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


Brownville Historical Society auctioning signed railway book

Submitted by Seth Barden on November 7, 2019 - 7:09pm

Staff, Piscataquis Observer • November 5, 2019

BROWNVILLE — The Brownville-Brownville Junction Historical Society has been selling Ken Hatchette’s book “More Than a Train Yard and a Whistle Stop: The Canadian Pacific Railway’s Brownville Division 1886 to 1963” for three years now. In total society members have ordered 250 books and now all but one of them has been sold.

The one book left has been signed by the author. Members have decided to auction the final, signed book this fall. The original purchase price of this book is $25. They are hoping to raise some money for the historical society with this project to fund other projects and needs at the Parish House Museum. While a different version of the book is available through the historical society or on Amazon, members do not expect that this original version will be reprinted.

The auction is now open and the book will be given to the highest bid placed by 5 p.m. on Nov. 30. You can place a bid by sending an email to brownvillehistorical@TRCMaine.org. Please be sure to include your name, mailing address and phone number along with your bid.

Fore more information, please contact the historical society through the email address above or call Susan at 965-8070.


Last Signed Original Railroad Book Up for Auction

Submitted by Susan Worcester on November 5, 2019 - 12:08pm

The Brownville-Brownville Junction Historical Society has been selling  Ken Hatchette’s book More Than a Train Yard and a Whistle Stop: The Canadian Pacific Railway’s Brownville Division  1886 to 1963 for three years now. In total we have ordered 250 books and now all but one of them has been sold! The one book left has been signed by the author. The Historical Society has decided to auction the final, signed book this fall. The original purchase price of this book is $25. We are hoping to raise some money for the Historical Society with this project to fund other projects and needs at the Parish House Museum. While a different version of the book is available through the historical society or on Amazon, we do not expect that this original version will be reprinted. 

The auction is now open….and the book will be given to the highest bid placed by 5pm on November 30th. You can place a bid by sending an email to brownvillehistorical@TRCMaine.org. Please be sure to include your name, mailing address and phone number along with your bid.

 

FMI - contact the historical society through the email address above or call Susan at 965-8070.

 

 

 


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.

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