Preserving Millinocket’s heritage, one story at a time.

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New books!

In the Museum Store!
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** 2021 Calendars, a few left – Oh, How We’ve Changed ($12)
*** 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 trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

Laser engraved pavers to honor someone, in memory of a loved one, to remember a school class, a team or business are available to purchase. Other possibilities include your own name or other appropriate ideas. Cost is $100 each. Contact MHS for a form.

Marathon Runner’s Fundraiser Nets $500 for Museum

Here’s an article written by Barbara Waters, Millinocket Historical Society member, following an interview of runner Darryl Perry on Sunday, Dec. 9.
MILLINOCKET – Millinocket was long known for the top quality paper its mill turned out and the papermakers who possessed the skills to produce it. That, of course, changed dramatically. The mill no longer exists. Yet, today, Millinocket’s belief in itself has re-emerged on the feet of the more than 1,300 long distance runners who brought with them a can-do attitude and a desire to help out a struggling town by supporting local businesses. They did so, too, by donating to the town’s important causes through the now well-known December half marathon and marathon event.
One of those beneficiaries of this generosity of spirit is the Millinocket Historical Society Museum. Last Sunday morning (Dec. 8, 2018) Darryl Perry of Keene, N.H. and a member of the Porcupine Athletic Club of New Hampshire, presented grateful museum curator Trudy Wyman with a check for $500.In the past Perry’s fund raising efforts resulted in monies being donated to other worthy causes. This year, based on Perry’s like for history, he donated the $500 in pledged monies through the CrowdRise fund to the museum.
An experienced runner, Perry has run the New York and Brooklyn marathons and is scheduled to run a race in Berlin, Germany. Perry had never heard of Millinocket, but learned of the event at a New Hampshire pre-race dinner and planned to run after he and others researched the event. (Note – In 2017, Perry ran the full marathon and this year the half marathon. Coincidently the date of the Millinocket race came just 26.2 years after the death of his mother. For that reason he dedicated the Dec. 7, 2017 race to his mother. The length of the full marathon is exactly 26.2).
“I’ll be here next year (2019),” Perry promised, noting he has already booked a hotel room. Perry shared his views with museum volunteers Sunday morning after he and about 30 other runners concluded their stay in Millinocket by running a “Fun Run” for “survivors” along the length of Congress St., ending up at the museum.
This self-employed talk show radio host, trim and slim looking today, once weighed 300 pounds. By drastically changing his diet, he lost more than 125 pounds.
Directing “Fun Run” runners along the Congress St. route was Valerie Silensky of Maryland, who wrapped up her third marathon at the Dec. 8 event in Millinocket. The fact she walked the race and finished last did not bother her. She had special praise for the camaraderie and friendly attitudes of the local people and fellow runners.
While runners were getting ready for the race on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, friends and relatives found plenty to do, including visiting the museum. In all, approximately 30 people visited the museum over the weekend. Visitors came from other areas of Maine, Massachusetts, Georgia, Wisconsin, Virginia, Iowa, Cape Elizabeth and Portland.

“Tales of Little Italy” DVD

Now available!
“TALES of LITTLE ITALY” DVD. A 73 minute edited tape of the museum’s Sept.20 afternoon of stories by descendants of Millinocket’s Little Italy. Presenters included Dick Manzo, Dorothy (Colangelo) Howard and Shirley (Gagliardi) Oliver. Audience members participated by asking questions and sharing some of their own stories.
For a copy of the DVD, stop in at the museum or order by mail. Cost is $15.00 each (add $2.50 SH each for mail orders). Check or money order to Millinocket Historical Society,
PO Box 11, Millinocket, ME 04462.
We hope to add more photos, artifacts and stories to the museum’s Little Italy collection. If you have something to share or donate, contact us at the above address or contact MHS Curator, Trudy Wyman at trudy18@beeline-online.net or 207-723-5477 or on the museum’s Facebook page.

New book available!

Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps, a great area book researched and written by Bill Geller is now available at the museum. A limited number at $30.00 each plus $5.00 SH may be had by visiting the museum at 80 Central Street or by sending a check or money order to Millinocket Historical Society, PO Box 11, Millinocket, ME 04462.
The author did ten years of research, walked and canoed most of the area from Medway to Rip Dam and interviewed numerous knowledgeable people in preparing to write this very inclusive book. Get yours while they last. Note: A portion of your payment goes to the museum thanks to the generosity of the author.

2020 Calendars are available!

“Beyond the Mill” is a themed calendar from the Millinocket Historical Society! Available now, this calendar contains vintage photos from the museum’s collection with photos dating from the early 1900’s through the 70’s and eighties plus tidbits of trivia scattered throughout the pages. If you were to draw a large circle around the GNP Millinocket mill, it would encompass such locations as Rip Dam, Norcross, the Rice Farm, Dolby and more. Photos and trivia from those places plus Little Italy, Mill #2, Pittston Farm, North Twin Dam and more show the ex

The calendar can be found at the museum (Thursday, Friday, Saturday Noon-3PM), at Save-a-Lot, Steel Magnolias and Katahdin General Store. Cost is $10.00 (mail orders add $4.00 SH). Send mail orders to Millinocket Historical Society, PO Box 11, Millinocket, ME 04462. Checks made out to Millinocket Historical Society.

Heritage Cookbooks

A Little Taste of History, a 200 page cookbook filled with heritage recipes selected from vintage local community cookbooks is now available. Included are recipes from many of Millinocket’s pioneer ladies or family members, mostly prior to the the 1950’s. Cost is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH for each book). Compiled by MHS museum volunteers, this book has sections for families of Great Northern workers, town and school employees, businessmen and more. It is a unique cookbook with photos and personal notes!
To purchase a cookbook, visit the Millinocket Historical Society museum at 80 Central Street, Millinocket (Thurs. Fri., Sat, afternoons 12 noon-3PM), call 207-723-5477 or email trudy18@beeline-online.net or message via Facebook. Also at Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias and Katahdin General Store in Millinocket.

New Heritage Cookbook

A Little Taste of History, a 200 page cookbook filled with heritage recipes selected from vintage local community cookbooks is now available. Included are recipes from many of Millinocket’s pioneer ladies or family members, mostly prior to the the 1950’s. Cost is $15.00 (mail orders add $5.00 SH for each book). Compiled by MHS museum volunteers, this book has sections for families of Great Northern workers, town and school employees, businessmen and more. It is a unique cookbook with photos and personal notes!
To purchase a cookbook, visit the Millinocket Historical Society museum at 80 Central Street, Millinocket (Thurs. Fri., Sat, afternoons 12 noon-3PM), call 207-723-5477 or email trudy18@beeline-online.net or message via Facebook. Also at Memories of Maine Gallery, Steel Magnolias and Katahdin General Store in Millinocket.

2018 Calendars Available

The new 2018 MHS calendars are in ! Get yours today, only $10.00. You can pick one up at the museum, Levasseur’s Hardware, Save-a-Lot, Rideout’s Market or Katahdin General Store. Mail orders to MHS, PO Box 11, Millinocket, ME 04462 should include additional $4 each calendar for shipping charges. Get yours early!

Hiking Baxter Park, Author Visit July 1

“Hiking from a Comfortable Chair” is an event happening at the museum on Saturday, July 4 from  1 PM-3 PM. Maine writer Greg Westrich, author of the newly published guide book “Hiking Maine’s Baxter State Park will present a slide show and talk on some of the parks lesser known trails. Please join us for all or part of the afternoon. No charge, donations to MHS welcome!

Fundraising Activities

See the Store page for information on books, calendars and other items for sale at the museum!

Paver Fundraiser

We’re off to a good start!

That describes the Millinocket Historical Society’s new fundraising project. Below is a brief explanation.  Please contact the museum for further details, to see a sample of what the paver will look like, to pick up an order blank, or to have one mailed to you.


Help the Millinocket Historical Society complete the renovation of the second floor, basement, and exterior of the new museum at 80 Central Street by purchasing your engraved paver.

Purchase a paver in memory of a loved one, your children, your family or yourself.  Buy a brick for your business, organization, or high school class. These engraved pavers will be placed in the space between the museum’s front porch and the sidewalk, along with a new permanent sign for the museum.