Museum holiday hours from Thursday, June 28 everyday through Saturday, July 7 will be 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. On Wednesday, July 4, times will be 10:00 AM to 4 PM.
Queries come to the museum by email or telephone and usually it is someone wishing to learn more about a person, family history, home or business. The topics vary, but a recent phone query was a bit unusual. A lady is attempting to track down some heirloom bean seeds. Yes, bean seeds! This is her story. Members of her family lived in Millinocket in the 1920’s-1930’s. Somehow they had obtained seeds for green pole beans that grew long, flat, wide green beans. She mentioned that there was an old story associated with the beans, something about an old hunter shooting a duck and the duck had beans inside. Perhaps this was where the family first obtained the bean seeds. She went on to say that her family had grown these beans and saved seeds from them for many years, until a few years ago the saved seeds did not germinate. She hopes someone in the Millinocket area may have information/seeds from this line of pole beans. The final bit to this story….the lady’s last name is Bean!!
Bill Geller’s book, Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps, has been well-received. During his time in Millinocket (first week of June), he presented copies of the book to a number of people who provided him with information and research for the book. In addition, he kindly donated ten copies to the museum. Those copies were all purchased within a few days. Because of the interest, Geller has placed an order for a reprint and the museum will be the location for the sale and distribution of these books. Geller’s original intent was not to be a “seller of books,” as the project was a personal endeavor. The museum is currently taking names and contact information for those who would like to purchase a book. Cost is $30.00 and if mailed, shipping charges will be added. Stop in at the museum or contact me (see phone, email below) to be added to the list. There is a copy of the book at the museum so you can see what it is.
The new 2019 “Sports for All Ages” themed calendars are available for purchase at the museum, at Save-a-Lot, Steel Magnolias and Katahdin General Store, $10.00 each (by mail add $4.00 SH).
*** Stop by the museum for calendars, books by local authors (some are gently used) plus other items of interest. We have several sets of GNP/Bowater drinking glasses donated to use as a fundraiser. Sets of four in original boxes sell for $10.00 (if mailed, SH to be added). Some matted 8” x 10” and 5” x 7” photos for sale.
*** A Little Taste of History, recipes from Millinocket pioneer families and their descendants. 200 pages. Each cookbook is $15.00 (mail orders $5.00 SH each). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium & by mail.
*** Engraved pavers are $100.00 each. Up to 3 lines, 15 letters, symbols, spaces max per line. Contact museum for form or more details.
***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.