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Historical Items

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Item 80729

Wabanaki guides with canoes, Bar Harbor, 1881

Contributed by: Abbe Museum Date: 1881 Location: Bar Harbor Media: Stereograph

Item 80730

Canoeing at Bar Harbor, 1886

Contributed by: Abbe Museum Date: 1886 Location: Bar Harbor Media: printed material

Item 23498

Model birchbark canoe, 1936

Contributed by: Hudson Museum, Univ. of Maine Date: 1936 Location: Princeton Media: Birchbark, spruce root


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Gifts From Gluskabe: Maine Indian Artforms

According to legend, the Great Spirit created Gluskabe, who shaped the world of the Native People of Maine, and taught them how to use and respect the land and the resources around them. This exhibit celebrates the gifts of Gluskabe with Maine Indian art works from the early nineteenth to mid twentieth centuries.


Making Paper, Making Maine

Paper has shaped Maine's economy, molded individual and community identities, and impacted the environment throughout Maine. When Hugh Chisholm opened the Otis Falls Pulp Company in Jay in 1888, the mill was one of the most modern paper-making facilities in the country, and was connected to national and global markets. For the next century, Maine was an international leader in the manufacture of pulp and paper.


Designing Acadia

For one hundred years, Acadia National Park has captured the American imagination and stood as the most recognizable symbol of Maine’s important natural history and identity. This exhibit highlights Maine Memory content relating to Acadia and Mount Desert Island.

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Canoe race, Kenduskeag Stream, Bangor, 1865

… in Bangor, ten Penobscot Indians in five birchbark canoes engaged in a race on the Kenduskeag Stream.

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Guiding Services for Sport Hunters

Rusticators took great pleasure in seeing Wabanaki paddling skills displayed at the Club’s annual canoe races.

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - The Indian Encampment

Visitors also stopped by the encampment to hire Indian guides for canoe outings or sport-hunting, to place special orders for items such as…