Museum to dedicate library and database

Posted May 31, 2011, at 5:23 p.m.

THOMASTON — The General Henry Knox Museum will dedicate its new library and unveil its Henry Knox Papers Database at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, at Cole House, next door to Montpelier, the big white mansion at the turn to Saint George in Thomaston. Mrs. Ellen Simmons, whose support, along with that of her late husband, Mr. Matthew Simmons, has made the creation of the library possible, will be on hand for the dedication. The public is invited to attend.

The collection of books housed in the soon-to-be-named Elias Adams and Lougee Family Library at the museum’s Center for the Study of Early American History has grown steadily in recent years. It includes many volumes recognized as pillars of American history, books penned by past museu speakers Cokie Roberts, Brian Lamb, David McCullough and Doris Buffett, and many titles specific to Henry Knox. All materials are available to support staff, independent public research, curriculum planning and participants of the museum’s Summer Teacher Institute.

The Henry Knox Papers Database, a unique project in development at the museum library, strives to make the papers of Henry Knox, his family and his business dealings more accessible to Knox scholars, genealogists, Maine historians and all students of American history.  A searchable index enables the database to function as a centralized research tool providing precise access to the content of the Knox collections available not only at Montpelier, but at multiple historic and cultural institutions around the country.

And while much Knox scholarship is dedicated to the General’s military career and service as secretary of war, this new database significantly enhances the research capabilities for studying Knox’s Maine business interests, as well as for identifying and providing some colorful background for many of the people and locations mentioned in the original Knox papers.

The library and database are open to the public and research assistance is available at the library for all interested students, teachers, scholars and history buffs. To access the database visit http://search.knoxmuseum.org/landing.aspx. To learn more about the June 7 dedication ceremonies and public reception, call 354-8062 or email info@knoxmuseum.org.

http://bangordailynews.com/2011/05/31/living/museum-to-dedicate-library-and-database/ printed on November 29, 2014