Newspaper headlines, there have been many notable ones and many people have saved them. Recently the museum received a number of Bangor Daily News issues with memorable headlines. They were donated by William Gallant (saved by his mother). Included were papers from the assassinations of JFK and RFK, early space exploration 9/11 and more. The museum previously had many of these same papers, but for many the condition was questionable. In this recent donation, the papers were never folded and kept wrapped in a dry location making them suitable for framing/display at some future time.
In 2013, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the 1963 SHS basketball team’s New England championship, a reunion was held. Patsy Huston donated a CD and several photos of the gathering. The museum has several scrapbooks containing news articles from the games. Another donor brought in a photo of the Baptist Church choir (date unknown) and several other small items. Susan Burke brought in a group of SHS senior photos and donated them in memory of Bill Burke. As most of these do not have the graduation year or student name on them, research will be done using yearbooks. It appears most are from the 1940’s.
The museum received a banner from the Rowdy Riders Riding Club (4H). It was found and saved during demolition of a building at the hovel. This location has a lot of history for 4H and others in the area. A reminder to those involved in area organizations that have disbanded or are thinking about it. The museum is willing to become a depository for historical memorabilia from any local group. We already have materials from several groups that no longer exist here. We are especially interested in photos, membership lists, a written history of the group, regalia and other smaller items. As the museum prepares to expand to the second floor, more space to display such things will be available. Currently, the museum has materials from the following: Navy Mother’s Club, Masons & Eastern Star, Odd Fellows & Rebekah’s, Rainbow Girls, Boy & Girl Scouts, American Legion, Literary Club, Millinocket Players and some items from a number of other groups.
*** Stop by the museum store for calendars, books by local authors (most are gently used) plus other items of interest. We recently received several sets of GNP/Bowater drinking glasses to use as a fundraiser. Sets of four in original boxes sell for $10.00 (if mailed, SH to be added). Some copies of matted 8” x 10” and 5” x 7” photos for sale.
*** A Little Taste of History, 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.
***Orders 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.
*** 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.