THOMASTON — Sandra Hoekstra recently closed her bookstore to focus on more profitable online sales of antiquarian, collectible and rare books, which is her goal. 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,” Historical Society President Susan Devlin said in a press release.

With the help of several volunteers, the historical society searches through its archives to identify new Thomaston stories to tell. An ongoing story is the story behind some vintage clothing; another is a display of early 20th century medical equipment recently received from the estate of Dr. Everett Hodgkins.

Additionally, THS now has a place to tell the story of the recent archaeological dig near the museum which included remains likely from the Montpellier dump area.

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

Hoekstra’s donation is another example of his continued support for the Historical Society, according to the statement.

Anyone interested in helping the Historical Society develop new exhibits or possessing items 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 www.slhbookseller.com.

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