The museum saw its peak of activity from the 1960s through the 1990s. It hosted lectures, ran numerous events such as a July 4 auction and housed two other museums on its grounds — the Amesbury Carriage Museum and the Salisbury Point Railroad Historical Society.
“It was a very good idea, very popular, but people have forgotten about it over time,” Cole said.
For those who are interested in supporting the Bartlett Museum, membership costs $10 per year and donations can be made to P.O. Box 692 in Amesbury. The upcoming fundraisers include an event at the Flatbread Pizza Co. in Market Square from 5 to 9 p.m. on April 2 and an electronic recycling fundraiser at the museum on May 18. The museum also has a website with more information, bartlettmuseum.org.
There are also four vacant spots on the museum’s board of directors, and Cole encouraged non-Amesbury residents to offer their support as well.
“We have a huge amount of Amesbury items, but we also have items that would pertain to the surrounding towns, so it doesn’t need to be supported just by Amesbury people,” Cole said.