THOMASTON — Sandra Hoekstra recently donated five display cases to the Thomaston Historical Society.

“This allows the Society to significantly expand the exhibits we will have in our museum,” said Historical Society President Susan Devlin. With the help of several volunteers, we search our archives to identify new Thomaston stories.

One of them is the story behind certain vintage clothes; another is a display of early 20th century medical equipment recently received from the estate of Dr. Everett Hodgkins. Additionally, we now have a place to tell the story of the recent archaeological dig near the museum, which included remains likely from the Montpellier landfill.

“We approached the General Knox Museum to compare some of the shards of china and kitchen utensils to the items they have,” Devlin said. “Working with our friends at the Knox Museum, we hope to steer our visitors to undamaged objects in their museum.”

Sandra Hoekstra recently closed her bookstore to focus on more profitable online sales of antiquarian, collectible and rare books, which is her goal. This donation is another example of his continued support for the Historical Society.

Anyone interested in helping the Historical Society develop new exhibits, or having objects that would tell a Thomaston story, can contact the Historical Society at [email protected] Book collectors can learn more about Sandra Hoekstra’s offerings at

Expanded display featuring profiles of veterans of Thomaston, an ongoing project of the Historical Society. Photo courtesy of Thomaston Historical Society.


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