Thomaston: Knox museum encourages interest

Posted July 31, 2008, at 12 a.m.

THOMASTON, Maine -&nbspResidents and all who are interested in the future of Montpelier, the General Henry Knox Museum, are invited to attend the annual meeting of the organization at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, in the sanctuary of the Episcopal Church of St. John Baptist, 200 Main St.

“This is not a meeting just for museum members,” Executive Director Doug Winterich said. “The museum has been part of Thomaston for 75 years, and Knox’ s role in town and in the midcoast has spanned four centuries. When he was alive he was a good neighbor, and the museum that bears his name and maintains his legacy tries to follow in that tradition.”

The meeting will take place at the church because it can accommodate more people in one room than the museum can, Winterich said.

The museum has recently adopted the motto “It’ s your museum too!” in hopes of including residents and other friends as plans are made for improvements at the site, Winterich said.

Included on the meeting agenda will be plans for new gardens and landscaping as well as an education center.

After the meeting, a reception will be held at the Cole House, immediately adjacent to the Museum. Light refreshments will be served.

During the reception Montpelier will be open to allow all attending to view the summer exhibition of “Armaments in Colonial America.”

The exhibit’ s centerpiece is one of the original cannons, on loan from Fort Ticonderoga, that was part of the “noble train of artillery” Knox transported from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston in the winter of 1775-76, allowing Washington to oust the British occupying the city and handing the Patriots their first major victory of the American Revolution.

The exhibition will be on view through the end of August. The Museum Gift Shop also will be open.

For information, contact Winterich at 354-0885 or go to www.knoxmuseum.org.

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