A recent snowstorm caused a one day closure of the museum, but when open, work goes on and visitors stop in! A damaged photo album from the Laverty Collection has been taken apart, the photos scanned and placed in archival sleeves and put into a new album. The photos are of GNP logging activities of the 1940’s at places like Schoodic Brook, Mud Brook, Rice Farm and Ripogenus. There are over 150 of these photos.
Another winter project includes the addressing and stuffing of envelopes for our annual mail fundraiser which once again is off to a great start with monetary donations coming from all over the country. Thank you all! If you have not received a letter and wish to help out with a monetary donation, to purchase a paver or one of the items from the museum’s store, see information below. Other projects include putting together the new calendar for 2019 and this time it will have a theme, something MHS has not done before. Several old local newspapers from 1939-40 are being cataloged, a slow process, as all local names, businesses, social activities etc. are being added to our computer program to allow computer searches that do not require the further handling of the fragile newspapers.
Research on various topics keeps volunteers busy! A recent request has been for photos and/or information on the history of the library (100th birthday coming up next year). Another by the American Legion for the local post’s 100th anniversary and including information on WWI local military. A third request was for photos for a Ross Manor event. A young man flew to Maine from Oregon to research his family tree in the Benedicta area and stopped at the museum to see if there might be a local connection. We found a distant link to the Rush family.
In addition to all of the above, MHS is preparing for visits from two student groups in early April. A group of about a dozen Barauch College journalism students are expected here as part of an “outdoor experience.” They are from Manhattan. The following week a group of 96 high school students from a Portland area charter school will be in the area for a week and plan to visit the museum for some historical background information. We will be busy!
*** A Little Taste of History, a cookbook featuring recipes from 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. Now only $5.00 (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.