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

The Millinocket Marathon and Half weekend was a great success! The museum saw a good crowd of runners, family members and friends. Many were interested in learning about this unique town and how it magically sprouted up here in the wilderness of early 1900’s Maine. A group also stopped in Sunday morning after a short Sunday Fun Run that brought them past the museum. Some in this group were instrumental in getting the word out about the online fundraiser for the museum. Anyone interested in participating in the fundraiser may go to Facebook, The Millinocket Historical Society page and scroll down a ways to the Dec. 1 posting. Click on the photo of last year’s oversize check presentation and it will take you directly to the site where you may donate. Or you may donate directly to MHS at the address below. Thank you!
Some tidbits of Christmas season goings-on from the newspaper scrapbooks of Carl Hull, Millinocket librarian 1921-1928, a brief look into Christmas in the Katahdin area.
1. Congo Church sale to benefit bell fund;
2. Young people and elders making wreathes at the Baptist Church;
3. Small fire at Gonya Clothing Store where “a dainty little cottage with its tissue paper and cotton snow caught fire in some way and its beauty was destroyed in short order. The force of clerks extinguished the blaze without outside help.”
4. Sale at Friendly Hall (where??) with chance to buy wonderful Christmas gifts and no need to go home for supper as the ladies are serving many good things from beans to oysters;
5. “Do not forget the Junior Exhibition in the rush of Christmas. Admission only 35 cents, not 50 cents as ticket accidently states;”
6. The Sunday before Christmas found Millinocket in the “intense throes” of winter;
7. And among many other mentions, “This year for the first time, the Post Office windows will be closed on Christmas Day in common with all offices in U. S.”

In the Museum Store great gifts for Christmas!
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** 2020 Calendars – 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,” (BW Edwards) $15.00; “Millinocket” (D. Duplisea) $20.00; “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $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.