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Historical Items

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Item 105654

Harriet B. Goodrich's wedding dress, 1895

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1895 Location: Providence; Springfield Media: silk, lace, cotton

Item 105655

Taffeta bodice by Miss L.K. Stanley, Portland, ca. 1895

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1895 Location: Portland Media: silk, cotton, glass, metal

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Myra Bradeen's wedding outfit, Limerick, ca. 1894

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1894 Location: Limerick Media: cotton, silk, metal


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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.


Holding up the Sky: Wabanaki people, culture, history, and art

Learn about Native diplomacy and obligation by exploring 13,000 years of Wabanaki residence in Maine through 17th century treaties, historic items, and contemporary artworks—from ash baskets to high fashion. Wabanaki voices contextualize present-day relevance and repercussions of 400 years of shared histories between Wabanakis and settlers to their region.


A Craze for Cycling

Success at riding a bike mirrored success in life. Bicycling could bring families together. Bicycling was good for one's health. Bicycling was fun. Bicycles could go fast. Such were some of the arguments made to induce many thousands of people around Maine and the nation to take up the new pastime at the end of the nineteenth century.

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Historic Clothing Collection - Early Twentieth Century

… small, but outstanding, group of late-1890s to early 1900s fashionable garments segue this overview into the twentieth century.

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1870-1890 - Page 4 of 4

In the late 1880s, the bustle simplified in shape and disappeared by 1890. As fashions moved towards the next century, skirts lost the over layers…

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John Martin: Expert Observer - "Representing every particular:" John Martin's Reflections, Illustrations, and Commentary - Page 1 of 2

… and nearby areas from the 1820s until the 1890s. He called the Journal his "history" and while he provided some later updates, it largely refers to…