Hancock history needs a home

City survey soliciting ideas for museum

HANCOCK — Hancock’s former fire hall could become a museum of the city’s history. The city is turning to residents to ask what they’d like to see in it.

Hancock posted a survey online last week about the future museum, currently planned to be located on the ground floor of the Hancock city hall.

Talk of the museum has been going on for about a year, said Hancock City Manager Mary Babcock. It will be established by a group of residents who are reviving the city’s Historical Commission.

For now, the city plans to put the museum downstairs at the city center, in the former fire hall. Babcock said she’s open to other locations, if someone suggests a better one in the survey.

“Right now our police cars park there sometimes during the winter, so there’s a lot of aspects we have to look at and figure out before it’s a definite yes,” she said. “It was a fire hall, so there were fire trucks there, so police cars didn’t park there before. We’ll figure it out.”

Depending on the size of the museum, it may affect whether the room continues to serve as a voting precinct for elections, Babcock said.

As of Monday, almost 200 people had already responded to the survey, Babcock said.

“People really want to see the pictures, but they also want the story behind the pictures,” she said. “They would like to see artifacts from some of the historic businesses that were in Hancock. But overall, you don’t see a clean line towards any one thing.”

The survey will stay open until the beginning of March, when the Hancock Historical Commission will have its first meeting, Babcock said.

In March, the group will start forming a timeline for opening the museum, Babcock said.

“There’s a lot of residents that have shown interest in donating things to the city, so that’ll be a big part of it,” she said.

The museum survey can be found at cityofhancock.com/news-view.php?target=1063.


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