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Item 10496

Sing's of Bangor glass, ca. 1980

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society

Date: circa 1980

Location: Bangor

Media: Glass

Item 43316

Adult Americanization class, Portland, 1925

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media

Date: 1925

Location: Portland

Media: Glass Negative

Item 43317

Americanization class, Portland, 1925

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media

Date: 1925

Location: Portland

Media: Glass Negative

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William Wong, Portland, ca. 1926

Chinese in Maine

In 1857, when Daniel Cough left Amoy Island, China, as a stowaway on a sailing ship from Mt. Desert Island he was on his way into history as the first Chinese person to make his home in Maine. He was soon followed by a cigar maker and a tea merchant who settled in Portland and then by many more Chinese men who spread all over Maine working mostly as laundrymen.

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Chapman School patriotism, Portland, ca. 1920

"Twenty Nationalities, But All Americans"

Concern about immigrants and their loyalty in the post World War I era led to programs to "Americanize" them -- an effort to help them learn English and otherwise adjust to life in the United States. Clara Soule ran one such program for the Portland Public Schools, hoping it would help the immigrants be accepted.

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Pepperell Manufacturing fire insurance map, 1929

Biddeford, Saco and the Textile Industry

The largest textile factory in the country reached seven stories up on the banks of the Saco River in 1825, ushering in more than a century of making cloth in Biddeford and Saco. Along with the industry came larger populations and commercial, retail, social, and cultural growth.