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Contributed by: Franco-American Collection
Location: Lewiston; Auburn
Media: Taxidermied sheep
Contributed by: Swan's Island Educational Society
Date: 1940 - 1949
Location: Swans Island
St-Jean-Baptiste Day -- June 24th -- in Lewiston-Auburn was a very public display of ethnic pride for nearly a century. Since about 1830, French Canadians had used St. John the Baptist's birthdate as a demonstration of French-Canadian nationalism.
Mainers began propagating fish to stock ponds and lakes in the mid 19th century. The state got into the business in the latter part of the century, first concentrating on Atlantic salmon, then moving into raising other species for stocking rivers, lakes, and ponds.
Not part of the American "farm belt," Maine nonetheless has been known over the years for a few agricultural items, especially blueberries, sweet corn, potatoes, apples, chickens and dairy products.
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… lumbering; farming, which included tending sheep as there were as many as 6000 sheep on Long Island a the time of the Civil War; and fishing as…
… acres horses - 22 oxen - 14 cows/calves - 100/40 sheep - 33 pigs - 125 domestic fowl - uncounted 1880 horses - 164 oxen - 92 milk cows - 283…
and Mercy Doble Richardson, parents of Charles Burton Richardson, raised sheep in support of the Civil War Union effort.