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Peterborough

1938 model of library found in Goyette Museum’s basement

  • Lenny Gonthier, Spencer Peery and Eric Bourgoine, from left, help move a model of Peterborough's Town Library from the basement of the former Goyette Museum on Friday. After it's restored, the model will ride on the library's float this fall in the town's 275th birthday celebration parade.

    Lenny Gonthier, Spencer Peery and Eric Bourgoine, from left, help move a model of Peterborough's Town Library from the basement of the former Goyette Museum on Friday. After it's restored, the model will ride on the library's float this fall in the town's 275th birthday celebration parade. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Volunteers Ron Dubois, Meas Rouen, Lenny Gonthier, Spencer Peery and Eric Bourgoine, from left, move a model of Peterborough's Town Library from the basement of the former Goyette Museum on Friday. After it's restored, the model will ride on the library's float this fall in the town's 275th birthday celebration parade.

    Volunteers Ron Dubois, Meas Rouen, Lenny Gonthier, Spencer Peery and Eric Bourgoine, from left, move a model of Peterborough's Town Library from the basement of the former Goyette Museum on Friday. After it's restored, the model will ride on the library's float this fall in the town's 275th birthday celebration parade. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Meas Rouen, left, and Lenny Gonthier help move a model of Peterborough's Town Library from the basement of the former Goyette Museum on Friday. After it's restored, the model will ride on the library's float this fall in the town's 275th birthday celebration parade.

    Meas Rouen, left, and Lenny Gonthier help move a model of Peterborough's Town Library from the basement of the former Goyette Museum on Friday. After it's restored, the model will ride on the library's float this fall in the town's 275th birthday celebration parade. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Lenny Gonthier, Spencer Peery and Eric Bourgoine, from left, help move a model of Peterborough's Town Library from the basement of the former Goyette Museum on Friday. After it's restored, the model will ride on the library's float this fall in the town's 275th birthday celebration parade.
  • Volunteers Ron Dubois, Meas Rouen, Lenny Gonthier, Spencer Peery and Eric Bourgoine, from left, move a model of Peterborough's Town Library from the basement of the former Goyette Museum on Friday. After it's restored, the model will ride on the library's float this fall in the town's 275th birthday celebration parade.
  • Meas Rouen, left, and Lenny Gonthier help move a model of Peterborough's Town Library from the basement of the former Goyette Museum on Friday. After it's restored, the model will ride on the library's float this fall in the town's 275th birthday celebration parade.

PETERBOROUGH — A crew of strong volunteers muscled a huge model of Peterborough’s Town Library from the narrow confines of the basement of the former Goyette Museum on Friday, loading it onto one of the town’s flatbed trailers and taking it to the warehouse at Staff Development for Educators on Sharon Road, where it will be restored.

The scale model, which measures 8 feet by 6 feet, was built in 1938 and was a highlight of the town’s 200th anniversary parade in 1939.

“We don’t have a clue who built it,” said SDE owner Jim Grant about the model. “It’s such good craftsmanship. It had to be built by a master carpenter. A lot of love went into that model.”

The model is quite realistic, with detailed windows, carved pineapples on the portico, and a copy of the plaque that sits on the actual library building.

Grant, who is one of the organizers of Peterborough’s 275th anniversary celebration, said the model went into the Goyette Museum shortly after the parade.

Dave Croumie, a town Highway Department employee worker who is coordinating the moving and restoration project, said he recalled the model when people started thinking about the 275th anniversary of the town.

“I remembered seeing it as a kid when it was on display here,” Croumie said. “We went looking for it.”

Croumie and Grant, who also remembers seeing the model in the Goyette Museum, discovered that it had not been sold when most of the contents of the private museum were auctioned, perhaps because it is so big. It has been sitting in the basement of the building for years, and Grant said current owners Posy Bass and Henry Taves are donating it as a gift to the library.

“We’re hoping it could somehow be incorporated into an eventual new library or new addition for future generations to enjoy,” Grant said.

The Friends of the Library are paying for materials to restore the model, Grant said, and the town is donating labor.

Highway Department employee Lenny Gonthier will be tackling the restoration project in his spare time.

“It’s going to be very minimal,” Gonthier said. “I’ll be doing some refastening and touching up paint. It’s a restoration, and I want to do as little as possible.”

Once it’s restored, Grant said, the model will again go on display, as the centerpiece of the library’s float in Peterborough’s 275th anniversary parade in October.

“It will be riding on a restored 1939 Dodge flatbed truck owned by Cournoyer Funeral Home of Jaffrey,” Grant said. “We’re planning a great parade and a wonderful celebration.”

Dave Anderson can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 233 or danderson@ledgertranscript.com. He’s on Twitter at @DaveAndersonMLT.

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