Adorning oneself to look one's "best" has varied over time, gender, economic class, and by event. Adornments suggest one's sense of identity and one's intent to stand out or fit in.
For many different reasons people saved and carefully preserved the objects in this exhibit. Eventually, along with the memories they hold, the objects were passed to the Maine Historical Society. Object and memory, serve as a powerful way to explore history and to connect to the lives of people in the past.
Horace W. Shaylor, a native of Ohio, settled in Portland and turned his focus to handwriting, developing several unique books of handwriting instruction. He also was a talented artist.
1893 Item 80755 infoAbbe Museum Miniature Canoe Joseph Nicholas, Passamaquoddy ca. 1893 Birch bark, cedar, spruce root, ash
… & Rusticators Indian Encampment Album Miniature camp scene, Wabanaki, early 20th century Item 80750 infoAbbe Museum Miniature Wigwam and…
… to the encampments went home with toys or miniatures. Berry Basket John Snow, Passamaquoddy Early 20th century Birch bark, ash, sweetgrass, pine…