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Item 16979

Hand Cranked Sewing Machine, c. 1870

Contributed by: Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum Date: circa 1870 Location: Houlton Media: steel

Item 14717

Girls sewing class, Good Will Home, 1911

Contributed by: L.C. Bates Museum / Good Will-Hinckley Homes Date: 1911 Location: Fairfield Media: Photographic print

Item 33667

Shaw & Clark Sewing Machine advertisement, Biddeford, 1866

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: 1866 Location: Biddeford Media: Ink on paper

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Samplers: Learning to Sew

Settlers' clothing had to be durable and practical to hold up against hard work and winters. From the 1700s to the mid 1800s, the women of Maine learned to sew by making samplers.


Art of the People: Folk Art in Maine

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.


Great Cranberry Island's Preble House

The Preble House, built in 1827 on a hilltop over Preble Cove on Great Cranberry Island, was the home to several generations of Hadlock, Preble, and Spurling family members -- and featured in several books.

Site Pages

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - Charles A. Shaw

They were among the largest sewing machines manufacturers in the country at the time, and they employed more than 6000 workers in five factories.

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - Charles A. Shaw

… Historical Society Although best known for his sewing machines, Mr. Shaw developed other inventions, including a patent for photography that made…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Maine Granite Industry-Hall Quarry

When electricity eventually came it powered sewing machines which mothers would sew clothing for the family.

My Maine Stories

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Story of the "little nun"
by Felicia Garant

My grandmother made a nun's outfit for me


Tapestry, Seine Twine and Burlesque
by Barbara Burns

My work as a tapestry artist and dancer in Maine.


My father, Earle Ahlquist, served during World War II
by Earlene Chadbourne

Earle Ahlquist used his Maine common sense during his Marine service and to survive Iwo Jima