Museum curator Shirley Nickerson
AMHERST ‚Äď Museums embrace history. But that doesn‚Äôt 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.
‚ÄúBring your pennies here,‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôll be lending a rolling machine to the museum. Fundy Carpet and Pugsley‚Äôs Pharmacy have also agreed to collect pennies for a month.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm hoping to raise in the thousands,‚ÄĚ said Nickerson. She has a Mr. Peanut jar full of pennies. She said councilor Robert Bird has donated pennies he collected in Texas mickeys.
‚ÄúNobody wants to sit and roll them,‚ÄĚ she said, although museum staff and volunteers will need to do precisely that when the coins roll in.
Nickerson isn‚Äôt sad to see pennies discontinued.
‚ÄúIf it costs more than it‚Äôs worth, then we don‚Äôt need it‚Ä¶I‚Äôm for anything that‚Äôs going to save us money.‚ÄĚ
The only downside Nickerson sees to the penny‚Äôs demise is the potential for things to be more expensive if prices are rounded up.