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Wabanaki Basket Donated to Historical Society Museum

William and Gertrude Rice's three daughters (L to R) Wanda, Joleen, Cheryl

William Rice and his wife Gertrude Gamage Rice passed away recently within a year of each other, at age 97. Both South Bristol natives, they grew up in our small town, attended our schools and witnessed the incredible time period before, during, and after World War II. With their passing, the Rice family generously donated many items belonging to William and Gertrude, to our museum. Our Fall 2021 newsletter highlights some of these items in “Accessions”. (See “Newsletters” in the “About” menu of this website.) The cover story “Summer Return of the Wabanaki Basket Weavers” features two baskets of ash and sweetgrass, from the collection of Wanda Rice.

This March, William and Gertrude’s three daughters, Wanda, Joleen, and Cheryl visited the Historical Society museum. Wanda offered to donate one of the featured baskets in memory of her mother. “This beautiful basket shouldn't be left out collecting dust. After reading your newsletter article, I really think it belongs in your museum.”

In addition, the Rice sisters brought more family photos and answered some questions we had regarding their previous donations. The Historical Society is excited and grateful to the Rice family for these treasures!


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