“Setting Up Shop”

Posted April 28, 2014, at 12:59 p.m.

Dust off your skills and bring them to the first Volunteer Day of 2014 at The Telephone Museum on May 17. Volunteers are welcome to put their life skills and interests to work helping this one-of-a-kind museum with the annual spring-cleaning ritual. Although this includes dusting off telephone sets and sweeping floors, it also includes starting up the big switches and chasing out all the inevitable “bugs” that such mechanisms are prone to gather.

In fact, this work continues throughout the season. The museum’s exhibits are all remnants of the pre-digital era of telecommunications; most are over 50 years old and still functioning. If you worked for a telephone company, you may recognize some of the equipment, but anyone who loves to tinker with mechanical things will love working with these intricate instruments of the past.

In 2014, every third Saturday from May to September, and October 11 are Volunteer Days. They will start with orientation at 10am in the new Visitor Center. You may stay as long as you wish – but we warn you that the history of the telephone network is huge, and everyone can relate to some part of it. Give it a try!

“Setting Up Shop” is the first Volunteer Day at The Telephone Museum, 166 Winkumpaugh Road, north Ellsworth. Hours are 10am to 4pm. New volunteers are advised to meet at 10am in the Visitor Center. For more information and directions visit www.thetelephonemuseum.org or call 667-9491.

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