Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM!
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum
Graduations/commencements have been a spring ritual for many years in our schools and colleges. This spring has allowed time to reacquaint with some museum items that were added to the collection early on. At Millinocket High School and later at Stearns HS, small folded programs for the graduation exercises were handed out to attendees. Some of these had cords attached in the class colors.
The Millinocket High School class of 1913 had six members with Marion Bradley giving the salutatory address titled Our Flag, The Protection of Nations. The valedictory address was titled The Impossible is Un-American and was done by Leona Theriault. Annie Dwyer presented the class history, Winnifred Bragdon gave the class prophecy and an oration on the Panama Canal was given by Chester Hathaway. The class gift presentation was by Gladys Thorpe.
The museum has similar programs for the class of 1915 (eight students), 1922 (35 students) and 1923 (twenty-one students) and programs for many additional years. It is interesting to note that often the graduating classes had more girls than boys as many boys had left school to go to work. The 1922 and 1923 years followed the destruction of the Millinocket High School building by fire in November of 1921. School was held at the armory and various halls around town with double sessions which possibly affected the number of students who actually finished and graduated.
A 1921 newspaper article describes at length the 1921 graduation held at the Opera House. Small spruce trees were in place, greenery was in evidence around the orchestra pit where the school band performed and class colors adorned the chairs. The stage background held more greenery flecked with pink carnations. The four girls in the class wore white gowns (dresses, not traditional caps and gowns). The audience was described as “interested and sympathetic.”
Another article from 1927 states that over 700 people attended that year’s graduation ceremony. Miss Annie Bears, highest ranking female graduate, introduced the commencement speaker who gave a talk on education. Miss Bears later taught many years in the Millinocket school system.
Books and other items for sale in the museum store are available. Contact me for mail orders or a “social distance” porch sale. At this time, we think the museum will reopen the first week in June when the 2nd phase of the state reopening plan goes into effect. Masks and social distancing will be in effect, but doable as visitors normally come as individuals or small family groups. We look forward to seeing you and will be ready to accept item or monetary donations or sell you one of our books, DVD’s or photos.
In the Museum Store!
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.