Keywords: Men working
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Contributed by: Great Harbor Maritime Museum
Date: circa 1940
Location: Southwest Harbor
Contributed by: Maine Folklife Center, Univ. of Maine
Media: audio recording
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.
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.
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.
A look back at island life in Maine as captured by a team consisting of Swan's Island Educational Society representatives, which encompasses the community's library and historical society, a class from the Swan's Island School, and an Island Fellow from the Island Institute. Exhibit topics examine islanders at work and play, Baird's Quarry, old buildings, and the changing role of women on the island.
When Peleg Wadsworth built his house in 1785, what is now Congress Street in Portland was on the rural outskirts of the community known as Falmouth. The house passed on to other family members and Portland changed around what remained a family home until 1901, when it became a historic house museum.
The history of a town bordered by the Kennebec and Sandy Rivers as depicted by students from Skowhegan Area Middle School working in close proximity with members of the Skowhegan Historical Society. Exhibits include the Skowhegan Island, farming, log drives, Benedict Arnold’s March, early settlement, Bloomfield Academy, Lakewood Theater, and the Abenakis.