“Tales of Little Italy” was a great success as more than sixty people came together at the museum as descendants of Millinocket’s early citizens shared stories of their families and of growing up in that historic section of town. Many thanks go to Dot (Colangelo) Howard. Shirley (Gagliardi) Oliver and Dick Manzo for their willingness to share. Their comments brought forth participation from many audience members who asked questions and/or shared their own stories. Audience members and museum volunteers left the museum knowing more interesting facts about Little Italy’s unique history. Did you know?
1. Granite Street School was built on McNamee’s turnip field;
2. Other nationalities (Greek, Albanian, Irish, Polish, French etc.) also lived there;
3. Children were home at mealtime (didn’t eat at friends as many families might not have enough to feed an extra);
4. One group of kids had a band using big oil cans as instruments;
5. Crates of grapes were shipped from Boston and some homes still have wine barrels in the cellars.
It was a full house with standing room only and the largest crowd ever to visit the museum at one time! On display were several large photos of the DiNardo family, photos and T-shirts from Little Italy Heritage Days, receipts from monies sent by Italian workers to their families in Italy (dated 1915) and more. We hope everyone will return to the museum to view these items as most did not have the opportunity on Sept. 20. Several brought family photos to be scanned or to donate to the museum. These will be placed in the genealogy collection. Others mentioned they would return sometime with photos and other information or artifacts. The plan is to have a significant Little Italy display in the future.
The event was taped and we will let people know later if it will be available in some form. I know we will show it at the museum. Whether it will be available otherwise will be determined. Have to check it out first. Thank you Gary Stevens for the taping. Thank you Diana (Millinocket library intern) for recording for Story Booth project.
***MHS will have a table at the craft fair at the American Legion, Saturday, October 20. Join us there!
***Now available, copies of Greg Westrich’s guidebook, Hiking in Baxter State Park ($20.00 at the museum). It describes numerous park trails.
*** 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, Trailside Country Store and Spoiled Hair Salon, $10.00 each (by mail add $4.00 SH).
***Books by local authors and SHS and St. Martin’s yearbooks for sale ($10.00 each).
*** 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 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.