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Contributed by: Pejepscot Historical Society
Date: circa 1900
Media: ceramic, metal
Contributed by: Dixfield Historical Society
Date: circa 1860
Media: round china plate
Contributed by: North Yarmouth Historical Society
Date: circa 1959
Location: North Yarmouth
Desserts have always been a special treat. For centuries, Mainers have enjoyed something sweet as a nice conclusion to a meal or celebrate a special occasion. But many things have changed over the years: how cooks learn to make desserts, what foods and tools were available, what was important to people.
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.