Variety… that word describes the items donated to the museum’s collection recently. Remember when there was a lot of activity and young horseback riders at the hovel? Several trophies were given to the museum by Barbara Hartwell. Charlene Deane donated a photo of a group of Masonic gentlemen. Kitty St. John brought in a 1957 B & A railroad magazine, In the Maine Woods. We are slowly filling in the gaps in that collection. A 1940’s map of Piscataquis County was brought in by James Bartlett. It was used that same day to show a group of tourists just how expansive are parts of northern Maine with large areas with no towns.
The museum’s scouting collection keeps growing. Sue Jandreau donated her Girl Scout sash with numerous badges and pins. The museum is still in need of a Girl Scout uniform as well as ones from Cub Scouts and Brownies. Can anyone help? The museum has many Stearns HS/St. Martin’s commencement programs and other graduation memorabilia including a program from SHS 1925. Carol Page added a 1976 program. A reminder that the museum has many years of both Stearns and St. Martin’s yearbooks for sale at $10.00 each. We also have some Schenck yearbooks for sale.
Betty Hopper who donated the B & A Railroad station chair made a return visit and gave a lunch basket used by a railroad employee and a great photo showing a large group of people on the Baptist Church steps. We consider all the above items and others at the museum as “treasures” and there’s one more to mention. A key might seem like a small thing, but the one brought in by Nadine Webster is special. The museum has three or four of the small metal coin banks given out by the Millinocket Trust Company to children to encourage saving. When these were full, the bank would open them and the pennies, nickels and dimes would be added to a savings account. The only key to open the banks was in the possession of the bank. Nadine brought in a bank and attached to it with some yarn was the master key. She said her husband acquired the key from a bank employee (possibly when the bank ceased business or when they were no longer giving out the coin banks).

*** New 2020 calendars available! The theme “Beyond the Mill” was chosen to highlight the wide reach of the Great Northern Paper Company. At the museum, Save-a-Lot, Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium, Steel Magnolias, and Katahdin True Value. $10.00 each, by mail add $5.00 SH.
*** At the Museum Store:
1. “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” by Bill Geller – $30.00 ($5.00 each SH);
2. Booklet -1903 Report on Millinocket & mill – interesting statistics – $7.00 at museum;
3. Millinocket by David Duplisea – $20.00 ($5.00 SH);
4. “Tales of Little Italy” DVD, $15.00 ($3.00 each SH);
5. “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00 ($5.00 each SH on mail orders);
6. “Spirits of Katahdin” DVD – $10.00 ($3.00 each SH);
7. Engraved pavers, $100.00 each, contact MHS for details and form.
*** Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, noon – 3PM.
*** 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.