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Contributed by: Westport Island History Committee
Date: circa 1875
Location: Westport Island
Media: Lacquered iron
Contributed by: Bangor Historical Society
Location: Bangor; Hanover
Media: Photographic print
Contributed by: Waldoboro Fire Department
Date: circa 1960
For Mainers like many other people in both the North and the South, the Civil War, which lasted from 1861-1865, had a profound effect on their lives. Letters, artifacts, relics, and other items saved by participants at home and on the battlefield help illuminate the nature of the Civil War experience for Mainers.
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.
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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Over time, the uniform changed. Today's police wear uniforms that are of similar design and color making it easy to identify them.
Junior Martin in cadet uniform, Bangor, ca. 1871 Contributed by Maine Historical Society and Maine State Museum Description John Martin Jr.
More Shep Hurd Photos Dakin's Sporting Goods uniforms out of Bangor, 1930 Item 31411 infoBangor Historical Society
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by Vera Cleaves
West Point during World War II
by Ted Heselton
Working as a heavy equipment operator in Vietnam
by Sam Kelley
My service in the Vietnam War