The Brownville-Brownville Junction Historical Society is dedicated to the collection, preservation and presentation of the unique history of this area’s unique place in Maine’s History

Our Parish House Museum was built in 1839 as the Methodist Episcopal Church. It was located near the Crocker Quarry, but in 1850 it was moved on to logs and rolled to its present location at 72 Church Street.

For years it was the Fellowship Hall of the Brownville Community Church, a gathering place for the community. In 1996, the Brownville-Brownville Junction Historical Society purchased the building from the Church and is now home to thousands of artifacts of Brownville's history.


We would love your help!
For information about volunteering or about the museum, call Susan at 965-8070
or email us: brownvillehistorical@trcmaine.org


Parish House Museum Closes for the Year

Submitted by Susan Worcester on October 4, 2019 - 10:28am

The Brownville-Brownville Junction Historical Society's Parish House Museum is now closed for the year. The volunteers have been very busy this year. Many, many hours have been spend cataloguing new items brought in to the museum; there have been a number of requests for information about families or family members who lived in the area - some of those about people who would now be over 100 years old.

One of the biggest events was the viewing of over 30 minutes of never before seen video taken by members of the Michaud family. This took place at the Brownville Community Church Parish Hall as there were WAY too many guests to accommodate at the museum! Members of the Michaud family who made these videos available were in attendance that evening.

After a wait of nearly two years, volunteers from the Charleston Correctional Center's Community Restitution Program arrived with their supervisor, Rick Strout, to renovate the very old and nearly dysfunctional restroom at the museum in August. Travis McSorley completed the plumbing part of the job after the men put in new walls, ceiling, and flooring. The facility is now handicapped accessible.

At the final meeting of the year in September it was decided to change the number of meetings held each year from four to three. The annual meeting will remain in May, followed by a meeting in July and one in September. Meetings will continue to be held at the museum at 7pm to accommodate those who are not available during the day.

If you think that the volunteers have locked the doors and stopped work at the museum, you'd be wrong! Each one of the volunteers has gone home with a "winter project" to work on. We are working to make ALL of the materials we have at the museum accessible to everyone. We continue to move things around, organize documents and items to make them easier to find, and catalogue everything in the PastPerfect program. Lynn Weston will continue to update the group's Facebook page throughout the year as it continues to receive interest from those near and far.

The third and final newsletter for the year has been sent out to members. This issue included recipes from old cookbooks located in the museum and memories from people who once lived in Brownville. If you would like to become a member, send $5 to B-BJ Historical Society, PO Box 794, Brownville ME 04414. Dues paid now will take you through the end of 2020. For more information, email brownvillehistorical@trcmaine.org or call Susan at 965-8070.


Railroad Fans and Local Residents See Videos from the 40s & 50s

Submitted by Susan Worcester on July 31, 2019 - 11:39am

On Tuesday evening, July 30th, nearly forty people gathered at the Brownville Community Church to view home movies recorded in Brownville Junction and along both the Canadian Pacific and the Bangor & Aroostook Rail lines by Sam Michaud and his son, Andrew, in the 1940s and 50s. These videos first came to the Brownville-Brownville Junction Historical Society’s attention when Andrew’s son, John, contacted Susan Worcester to see if the Society would be interested in having them if the family separated the relevant material from the much larger content of mostly family events. 

            President Susan Worcester was pleased that so many people – local citizens and people from “away” – took the time to attend. Along with people from Brownville, the Junction, and Ebeemee, those attending drove from East Millinocket, Sangerville, Presque and Old Orchard Beach to see the videos. People who summer in the area and live as far away as New Hampshire, New York, and North Carolina attended, as well.

            “It was very special to have John Michaud and his sister and cousin take the time to attend the presentation. A much enjoyed addition to the movies was the commentary offered by John McCormick who summers at Sebec Lake. He was able to add a great deal of information about where along the rail lines the videos were taken as those attending “rode along” on the trains. John also brought along the movie camera, a 16mm Keystone Movie Camera Model A-7, used to shoot all of the footage shown.” said Worcester. “Everyone attending seemed to enjoy and appreciate the look back in history.” 

            Due to the heat and the limitations of space at the Parish House Museum, the viewing was moved next door to the Community Church where adequate seating and air conditioning was available. Worcester thanks Barbie Shedd and Walter MacDougall for their help in opening and closing the parish hall for this gathering and to the church members for allowing the Society to use their facility.

For information about the Brownville-Brownville Junction Historical Society or about the videos, contact Susan at 965-8070 or drop in at the museum Tuesdays/Thursdays from 10am to 2pm. You can also view the videos on YouTube.com:

 "Brownville Junction, Maine - Main St. scenes 1939-58”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGmiUCzRe2s

and “Trains”

https://youtu.be/wYCzTEHGbOQ

 


Brownville-Brownville Junction Historical Society Meeting

Submitted by Seth Barden on July 17, 2019 - 2:40pm


B-BJ Historical Society June Meeting

Submitted by Susan Worcester on June 26, 2019 - 10:22am

The Brownville-Brownville Junction Historical Society held its second meeting of the year on June 25th.

Treasurer, Lana Washburn, reported that all bills are paid and that dues for the year are coming in slowly.

The book treasury maintains a balance of about $3400.

It has been a busy summer at the Parish House Museum even though the building only officially opened last week. Many new items have come in over the winter/spring season and something new arrives every week!

 

The newest item of interest to the general public is the receipt of two DVDS featuring home movies compiled by John and Joe Michaud (sons of Andrew Michaud). One of these videos shows scenes in Brownville Junction and people of the area; the second is video of scenes along the Canadian Pacific Railroad from Quebec, through Maine, and in to New Brunswick. These home movies were made by Andrew Michaud and his dad, Sam Michaud, from 1939 through the 1950s. These can be found on YouTube.com but will also be featured as the program following the July 30th, 7pm meeting of the Society at the Parish House Museum. All are welcome to attend.

 

The BJHS scoreboard is now in the hands of Suzette East for restoration. It is hoped that the face of the unit will be completed by mid-August, in time for the BJHS Alumni Reunion. Whether the clock and lights can be repaired is yet unknown.

 

The Society had hoped that the bathroom renovation project scheduled for this year would be completed by now but that has not yet come to fruition.

 

The group is always looking for new volunteers and members!  Contact Susan at 965-8070 for more information.

Membership is $5 per year. You can send dues to B-BJ Historical Society, PO Box 794, Brownville ME 04414.


Brownville-Brownville Junction Historical Society Holds Annual Meeting

Submitted by Susan Worcester on May 18, 2019 - 12:32pm

The Brownville-Brownville Junction Historical Society held its annual meeting on May 14th at the Parish House Museum. 

 

The election of officers retained the same officers from last year:

President & Secretary - Susan Worcester

Vice president - George Dean

Treasurer - Lana Washburn

 

The crew from the Charleston Correctional Facility is expected to begin the renovation project of the bathroom within the next few weeks. The Society is thankful that the labor for this project will be provided by the Correctional Facility and hopes that this project will provide a handicapped accessible space at the museum.

 

The big project for the volunteers will be working on the restoration of the scoreboard from Brownville Junction High School. It is hoped that project will be completed - as much as it is possible to do so - by the BJHS Alumni Reunion Weekend in August. George Dean is trying to locate any photos possible that might show just what the scoreboard looked like when the school was opened. If anyone has such information, please contact the Society at brownvillehistorical@trcmaine.org or call Susan at 965-8070.

 

There was discussion about projects the volunteers hope to complete this summer at the museum; those projects include the documentation of all items and documents in the museum in the PastPerfect program and that work will continue for a long time to come.

 

Susan Worcester talked about volunteerism. While the number of regular volunteers at the museum is very small, it is a dedicated group and there is never a lack of projects to work on. Susan listed several projects that need to be undertaken should new volunteers appear. Most of these tasks require little skill or training but the current volunteers are willing to train new people for any task they wish to learn. The importance of volunteerism can not be over-emphasized! There are so many organizations that provide worthwhile and necessary work for our small communities and the Historical Society is just one of these. Perhaps you would not be interested in spending a few hours at the museum every week, but if you are only able to take on a short term project that can be worked on at home or completed in a few weeks or a month at the museum, WE NEED YOU! If you would like to become one of the weekly volunteers who “man” the museum on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 2pm every week from mid-June through September, WE NEED YOU! Whatever amount of time, whatever skills you have to offer, whatever part of Brownville and the Junction’s history interests you, WE CAN FIND A PLACE FOR YOU! Please drop in or contact Susan at 965-8070, through email: brownvillehistorical@trcmaine.org.

 

The museum will open on June 18th this year. There will be two Saturday dates when it will be open: the first Saturday of August - Brownville Community Church’s Old Home Days (from 9am to noon) and August 17th (BJHS Alumni Reunion) from 10am to 12:30pm. The museum is also open by appointment. Contact Susan at 965-8070.


B-BJ Historical Society Annual Meeting

Submitted by Seth Barden on May 3, 2019 - 6:26pm

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