Pennies for the past

Eric Sparling
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Museum curator Shirley Nickerson

 

AMHERST – Museums embrace history. But that doesn’t mean they have to hold onto the past. And the Cumberland County Museum and Archives is ready to say good-bye to the penny.

Your pennies, actually.

“Bring your pennies here,” said manager-curator Shirley Nickerson.

Make Your Pennies History, a fundraising campaign, kicks off Saturday at noon. TD Bank will be there to donate penny rolling materials, and they’ll be lending a rolling machine to the museum. Fundy Carpet and Pugsley’s Pharmacy have also agreed to collect pennies for a month.

“I’m hoping to raise in the thousands,” said Nickerson. She has a Mr. Peanut jar full of pennies. She said councilor Robert Bird has donated pennies he collected in Texas mickeys.

“Nobody wants to sit and roll them,” she said, although museum staff and volunteers will need to do precisely that when the coins roll in.

Nickerson isn’t sad to see pennies discontinued.

“If it costs more than it’s worth, then we don’t need it…I’m for anything that’s going to save us money.”

The only downside Nickerson sees to the penny’s demise is the potential for things to be more expensive if prices are rounded up.

esparling@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Cumberland County Museum, TD Bank

Geographic location: Texas

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