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Teen spending summer at the museum

For Jacob Peek, a soon-to-be Andalusia High School senior, a typical day at work involves dusting, mopping, perhaps a little outdoor work, and a whole lot of history.

Peek is working half days at the Three Notch Museum, located on Historic Central Street. He said he’s learned a lot about local history by spending his mornings there.

Jacob Peek is spending his summer working at the Three Notch Museum, which is sporting a new roof. He is shown here in front of a newly-installed historic marker, a gift to the museum from G. Sidney Waits. The museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 8 until noon.

Jacob Peek is spending his summer working at the Three Notch Museum, which is sporting a new roof. He is shown here in front of a newly-installed historic marker, a gift to the museum from G. Sidney Waits. The museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 8 until noon.

For instance, he said, Andalusia native Charles Brooks, who was a well known editorial cartoonist. The Covington Historical Society has a display of his work.

“I didn’t know about him, or how big he was (in the industry),” Peek said. “I was very interested to learn that.”

The museum gets a some traffic, he said, including grandparents bringing their grandchildren and people passing through town. The museum boasts an extensive collection of early photographs, a miniature railroad, a caboose, the River Falls Post Office and the Clark Family Log Cabin. There also is a country store.

An avid reader, Peek said his summer reading list has included the latest book by his favorite writer, Jim Butcher, whose work he describes as “noir fantasy.” He also plays saxophone in the marching band and tenor sax in the concert season. He is a member of Key Club and the Literary Club, and is active in Christ the King Catholic Church.

He is unsure about his college plans, he said, but hopes to spend time in the Navy.

He is the son of John and Barbara Peek.