Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM!
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum
Several items were donated to the museum prior to the virus shutdown. A pencil sharpener from Stearns HS was brought in by Barbara Waters and Mary Santerre sent in several local newspapers. We always accept newspapers as we are trying to fill in the gaps. A few books came from the Millinocket Memorial Library. One in particular, Seboomook, From Native Americans to POWS (Parker) has been added to the Logging Room library. James Day brought in a felt repair kit. This small box contains a set of felt repair tools used in the mill’s paper room. It was made by the Linday Wire Weaving Company, Cleveland. The museum had some of the same repair tools, but this is a complete kit. Cal Wilson donated a photo from one of his dad’s class reunions (Class of 1940). Copies of bills and receipts for services or goods are always interesting. A piece of furniture that once belonged to a member of the Corrigan family had a piece of paper tucked inside. It was a typed billing statement for labor on a camp in 1957. The work was done at the rate of $1.75 an hour and showed payments and balance still due. It was donated by Ellen Bozeman. A photo card received by mail recently from Janet Mishoe has two pictures of the Mishoe/Michaud children, Susette, Robert, Janet, Michael (1958 photo) and Shyla (1962 photo). We accept photos of any family or individuals who have called Millinocket home at some time.
Bill Geller, author of Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps (available at the museum) has a new book. The title is 832,000 Acres, Maine’s 1825 Fire and Its Piscataquis Logging Aftermath. It deals with the east and west branches of the Piscataquis River, the fire and the years following the fire. Copies are available by contacting the author or the Monson Historical Society. Our Millinocket museum has one copy for research purposes.
Plans are underway to reopen the museum Thursday, June 4 with masks and social distancing in effect. You can visit to make a donation of those items you have been saving to bring in. You can view the displays, share information and ask questions, all at a safe distance as individuals or small family groups. We look forward to seeing you and will be ready to accept items or monetary donations or sell you one of our books, DVD’s or photos. We plan to be open 11 AM to 3 PM, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Stay safe!
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.