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Item 14616

Title: Child's snowshoes, Fort Kent, ca. 1920

Contributed by: Fort Kent Historical Society

Date: circa 1920

Location: Fort Kent

Media: wood , leather

Item 79928

Title: Peary snowshoes, Norway, ca. 1905

Contributed by: Norway Historical Society

Date: circa 1905

Location: Norway

Media: photograph

Item 80713

Title: 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.


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.


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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Ferris Wheel, Oxford County Fair, 1908

Norway Historical Society

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Bowdoin group at Negro Island Harbor, Nova Scotia, 1891

Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center

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Nils and Karna Persson, New Sweden, ca. 1890

Maine's Swedish Colony, July 23, 1870

A history of Maine's Swedish Colony in Aroostook County. Project partners include Caribou Public Library, Maine Swedish Colony, New Sweden School, New Sweden Historical Society, Nylander Museum, and Stockholm Historical Society. In addition to a substantive history of the Colony generally, exhibit topics cover specific family histories, Olof Nylander, mills and homes in Stockholm, hand tools, railroads, and more.