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Historical Items

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Item 22108

Men working on nets, Southwest Harbor, ca. 1940

Contributed by: Great Harbor Maritime Museum Date: circa 1940 Location: Southwest Harbor Media: Photographic print

Item 75161

A woman working with men, Brewer, 2006

Contributed by: Maine Folklife Center, Univ. of Maine Date: 1974 - 2004 Location: Brewer Media: audio recording

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Item 23513

Film of sewer line work, Portland, ca. 1940

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1940 Location: Portland Media: 16mm film


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Putting Men to Work, Saving Trees

While many Mainers were averse to accepting federal relief money during the Great Depression of the 1930s, young men eagerly joined the Civilian Conservation Corps, one of President Franklin Roosevelt's most popular programs. The Maine Forest Service supervised the work of many of the camps.


Working Women of the Old Port

Women at the turn of the 20th century were increasingly involved in paid work outside the home. For wage-earning women in the Old Port section of Portland, the jobs ranged from canning fish and vegetables to setting type. A study done in 1907 found many women did not earn living wages.


Laboring in Maine

Workers in Maine have labored in factories, on farms, in the woods, on the water, among other locales. Many of Maine's occupations have been determined by the state's climate and geographical features.

Site Pages

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Islanders at Work

Men who worked making, Swan's Island, ca. 1900Item Contributed bySwan's Island Educational Society The island inhabitants and the island harbors…

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Thomaston: The Town that Went to Sea - Henry Knox: Lime Works

… to lime burning, Knox busied several local men with associated industries such as cutting wood for the kilns, or making hoop poles for the casks…

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Home: The Wadsworth-Longfellow House and Portland - The Privy

These men became known as "night men." Privies served as repositories for human waste and as receptacles (or trashcans) for the daily waste generated…

My Maine Stories

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Tapestry, Seine Twine and Burlesque
by Barbara Burns

My work as a tapestry artist and dancer in Maine.


Being a woman Union member was a challenge in the paper mill
by Cindy Bennett

I worked in the paper mills and for the Union during the 1987 strike.


I have thought about Vietnam almost every day for 48 years
by Ted Heselton

Working as a heavy equipment operator in Vietnam