From Magic City Morning Star|
As another summer comes to a close, the volunteers of the Millinocket Historical Society noticed that there was a bit more to be thankful for just after the last yard sale of the season. On Thursday September 20th the Millinocket Historical Society received another grant from the Davis Family Foundation for $25,000.
During the summer and fall of 2011 new windows were installed and some electrical work was completed. Throughout the winter of 2011, significant demolition done by David Cyr and Mark Bigge allowed the first floor interior space to be opened up. During the summer of 2012, volunteers were hard at work on their yard sales, turkey supper, calendar and book sales. The next step in the renovation process, winter of 2012, includes the installation of a support beam, handicapped bathroom and entrance ramp.
In a video outlining the current work being done at the new location, David Cyr narrates the path forward and what will need to be accomplished to open the doors of future museum.
What has sold this vision of the future museum to the many grant sources has been the architectural vision of David Cyr. By opening-up the center area of the first floor, the visiting museum patron can see the outlining first floor theme rooms, and as time progresses, the second floor will offer even more theme rooms to explore. This vital first step will require a lot of core materials and volunteer time, but combined with the devoted volunteers and generous donations this first step has already started off with a very welcome grant.
By getting the first floor of the Museum operational, we can generate an additional income stream to further the final project. The Maine Department of Tourism has estimated that 220,000 to 240,000 visitors annually pass through the Millinocket, East Millinocket & Medway corridor. These numbers flowing directly past the new museum, every day, equals high visibility, and greater visitor traffic to the museum.
The Millinocket Historical Society has deep community connections, and benefit from their assistance annually. Each year the Knights of Columbus assists us in our yard sales, the Elks Club and Catholic Church have opened their doors to allow us to put on fundraising suppers, the Masons contribute quite generously, as well as many member, and non-member supporters that have assisted in this community project.
The mission of the Millinocket Historical Society is to collect, catalog, preserve and display the history of the town of Millinocket. Our goal is to present a visual history to those that venture north, for those of us that are curious by nature, and most importantly, educating the adults of tomorrow.
Our goal to have the first floor operational by the spring of 2013 really depends on acquiring the necessary funding. The ability to open-up our doors to the public, five to six days a week would generate enough operational capital to continue the construction on second floor.
Our efforts to build the Central Street museum are progressing at an impressive rate. The volunteerism and generosity that has moved this project thus far is outstanding, but the journey is not over.
Lastly, from the entire Millinocket Historical Society and its supporters, we would like to thank the Davis Family Foundation for this most welcome grant.
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