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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 105319

Leavitt family "day-to-night" dress, Eastport, ca. 1860

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1860 Location: Eastport Media: silk, cotton, wool

Item 105501

Organdy summer dress, ca. 1863

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1863 Media: cotton

Online Exhibits

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Northern Threads: Civil War-era clothing

An exhibit vignette within "Northern Threads, Part 1," featuring American Civil War civilian and military clothing, 1860 to 1869.

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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.

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Northern Threads: Two centuries of dress at Maine Historical

Organized by themed vignettes, Northern Threads shares stories about Maine people, while exploring how the clothing they wore reveals social, economic, and environmental histories. This re-examination of Maine Historical Society's permanent collection is an opportunity to consider the relevance of historic clothing in museums, the ebb and flow of fashion styles, and the complexities of diverse representation spanning 200 years of collecting.

Site Pages

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Historic Clothing Collection - Outerwear 1830-1860

Outerwear 1830-1860 Wide crinolines restricted outerwear to wraps, shawls, capes, and easy fitting garments such as a black and brown watered silk…

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Historic Clothing Collection - Organdy summer dress, ca. 1863 - Page 1 of 4

The dress dates between 1860 and 1865, a representation of Civil War-era style. View additional information about this item on the Maine Memory…

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Soldier, Bangor, ca. 1860

Soldier, Bangor, ca. 1860 Contributed by Maine Historical Society and Maine State Museum Description John Martin (1823-1904), a Bangor…