On Saturday, September 1st, Presque Isle Historical Society’s Maysville Museum will debut a new exhibit.

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The museum, located at 165 Caribou Road in Presque Isle, is now open for its second summer. The exhibit is sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council and the Presque Isle Rotary and is titled “Talking Wires:  The Social Impact of the telephone switchboard on rural northern Maine”.  The exhibit features a restored (and working) antique telephone switchboard from the Presque Isle telephone office.  A short talk will be given about the exhibit at 10:15 a.m.  The exhibit will also include a 3-ring binder of oral history interviews done with retired switchboard operators and photographs from the local office.

Several antique cars will be on display that day and a hot dog cook-out for donations will be held as well.

The museum, which was bestowed with an Honor Award for the Society’s restoration efforts by Maine Preservation in November, is open through October from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.  There is no admission free to visit the museum.

In addition to the new switchboard exhibit, there are four cornerstone exhibits within the museum:  Presque Isle’s One-Room Schoolhouses, Presque Isle & the Civil War, The Aroostook War, and Agri-CULTURE.  Several smaller exhibits include Bisque Dolls, the Souvenir Picture Plates of Presque Isle, What Is It, quilts, and vintage bridal gowns.

Coming in the fall, the Society will add a newly donated Civil War soldier diary to the exhibits, which will be celebrated with a Presque Isle Civil War Trails Tour aboard Molly the Trolley.

Volunteers are needed to staff the museum for the summer.  Anyone interested should contact Kim Smith by phone at 762-1151 or email at pihistoricalsociety@hotmail.com.

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