Keywords: Arbor Day
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Contributed by: Ste. Agathe Historical Society
Location: Saint Agatha; Saint Agatha
Media: Photographic print
Contributed by: Mantor Library at UMF
Media: ink on paper
Maine has some 17 million acres of forest land. But even on a smaller, more local scale, trees have been an important part of the landscape. In many communities, tree-lined commercial and residential streets are a dominant feature of photographs of the communities.
Farmington's Normal School -- a teacher-training facility -- opened in 1863 and, over the decades, offered academic programs that included such unique features as domestic and child-care training, and extra-curricular activities from athletics to music and theater.
As early as 1633, entrepreneurs along the Piscataqua River in southern Maine utilized the force of the river to power a sawmill, recognizing the potential of the area's natural power sources, but it was not until the 1890s that technology made widespread electricity a reality -- and even then, consumers had to be urged to use it.
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… the old schoolhouse; the picnic on the last day, Arbor Day, and a Friday afternoon when the primaries and intermediate grades hung Maybaskets.