The Dr. Kate Museum will open its doors for the summer season Monday, June 9, celebrating its 26th year. The public is invited to see the newly renovated museum, located at 923 Second Avenue, in Woodruff.
New displays have been set up to honor the museum’s namesake, Dr. Kate Pelham Newcomb, including tributes to the organizers of the Million Penny Parade, the local Woodruff citizens behind the building of Lakeland Memorial Hospital, the local science teacher, Otto Burich, who inspired the million penny idea, as well as other historical memorabilia of the Arbor Vitae-Woodruff area.
Also included in the renovations are a restored 1959 phone booth and a 1958 Wurlitzer jukebox, complete with 45 records from the 50s era. A replica of the 1950s malt shop, The Nestledown, also includes numerous items representing the teenage years.
A new timeline of Woodruff has been added, and historical materials from the Arbor Vitae Woodruff High School and Grade School are also on display.
The museum will sponsor a rummage sale on the site on Thursday, July 17, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Grilled brats, root beer floats, and popcorn will be available.
The museum is operated by the Dr. Kate Historical Society, a non-profit organization, and is affiliated with the State Historical Society. The museum is staffed by all volunteers and is open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., from early June to Labor Day. New members are welcome and may contact Mike or Marsha Doud at 715-356-6896 or 715-356-5562, or email dr.katemuseum
@yahoo.com. Additional information is also available at the museum’s web site, drkatemuseum.org.