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Item 63064

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

Item 6890

Home for Thanksgiving, 1898

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society

Date: 1898

Media: Oil on canvas or board

Item 20113

Public thanksgiving proclamation, 1755

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society

Date: 1755-12-04

Media: Ink on paper

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Portland letter carriers, December 1926

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.


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Santa relaxing, Augusta, 1980

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.


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Headstone of Joshua Allen, Portland, 1805

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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Potato races, Swans Island, ca. 1950

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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Coal Kiln School, Scarborough, ca. 1900

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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Growing up DownEast

by Darrin MC Mclellan

Stories of growing up Downeast