Town of Maine announces museum honoring Charlie Chaplin’s ‘legacy’

Charlie Chaplin is still so famous that many people are still in the dark about the personal life of the man who became known for playing movie-star Tramp, short-film director. Over the weekend, however, some people had a better idea about Chaplin than previously thought, when the town of Waterville, Maine, which plays host to a majority of his annual visits to his favorite course, opened a museum devoted to the father of the silent movie era. The one-stop shop is intended to provide facts, film clips and a wealth of information about the life of one of Hollywood’s biggest legends. “Maine’s Augusta University has never forgotten where the famed actor Charlie Chaplin left us, with a lasting legacy,” reported The Portland Press Herald, which published photos from his 1950 visit and included a story by the head of the golf club. “We were actually here today telling the tale of Champs Day.” One of the club’s directors, Richard J. Palmer, said he was “surprised” to find that several golfers still knew little about Chaplin, who passed away in 1977 at the age of 88. “I have colleagues who come into the club and some of them go to this golf course a lot, and they’re unaware of the true significance of how successful Charlie was out here,” Palmer said. He told The Press Herald that it was inevitable that his chamber of commerce would find itself planning the museum.

“For 50 years he has been here, and it was well known to the community that he played golf here.”

Read the full story at The Portland Press Herald.

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