MILLINOCKET – Some of the best kept secrets in the community are the thousand upon thousands of historical artifacts saved from oblivion by the efforts of Millinocket Historical Museum, plus the wonderful genealogy resources available through the museum for people interested in researching their families’ pasts.
To share with the public the progress made by the local museum and to provide a special insight into the museum, volunteers have chosen Friday, May 18, to hold a special open house and to observe International Museum day, an event celebrated on that day around the world.
The open house and International Museum Day observance will be held between noon and 3 p.m. May 18, at the museum’s 80 Central St., Millinocket location.
This day is an occasion to raise awareness on how important museums are in the development of society.
Museum officials are inviting and encouraging local residents to not only attend the celebration but to test their knowledge of the town’s local history through a special trivia activity. Light refreshments will be available. Volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions regarding the collection and other services provided.
The Millinocket Historical Museum, which is completely independent of the Town of Millinocket, houses nearly 10,000 historical items. The museum artifacts are a reflection of the entire town and include displays of sports, schools, businesses, police and fire departments and every day life in Millinocket’s early years. The history of logging, the river drives and Great Northern Paper is told separately through a significant collection of photographs, utensils and tools.
The museum was founded in 1979 by Bud and the late Polly Segee and was housed for many years in the municipal building prior to its move on July 4, 2014 to its Central St. location.
The museum is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m. and people are invited and encouraged to drop in and visit.
The museum is operated by the Millinocket Historical Society. For more information contact museum curator Trudy Wyman at 723-5477 or at email@example.com,207-723-5477.