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Historical Items

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Item 105489

Calico dress, ca. 1850

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1850 Media: Cotton

Item 105492

Helen Bancroft Hay's cameo-button striped dress, Charlestown, MA., ca. 1860

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1860 Location: Portland Media: silk, cotton, metal, glass, baleen, wool

Item 105494

Plaid silk day dress, ca. 1850

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1850 Media: Silk, cotton, brass, glass

Online Exhibits

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Exhibit

Dressing Up, Standing Out, Fitting In

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.

Exhibit

Biddeford, Saco and the Textile Industry

The largest textile factory in the country reached seven stories up on the banks of the Saco River in 1825, ushering in more than a century of making cloth in Biddeford and Saco. Along with the industry came larger populations and commercial, retail, social, and cultural growth.

Exhibit

Northern Threads: Silhouettes in Sequence, ca. 1780-1889

A themed exhibit vignette within "Northern Threads Part I," featuring a timeline of silhouettes from about 1775 through 1889.

Site Pages

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1850-1870 - Page 1 of 4

1850-1870 "Ordinary" dress, ca. 1845Maine Historical Society Examples of 'ordinary' dresses from the 1850s within the MHS collection include…

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1830-1850 - Page 2 of 3

1830-1850 Muslin dress, ca. 1830Maine Historical Society Victorian-era cotton dress, ca.

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1850-1870 - Page 4 of 4

1850-1870 Full crinoline dress with fringe, ca. 1859Maine Historical Society In the late 1850s early 1860s, crinolines reached their largest…

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Primary Sources: Daily Life in 1820

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12 Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson plan will give students the opportunity to explore and analyze primary source documents from the years before, during, and immediately after Maine became the 23rd state in the Union. Through close looking at documents, objects, and art from Maine during and around 1820, students will ask questions and draw informed conclusions about life at the time of statehood.