Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM!
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum

Thanks to a MacKenzie grant received late in 2019, the museum now has a new computer and updated software. The museum was originally in the town’s municipal building (1979) and was run by able volunteers until the early 2000’s. Then after a closure for a time, the museum reopened in 2007. The first fundraiser was a calendar for 2008. This project was very successful (thank you to all those first business sponsors and folks who purchased the calendar)! Funds from that project were used to purchase a computer, scanner, printer and software (Past Perfect 4.0) which was then becoming popular with museums large and small. I believe MHS was the first small museum in the area to purchase this software that allows for accession and cataloging of museum acquisitions. Those hardware components and software have been in use at MHS since that time.
Moving forward to March 2020! The new computer and software arrived and are ready to go, but not without some glitches and moments of stress. First, the new Past Perfect 5 was successfully loaded to the new computer (came with a disc). Here’s the story of the glitches…we do not have internet at the museum. The new computer needed Microsoft Word (for Past Perfect 5.0 to work) which necessitated a long phone conversation (from home) with a Microsoft lady who talked me through downloading an installer on my personal computer. Next step, copy the installer to a thumb drive, go to the museum and load it on the new computer. Success! Next step, take the portable hard drive that has been used weekly to back up the 4.0 and transfer all the accessions etc. (from 2007 to date) from the old computer to the new computer. Partway through, computer can’t find the backup. Read the manual, e-mailed Past Perfect, talked to representative and tried again. No go! Brought computer home to get internet connection, on phone with Ginger at Past Perfect who spent 45 minutes taking over the computer, performing numerous steps and finally getting everything sorted out and working. There was one step missing in the instructions that needed doing! Now to get familiar with everything! Still to come, connect with printer, order a new scanner (larger for up to 11” x 17” photos) and new photo printer! It’s been an interesting few weeks!
The museum can still be contacted via email, phone or Facebook. See below! Our sales items listed below are still available by mail. Save any items you wish to donate to the museum for when we reopen!
In the Museum Store!
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** 2020 Calendars, a few left – Beyond the Mill ($10)
*** DVD’s from both Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 are available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books available: “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” (Bill Geller) $30.00; “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” (Moody) $18.00; “Tanglefoot,” (Edwards) $15.00; “Millinocket” (D. Duplisea) $20.00; “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00; both Laverty books, $25 for history & $10 for architecture; “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $15.00.
*** All items may be mailed – add $5 SH each item.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.