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”: