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Item 14616

Child's snowshoes, Fort Kent, ca. 1920

Contributed by: Fort Kent Historical Society

Date: circa 1920

Location: Fort Kent

Media: wood , leather

Item 79928

Peary snowshoes, Norway, ca. 1905

Contributed by: Norway Historical Society

Date: circa 1905

Location: Norway

Media: Photographic print

Item 80713

Penobscot snowshoes, ca. 1850

Contributed by: Abbe Museum

Date: circa 1850

Location: Indian Island

Media: ash, hide, sinew

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Jacques Cartier snowshoe club, ca. 1925

Les Raquetteurs

In the early 1600s, French explorers and colonizers in the New World quickly adopted a Native American mode of transportation to get around during the harsh winter months: the snowshoe. Most Northern societies had some form of snowshoe, but the Native Americans turned it into a highly functional item. French settlers named snowshoes "raquettes" because they resembled the tennis racket then in use.


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Mellie Dunham's dance band, Norway, ca. 1925

Remembering Mellie Dunham: Snowshoe Maker and Fiddler

Alanson Mellen "Mellie" Dunham and his wife Emma "Gram" Dunham were well-known musicians throughout Maine and the nation in the early decades of the 20th century. Mellie Dunham also received fame as a snowshoe maker.


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Edith Knight Moulton, ca. 1900

The Arrival of Winter

The astronomical arrival of winter -- also known as the winter solstice -- marks the year's shortest day and the season of snow and cold. It usually arrives on December 21.

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Wabanaki encampment, ca. 988 BCE

Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - In the beginning, there were the Wabanaki…

Penobscot snowshoes, ca. 1850Item Contributed byAbbe Museum With the Europeans came new diseases and colonial wars.

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Granite mountains, Mount Desert, 1837

Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - …then came the settlers…

… Indians camping nearby taught him how to make snowshoes, woodsplint baskets, and a scoop net for fishing. Other settlers followed.

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Ferris Wheel, Oxford County Fair, 1908

Norway Historical Society

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My father's world - the old farm in Richmond, Maine

by Donald C. Cunningham

A story about my father and our family.