Turner Museum has successful year

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TURNER — The Turner Museum and Historical Society, located on the top floor of the Leavitt Institute Building, had a successful year with a variety of projects.

The genealogy from cards in the Town Office has been completed by Sterling Hinkley with thousands of entries. The society also purchased a scanner and it is being used to send old photographs of Turner to the Maine Memory Network. A large, used, glass-topped display case was bought and is now home to several items.

Lawrence “Punk” and Laverna House have donated an assortment of articles to the museum and have also loaned the museum a few items including the Keen Tavern sign. A replica of the sign was featured on the society’s float in last year’s Fourth of July parade.

Other donations include an American Girl Doll and accessories depicting 1776 from Janice Pulsifer Holmes. It will be used as an educational tool.

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The museum’s supply of French history books has been sold and they are having a reprint done.

Members created a blue and cranberry quilt which was raffled off at the December open house. The open house activities included local crafters, a bake sale and holiday greenery. The group also sold calenders with 12 pictures of places and people from Turner’s past.

The cattle pound on General Turner Hill was added to the National Registry and they group has purchased a bronze plaque which will be placed there. A plaque will also be placed at the Town House.

The museum is available for research and historical society members are available to assist with projects.

To vounteer or for more information about the history of Turner, call 255-2629. The museum is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and from from 9:30 to noon Saturday.

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