Keeps were among the first settlers in Monson
were savers and collectors
property has about 75 acres of farmland, a pond, and a small granite
quarry (now a certified vernal pool
house has sixteen rooms, three attics and two cellars
the collections are
1893, Myra's father, Charles Chapin Keep, brought his bride, Pearl
Beckwith, to live in this home that he was occupying with his
parents, Edward and Mary Keep
addition to the house to accommodate the newlyweds, their
purchases of all new bedroom, kitchen furniture and dishes
are documented and form the basis for several exhibits
Myra would feel right at home in the kitchen:
is a story that when Charles married Pearl, she said, "I'll move
into your family's home with you, but I won't share a kitchen
with your mother." True or not, there are two kitchens in the
!890's Kitchen on left
& 1950's Pink & Gray on right
and Pearl's bedroom on the southeast corner is ready for the newlyweds
to move into:
still has the original wall paper, carpet and furniture, and a
copy of the bill-of-sale for the furniture hangs on the wall outside
bedroom represents Myra and (her sister) Marion's room with their
brass beds, handmade quilts and their toys:
dining room closet contains their parents' 144 piece set of Haviland
Limoges china with its original bill. .
The furniture reflects the 1930's
cruet set sits on the marble topped chest in the dining room.
It held vinegar and other condiments used at meals.
a school teacher, married her first husband, Charles Lovell, in
was a Congregational Minister. He served the First Church in
Monson from 1919 - 1925. They returned to Monson in 1941 to
care for Myra's parents.
In the "Minister's Corner" on the 2nd floor are Bibles and religious
books owned by Charles.
On display are items with Charles' own handwriting (sermons,
hymns, even his notes on the pages of his Bible).
the 1930's bedroom, in addition to furniture bought for her second
marriage, to Ralph Moulton. are paintings done by Myra, several
examples of her needlework, a collection of perfume bottles and
a collection of quilts
Bag & Gloves
on Dressing Table Bench
teachers perfume for Christmas
& Myra saved the bottles
on the Bed
represented is a miniature classroom with her teaching tools,
books, and an exam on the blackboard
are copies of some of her student's work that have been laminated
so that visitors can look through them
of the women in the family, including Myra were accomplished needleworkers
and extensive examples of their work are distributed throughout
Myra and her father were "rock hounds" and many examples are displayed
along with an extensive shell collection.
was nationally known for her button collection
of several thousand cards.
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