MUSEUM — Monmouth Museum is suggesting the gift of history for holiday gift giving. The museum offers many unique historic publications about Monmouth and her history. While subject titles vary greatly, the common thread of these books is they all feature a segment of the past and history of Monmouth and those who have lived there.

The uniqueness of the publications is that with the exception of one, they all are only available through the Monmouth Museum. Due to many requests, the museum is making these books available by special arrangement for those who want to purchase them for holiday gifts. While the museum and gift shop are now closed for the season, shoppers can call the numbers listed below to pick up books of their choice.

Featured books available include one which was published this year, “Recalling Monmouth’s Greatest Turf and Farm Era.” The 328-page book pulls together a collection of photographs and reflections on the town’s agricultural history. It is an amazing keepsake for people who have farmed in Monmouth and also for the future generations of these farmers.

The book tells the stories that were it not for the museum would have been forever lost. It is in its third publishing since August and without question the most important and historic book the museum has ever made available to the public to date. This book is available for a donation of $25.

Other very popular books available include: “Monmouth  and Her Poets, 1800-2011” with 85 pages for donation of $15 and “Images of America, Monmouth, Maine,” author Bobbie Bowler, a pictorial book of Monmouth, for $18.

Other popular books offered include: “History of Monmouth and Wales,” author Harry H. Cochran, which consists of two hardcover volumes for a total of 1363 pages, $50 special holiday pricing; “Vital Records of Monmouth 1792-1950,” 286 pages, $28; “The Diary of Grace Clough of Monmouth,” 50 pages, $12; “Good Old Town Baseball 1912-1950,” with 41 pages, $5; and a museum gift pack of 16 items including reproductions of several documents and old postcards, $5.

All money from the sale of the books goes directly to benefit the Monmouth Museum and helps them maintain their nine buildings and publish new publications as well an outreach education to the youth of Monmouth.

To arrange purchase of any of these books contact Jackie Wing at 933-2837 or Bonnie Adams at 268-4234.

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