Happy New Year to all the museum’s visitors, supporters, volunteers and members! It’s been a great year with many donations to the collection, the new sign out front, the expansion of the paver project and progress on the second floor display space. The museum had nearly 1000 visitors who signed our guest book and there were others who did not sign, Visitors came from thirty-one states and Washington, D.C. in addition to Maine. There were visitors from Canada and China (the Chinese students attending Stearns HS and the large group here from SHS’s sister school). Other visitors stopped in from England, Morocco, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Okinawa and the Philippines.
Larger groups in addition to the Chinese students were the local 4th grade students, students from Millinocket Middle School and the entire eight grade from Medway Middle School. Other groups included the local Red Hatters, a group of quilters, several Friends of Baxter State Park, America Corps participants and some ghost hunters. The museum has something of interest for everyone!
The new sign out front has helped attract visitors. It was designed and constructed by MHS president and volunteer David Cyr. The paver fundraising project is on-going and more pavers were placed in 2017. Get your orders in now for placement by early summer. Some work was accomplished on the second floor display area late last winter and into the spring. More will be done during the remainder of this winter. Sheet rock placement is the next step. David, Mark and Stan have done most of this work on the upper floor.
More than seventy-five people have donated items to the collection with several of them donating multiple times. They have brought in photographs, newspapers and a wide array of artifacts. Our genealogy section with photos, stories and ephemera has expanded a lot. Items have come by mail, been found stuck in the museum door and handed to museum volunteers at various locations.
The final donation list for 2017 includes a photo of early GNP firemen (Bob Leet), a metal bedpan (Jerry Bulley), a signed copy of Georgia Manzo Joachim’s cookbook and photos and post cards (Don Howard). Rod Williams emailed interesting photos/papers about his lifelong interest in drawing and his military service. Joan Guimond donated the WWII Navy nurse uniform of Verna Guimond.
Thanks to volunteers Anna, Leola, Jane and Susan for all they do assisting visitors, organizing displays, cataloging and more!
*** A Little Taste of History, a new cookbook featuring recipes from many Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants (wives of mill employees, businessmen, school and town employees and more. Includes some photos and personal notes. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH each book). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
***2018 Calendar with vintage photos –still available. Just $10.00 (by mail add $4.00SH). Get your orders in for one of the laser engraved pavers. Cost $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines with up to 15 letters, symbols, spaces per line. Contact museum for form or more details. Another group of pavers will be in before July 4.
*** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. The new OPEN sign will be lit. Weather permitting!
***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.