Several new items have made their way into the museum’s collection since the first of the year. Verna Guimond, a US Navy nurse, served in the South Pacific during WWII. One of her uniforms in now on display in the military room. Joan Guimond recently brought in a photo to be placed with the uniform. Other uniforms currently on mannequins in this room are the U.S. Navy uniform of John LaPlante (Korean War era) and Jon Foster’s Desert Storm era camo uniform.
Don Howard brought in several copies of the Stearns HS school newspaper Snoops and Scoops. They were from the 1960’s. He also donated a circus poster. The L. E. Barnes visited Millinocket in the early 2000’s sponsored by the Millinocket Chamber of Commerce. No year is given on the poster, but research provided information that this circus began touring about 2001. Although not an old artifact, it is important to start saving newer items. They will be old someday! Of interest is that the town name is spelled Millenocket! Did you know that in the early days Millinocket was sometimes spelled with two T’s, Millinockett! The museum has a couple of photos of signs with this spelling.
In 1993, the local hospital did a major renovation titles “Give Us Wings.” There was a ground-breaking ceremony on May 28 of that year with several of the doctors taking part. The museum now has one of the spades used in this ceremony, complete with special plaque for the occasion. Dr. Peter Mason took part in the ceremony. The spade was donated by Barbara Mason.
There have been two Marathon and Half races in Millinocket in the past two years. The runners (from all over the country) and their friends have generously supported local businesses and non-profits (Our Katahdin and Friends of the Millinocket Memorial Library). This year, one of the runners has chosen to help the museum by starting a fundraiser and is seeking donations from other runners, from runners at other marathons and the general public. Anyone can donate (starting now) by going to the internet site called Millinocket Marathon Runners Give Back. Thank you Daryl Perry of New Hampshire for doing this! The site is: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/millinocket-marathon-runners-give-back/porcupineathleticclub
*** 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 $4.00 SH).
***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.