Calendar to raise funds for history group

Posted Dec. 16, 2008, at 11:44 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 11:10 a.m.

MILLINOCKET, Maine — It’s not likely to be among the Millinocket Historical Society’s biggest fundraisers, but the society’s calendar is among its steadiest, members said Tuesday.

The 2009 calendar is available for $8.50 as part of society efforts to raise $100,000 to buy the former Mott apartment building on Central Street. The theme of this year’s calendar — Millinocket People and Places, 1930s and 1940s — comes from requests from buyers of last year’s calendar, which sold out, historical society museum curator Trudy Wyman said.

“They said they would like to see more pictures of people and have them identified,” Wyman said Tuesday. “We had quite a few pictures from that era that we had dates and names to go with, so that’s what we pulled out.”

The Town Council voted 4-3 on Oct. 25, 2007, to allocate about $100,000 for the purchase and upkeep of the building. Under the council’s deal, the society has two years to raise money to pay the town back or the town can sell the property.

As of Tuesday, the society had raised about $38,000, member John McManus said.

The calendars, member Kathy Gagnon said, are available at Levasseur’s Hardware store, Magic City Mini Golf, the Pangburn Family IGA and Millinocket Floral Shop. For mail orders, add $2.50 and mail to MHS, P.O. Box 11, Millinocket 04462.

Wyman, society president Sally Bouchard and member Frank Crosby created the calendar, Gagnon said.

Purchasers have come from as far away as Massachusetts and include a former Stearns High School student from the 1940s who, when he saw himself in one picture, ordered three more calendars for relatives, Wyman said.

“We have also sold them to newer residents of town who haven’t been here a long time but they are just interested” in the history of the town, she said.

In other historical society news:

— Member David Duplisea’s book “Images of America — Millinocket” continues to sell well. The book, which uses images and information from society archives, is available for $19.95 at Pangburn’s, Millinocket Floral, Millinocket Insurance Agency, Memories of Maine and Northlight Gallery.

— The museum recently created a Donor’s Hall of Fame plaque. Donated by Pat Wilson of Wilson’s Jewelry store, the plaque is dedicated to patrons who made donations in excess of $100.

— Society members seek recipes from Millinocket residents and natives for a cookbook they are developing. Recipes may be sent to Millinocket Historical Society Recipes, 5 Pleasant St., Millinocket 04462.

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