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Expanded museum hours, new and updated exhibits

Posted May 25, 2012, at 7:42 p.m.

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Expanded Museum Hours, New and Updated Exhibits

The Thomaston Historical Society announces the expansion of their museum hours. Beginning June 5th, their museum hours will be open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 2 to 4 P.M. and on Saturdays between 1 and 3 P.M. These hours will continue through the last week in August.

The museum is also featuring a new exhibit and many updates of other exhibits. A new donation is a diminutive wooden printing press that was discovered in the attic of 65 Main Street. The small press has a black marble press bed. The Main Street address, circa 1813, was Dwight Sullivan’s marble shop. The miniature press was likely used for small printing jobs or to demonstrate one of the many uses of marble. According to the Museum of Printing, this press is in the style of an English Common Press which first appeared in the 1600s. This particular model most likely dates prior to 1820. After that, small printing jobs were usually printed on an all metal Gordon press. Unfortunately, the press arm is missing.

The Maine State Prison exhibit has been expanded with many new photographs and increased information to give visitors a feeling of an inmate’s life in prison and the evolution of the prison from its opening in 1824 until the prison was moved to its new location in 2002.

The Thomaston Historical Society’s museum is located at 80 Knox Street, just north of the railroad tracks, in the red brick building known as “The Farmhouse.”

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