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

With 2019 nearing its end, it’s time to catch up with all the end of year donations to the museum. Thank you to those who have donated directly to MHS or through the on-line fundraiser as part of the Marathon/Half weekend. And a huge thank you to the seventy people who brought in, had someone else bring in or mailed items for the museum’s collection. Several of those folks have donated multiple times!
Rodney Gagnon visited with a collection of news articles, programs, etc. from his Graham family relatives. He also donated a great 1920’s Boy Scout campaign hat plus photos of himself and several classmates who spent time in the military. The museum is always looking to add to the photo/info collection of local military men and women. A group of items donated by Marian and Al Fowler included photos of the construction of Granite Street School in the mid 1950’s. Another group of photos show various buildings around town that were taken as part of a school project for students in the gifted-talented program (grades 1-5). A third group of photos donated by the Fowlers shows third graders participating in the “Great Spring Clean-up” and fourth graders with tree seedlings. Senior photos from the 1940’s were given also.
Jean Plourde brought in a panoramic photo (framed) of local area men at Camp Edwards (1948). This National Guard camp in Massachusetts was a training area for National Guardsmen during WWI and after. Most of the men in the photo are named. Sandy Haynes stopped in with a box of news articles from the 1963 basketball team’s success, a number of 2003 local newspapers with articles about the mill and several issues of Snoops and Scoops.
Added to the Girl Scout collection are two dolls (Junior Girl Scout and Cadette Girl Scout) in proper uniforms donated by Beth Eyles. They are from the 1960’s. Nadine Webster added more Girl Scout badges plus a poster from SHS spring sports 1986 and one from the SHS Thespians production of Oliver, 1971. Dick Labby gave an article about the recovery of his truck from an unexpected dunk in a local lake a few years ago. He also identified many of the first graders in a photo on display!
To finish, the Dexter Historical Society mailed a nice photo of SHS and Bruce Leavitt uncovered items in the walls of his home. Included were a bottle cap from Boddy’s Dairy and one that says Jones Baby Milk from TB Tested Cows. Would this bottle cap be from Jones Dairy? Randa LaPlante Fitzgerald sent a box that included her dad’s Navy hat (to go with his uniform on display) and several more household items.
We appreciate all the things that are donated through the year! Keep them coming!!

In the Museum Store!
*** 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.