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Lesson Plan: Portland Observatory - Construction

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Share certificate, Portland Monument Ground, 1807

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Share certificate, Portland Monument Ground, 1807 / Maine Historical Society

By the time Edward Oxnard's share was issued in October 1807 the cost of a share in the Portland Observatory had risen to $50 dollars. If one hundred shares were now available at $50 each how much money was raised to build the Portland Observatory? Who would be interested in purchasing share in the Portland Observatory? (What do you think their occupation was?) Why would these people be interested in the Observatory?

 

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