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Mike Holmes describes Fourth of July on Swan's Island during the 1950s

Contributed by: Swan's Island Educational Society Date: circa 1950 Location: Swans Island Media: mp3

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Home for Thanksgiving, 1898

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1898 Media: Oil on canvas or board

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Public thanksgiving proclamation, 1755

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1755-12-04 Media: Ink on paper

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The Public Face of Christmas

Christmas, a Christian holiday observed by many Mainers, has a very public, seasonal face that makes it visible to those of all beliefs.


Evergreens and a Jolly Old Elf

Santa Claus and evergreens have been common December additions to homes, schools, businesses, and other public places to America since the mid nineteenth century. They are two symbols of the Christian holiday of Christmas whose origins are unrelated to the religious meaning of the day.


A Day for Remembering

Most societies have had rituals or times set aside to honor ancestors, those who have died and have paved the way for the living. Memorial Day, the last Monday in May, is the day Americans have set aside for such remembrances.

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Holiday Events

Holiday Events Warmer weather combined with national or local holidays brought islanders together for celebrations.

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Scarborough: They Called It Owascoag - A Look Inside the Classroom Over Time - Page 4 of 4

Holidays were sometimes celebrated by a party during school, study of the history of a certain holiday, or a performance. Gifts were often exchanged.

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Thomaston Historical Society

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My Maine Stories

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Growing up DownEast
by Darrin MC Mclellan

Stories of growing up Downeast