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Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM

By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum

            Boxes and bags filled with miscellaneous items are like treasure chests for museum volunteers. One never knows what will be found in the depths of these containers. They arrive in the mail and are carried in by visitors. Recently a box arrived from Randa LaPlante Fitzgerald in Alabama. She has sent several boxes over time. The latest contained cookbooks and two framed photos. The photos were of the christening of the GNP towboat, O. A. Harkness, at Norcross. One shows the towboat on the lake and the other depicts an older lady christening the boat. The donor believes it is Mrs. Harkness. Also seen in the photo is young Randa LaPlante. She tells us her grandparents camp was nearby and her grandfather handed her his tape recorder and microphone and told her to go over and hold the mike near enough to record the ceremony.  We would like to know the date of this event (estimated perhaps late 1960’s) and if anyone knows details about this towboat or any of the others. The museum has several photos of GNP towboats, however, most do not show a name and some just have a number. We would like to put together a reference file on these.

            Cookbooks…museum volunteer Leola is working on a heritage cookbook for us to sell in the Museum Store. She is looking for recipes that can be tied to Millinocket pioneer cooks and others from early local families prior to about the 1940’s-50’s. The plan is to reprint some of these recipes and perhaps include a photo of the cook or include an anecdote about them. These old recipes were handed down and even though many are sparse with directions, the end result was and is still enjoyed by many diners. If you have such a local old family recipe, contact us at the museum. The box mentioned above had three cookbooks not already in the museum collection. These will be checked for possible recipes to include.

            Thanks to Tom Picard for sharing a list of names to go with the museum’s 1920 panoramic photo of the Millinocket High School and Common School students. This photo is on display in our current school display and often visitors try to find a relative, but to no avail. We will get the names with the photo soon. We have recently shared MFD photos with Tom for a project he’s working on and he allowed us to scan several  photos he had. 


*** A new paver order will be sent soon for the next group to be placed later this year. Contact MHS for the specifics. The pavers are $100.00 each (tax deductible) and may be in honor or in memory, for a school or team, business, organization or in your own name. Once the snow melts, come view the pavers already in place.

*** Visit the museum store for local books, calendars, DVD and more or contact us for details including prices and shipping information.

 *** Museum HOURS…. Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from noon – 3 PM. Watch for the sandwich board sign out front.


***Contact me, Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or trudy18@beeline-online.net to arrange for groups or appointments. Contact the Millinocket Historical Society at P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.