Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum
The cookbooks are ready for purchase! Called Remember Our Heritage, A Little Taste of History, it is available at the museum, $15.00 each (by mail, add $5.00 each for SH). The cookbook (nearly 200 pages) has recipes from many of Millinocket’s pioneer ladies and their descendants plus some photos and other tidbits. They are from older local cookbooks 1900-1960 and are written as they were originally used by the various cooks.
Charming functions with attendees in attractive costumes! These were the words in the newspaper describing Halloween activities in Millinocket (Bangor Daily News,1922). Perhaps other less charming events occurred, but they didn’t make the newspaper. Described as “the most important of the charming functions” held during Halloween week were the socials sponsored by the Congregational and Baptist churches.
At the Congregational Church, a crowd gathered to watch a delightful play, The Bachelor’s Dream, followed by a piano solo and a reading. A social completed the evening “with games and Halloween stunts. Apple blossoms containing fortunes were sold. Refreshments of sandwiches, cake and coffee were served. All agreed the evening had been a most delightful one.”
That same year, at the Baptist Church, a large crowd gathered to celebrate All Saints Eve. A masquerade social and a play titled The Haunted Gate was presented by the choir and orchestra. The article states this play was presented on the “new platform of the spacious basement with its fine footlights.” Later, Halloween stunts were enjoyed and sandwiches, coffee and doughnuts were served. Money raised went to the piano fund.
The Thimble Club had a Halloween party as their first meeting of the year. Held at the Simon Gagnon home, this group celebrated in a bit more lively fashion. “The guests were received at the door in darkness by weird witches who led the way to the ghost room above. The remains of John Brown’s body were discovered and examined amid many blood-curdling shrieks.” Each guest told a “hair-stirring ghost tale” and there was a ghost telling fortunes. “A skeleton danced, even more denuded than Isadora Duncan” (a famous vaudeville dancer). Refreshments included sandwiches, salad, pumpkin pie, marguerites (a sweet treat on a cracker), coffee and sweet cider.
In 1924, Barbien’s Hall was the site of the Baptist Church party where the costumes were described as attractive and varied. Eighty dollars was raised.
***MHS is now part of the Amazon Smile program. When shopping there, choose smile, select MHS, and the museum will receive a small amount. Every little helps!
*** The 2018 calendars at the museum, Levasseurs, Save-a-Lot, Katahdin General Store, Rideout’s Market. Just $10.00 each. Add $4.00 SH each for mail orders.
*** Orders for the next group of pavers now being taken. Contact MHS for 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, your own name or other wording.
*** 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.
*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit.
***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For groups or appointments, contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.