Time to catch up with new items in the museum’s collection. We’ve been busy sorting and cataloging these along with enjoying visits with former residents, hikers, campers and other visitors to the Magic City. The states on the 2018 map of the U.S. are rapidly being colored in with Kentucky, Colorado, Texas and Tennessee just last week.
Thanks to Betty Steeves for donating bound copies of Stearns HS yearbooks 1928 through 1960. These have been placed in the museum’s archives. Other copies of SHS and St. Martin’s yearbooks continue to be available for browsing in the museum’s Research/Genealogy Room. Bound copies of several years of GNP News were given by David Wollstadt, former editor of that business newspaper. These are located in the Research Room with other GNP scrapbooks, publications and news articles already in the collection. Wollstadt also donated unbound copies of McLeod’s The Northern, McCann’s Timber and papers relating to the mill’s history. One booklet has photocopies from glass negatives in the GNP collection in the Fogler Library, University of Maine Special Collections.
Two books of area interest have been added to the museum’s library. Grandma Gatewood’s Walk, the Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail was donated by Leola Dubois. It takes place in the 1950’s when the trail was much different than now. This writer donated Cross Border Tales. Mostly a family genealogy researched and written by Charles McGowan. It covers his family history in Maine and New Brunswick. McGowan visited the museum earlier this month while in town awaiting a flight to Ragged Lake to retrace his great-uncle’s journey as a lumberjack in the early 1900’s. McGowan shared the story of his relative’s trek to Millinocket and Ragged Lake where he subsequently drowned as he and others were crossing the lake on their way back to the logging camp. The body was recovered, hauled by sled to Greenville, loaded on the train to Bangor where it was transferred to another train to New Brunswick and finally taken by raft down the St. John River to the man’s final resting place. McGowan emailed after his return home to Massachusetts that he had flown over the lake and to Greenville and then traveled to New Brunswick. He collected some water from Ragged Lake and poured it on his great-uncle’s grave. By the way, Dr. McGowan is 86 years old and drove himself from Massachusetts to Millinocket to pursue this family story. Both books may be seen at the museum and both are available on-line.
Copies of Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps by Bill Geller is available at the museum. Cost is $30.00. By mail add $5 SH. The new 2019 “Sports for All Ages” themed calendars are available at the museum, Save-a-Lot, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General Store and Trailside Country Store, $10.00 each (by mail add $4.00 SH).

***Books by local authors, sets of GNP/Bowater drinking glasses & 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. $15.00 (mail orders $5.00 SH each). At the museum, Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias, Katahdin General, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium, Trailside Country Store & 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 trudy18@beeline-online.net. For groups or appointments, contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.