B-BJ Historical Society Holds its Last Meeting for 2020

If you weren’t at the Brownville-Brownville Junction Historical Society’s final meeting of the year on Tuesday, September 15, here’s what you missed:

Bills are paid and we still have money in the bank account! We are thankful for those who annually renew their memberships, for those who have paid lifetime dues ($100) and for new members. This organization exists entirely on donations. So…thank you for your support!

While there have been fewer visitors at the museum this year due to the coroanvirus, the volunteers have been busy. Many, many notebooks have been organized over the last several months so that information about families and events are more easily accessible to visitors. But…we’re not done yet! There is much more of that work to do.

George Dean has been our “go to” painter/handyman this summer. The finish work in the bathroom has all been painted and the entry way also has been spruced up with fresh paint!

Also, while we’ve been working at the process for four years now, we continue to play “catch up” in documenting everything – yes, every single item – in the museum in the PastPerfect program. Lana Washburn has made great progress at this and has trained new volunteer Dan Peters to assist her with that.

Susan Worcester has been working on documenting the information for the outlying areas – Katahdin Iron Works, Williamsburg, Ebeemee.

We are very pleased with the result accomplished by Moosehead Signs in Greenville with the restoration of the BJHS basketball scoreboard! Tom and Micah Stade worked a miracle in bringing that back to life. Now we have to work on getting it properly displayed. That’s a winter project. When everything is in place next year we will have an open house to showcase that and all the history we have of the Brownville/Brownville Junction schools.

George Dean and Ken Hatchette have been working on setting up a working telegraph in the museum with items from the CPR that have been housed at the museum for years. This project is in the works and, hopefully, will also be ready for operation next spring.

The museum will close for the season on Tuesday, September 29th.

Thank you to the museum volunteers who keep the building open to the public every week in the summer – Marilyn Kindamo, George Dean, Lana Washburn, Susan Worcester and Dan Peters. Also to Lynn Weston and Lynn Gerrish for substituting when needed. Thanks to Jeff Larson for keeping the lawn mowed. Thanks for George for all the painting this summer. Thanks to Susan Worcester for the three newsletters published each year. Thanks to member Kevin Lowe who brings us 100 stamps each summer (that pays to mail more than half of our newsletters). And thanks to each of you who have paid dues to belong to the association.

Be assured that our active volunteers will continue to work through the winter months on projects that can be completed at home.

If you aren’t a member – it’s never too late. Dues are $5 (pay now and get the fall newsletter as well as next year’s three newsletters). Send your dues and/or donation to B-BJ Historical Society, PO Box 794, Brownville ME 04414.

If you’ve not been to visit the museum, put it on your bucket list for 2021.



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