Feedback from the museum’s “Tales of Little Italy” event has been coming in and everyone seems to have had an enjoyable time. Our Facebook page has received a number of comments, mostly of the “I wish I could have been there” kind. Maureen Delahanty Calder sent a story she had written previously. She had hoped it could have been shared, but unfortunately it did not arrive in time. This story will be added to the museum’s collection.
Copies of the 73 minute DVD of the Little Italy story-telling session are available for purchase at cost of $15.00 (SH $2.50 extra, check or money order to Millinocket Historical Society, PO Box 11, Millinocket, ME 04462). The DVD has short stories by presenters Dorothy (Colangelo) Howard, Dick Manzo, Shirley (Gagliardi) Oliver plus stories and questions from audience members. This is a fundraiser for the museum. We have started off with a few copies and will be making more as needed.
Many new items for the collection received in past weeks include James Ebbett’s trumpet, music stand and several music books and copies of sheet music. James was in the Stearns HS band and later in the Millinocket Town Band. They were donated by Charlene Ebbett. Diane Bilodeau dropped off a Girl Scout scrapbook from Troop 181 (1980). She was the troop leader. She also donated several SHS class of 1944 senior photos and a small album of the class of 1944 when they were 8th graders. Stan Waterhouse gave the museum two photos of HO Bouchard’s triple trailer logging truck #77. This truck hauled huge loads of long logs on the Golden Road in the 1980’s. Deanna Shepperd gave T-shirts from past Little Italy Heritage Days and an album of photos from this event that was held for several years at Granite Street School. The shirts are from 1980 and 1985. Presenters and audience members at the Little Italy event donated family photos. Some were scanned so the originals could be retained by family. Some originals or copies were donated. All these will be listed in later columns.
***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 For groups or appointments, contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at or on Facebook.