The Millicent Library’s Guest Book was started in 1894, when the Town Hall was dedicated. Mark Twain signed the book twice, once on Feb 22, 1894 when he gave the dedication speech at Town Hall and also on Aug. 4, 1901 when he visited along with his biographer, Albert Payne and also Dr. Clarence Rice who introduced Twain and Clemens.
Other notable signers were Booker T. Washington (Sept 20, 1903), Joshua Slocum (Sept 2, 1899), Albert Bierstadt (Sept 8, 1901), Eugene Debs (Oct 31, 1897).
The book started to be reserved for Japanese visitors in the 1950s. Crown Prince Akithito and Princess Michiko signed in Oct of 1987. On July 4, 1918, the Japanese ambassador presented a sword to the town from Manjiro’s son. Present that day was Lieutenant-governor of Massachusetts Calvin Coolidge who wrote about it in his book Have Faith in Massachusetts.
There are probably other notables …. check for yourself!
I have broken the document into 4 PDFs to make it easier to download.
Guestbook Part 1 – February 2, 1894 to August 25, 1901
Guestbook Part 2 – August 28, 1901 to June 21, 1986
Guestbook Part 3 – July 3, 1986 to June 16, 1997
Guestbook Part 4 – June 16, 1997 (cont.) to 2012
At the back of the book are various signatures of librarian meeting attendees and a mix of people for whom we found space in the book.
We now have a new guestbook for Japanese visitors which was donated by our Sister City and also a guestbook at the front desk for all visitors to sign.