by Morgan Rousseau, Daily News Staff, Milford Daily News
BELLINGHAM – The Bellingham Historical Museum has had an animated cow in its yard since August, but the colorful fellow will likely be gone by next week.
The cow is painted on a rectangular storage container that is holding items from the museum while the town’s Historical Commission does repairs to the basement.
“We call it ‘our cow’. We’ve had good laughs over it,” Historical Commission Chairwoman Marcia Crooks said. “But it’s actually a storage pod.”
Over the summer Historical Commission members began noticing the carpets in the museum’s basement were getting soaked, and a good amount of water was coming through the gutters.
The commission got the cow pod to hold on to newspapers, books and files that were being stored in the basement. After repairs are finished, the items will go back downstairs. Crooks said she was surprised to see the bin had such an animated image of a cow on it when it arrived, but the commission was amused nonetheless.
The bin is rented from the COWs Dealership Program, which is based in Miami but has branches all over the country, including Milford. The company has been in business for two years, renting out 16-foot and 8-foot containers for storage and moving. “COW” stands for “Container on Wheels.”
The museum’s cow bin is 16 feet long and 8 feet tall. The painted cow is wearing a party hat and sunglasses, putting an amusing face on an annoying situation.
The commission has already sealed off the gutters and is now replacing shelves that had to be removed over concern that the water would cause them to grow mold.
“We are all very happy, because the last rain storm (on Tuesday), no water got in, so we figure we’ve conquered it,” Crooks said.
The past few months things have been messy inside the museum: “Things are stacked all over,” Crook said.
The museum, in the municipal Complex on Mechanic Street, is full of pictures and artifacts donated by residents. It has been at its current building since 1989 and is open to the public on the first Sunday of every month from 1 to 4 pm.
The repairs forced the museum to remain closed yesterday, but Crooks is hopeful the work will be done by January.