other have stopped in for the first time. Thank you all for your support!
On July 1, the museum hosted Greg Westrich, author of the guide book “Hiking in Maine’s Baxter Park.” He showed wonderful slides of the trails and talked about them. He signed copies of his book. A few of the books are available at the museum. His family accompanied him for the presentation as they have accompanied him on his exploration of the park trails. A nice crowd was present for his talk.
New items include a note pad from Millinocket Fabrication & Machine (Dianne Bilodeau); copy of WWII letter from Bangor Daily News column “A Soldier’s Diary by Carrol Folsom (Carol Folsom Page); and two 1940’s Millinocket Journals (Beverly LaPlante). Carole Howard donated a small bell from Aroostook Avenue School. It was one of several placed throughout the building and probably was used to signal start and end of school, recess and such. It is now on display in the museum’s school area.
*** The 2018 calendars are now available at the museum, Levasseurs, Save-a-Lot and Katahdin General Store. Still just $10.00 each. Add $4.00 SH each for mail orders.
*** A new paver order has been placed in front of the museum. Orders for the next group are being taken. Contact MHS for the specifics. The pavers are $100.00 each (tax deductible) and may be in honor or in memory, for a school or team, business, organization, family or in your own name.
*** Visit the museum store for local books, calendars, DVD (legends of Mt. Katahdin) and more or contact us for details including prices and shipping information. We have copies of the 2010 alumni book, some Fernwood items, dishcloths and more.
*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. ***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for groups or appointments. Contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.