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Historical Items

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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

Item 110662

Ladies faux flower bonnet, Bath, ca. 1850

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1850 Location: Bath Media: silk, cotton

Online Exhibits

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Northern Threads: Mourning Fashions

A themed exhibit vignette within "Northern Threads Part I," featuring 18th and 19th century mourning jewelry and fashions.

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Poland Spring: Summering in Fashion

During the Gilded Age at the end of the nineteenth century, Americans sought to leave increasing urban, industrialized lives for the health and relaxation of the country. The Poland Spring resort, which offered a beautiful setting, healing waters, and many amenities, was one popular destination.

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Valentines

Valentines Day cards have long been a way to express feelings of romance or love for family or friends. These early Valentines Day cards suggest the ways in which the expression of those sentiments has changed over time.

Site Pages

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1850-1870 - Page 2 of 4

Other crinoline dresses also feature the fashionable pelerine look. The detached fringed pelerine on a purple shot silk ensemble matches the…

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1830-1850 - Page 1 of 3

1830-1850 Leavitt family coat-dress, Eastport, ca. 1830Maine Historical Society From Eastport, and connected to the Leavitt family, a wadded…

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

1830-1850 Figured silk dress, ca. 1845Maine Historical Society Silk dresses in subdued colors of plain and woven patterns predominate the…

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.