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Historical Items

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Maine State Agricultural Exhibition, 1860

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1860 Location: Portland Media: Ink on paper

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Milk content testers, Fryeburg, ca. 1940.

Contributed by: Fryeburg Historical Society Date: circa 1940 Location: Fryeburg Media: Photographic print

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Madawaska Training School farm maps, 1948-1949

Contributed by: Blake Library Special Collections Date: 1948–1949 Location: Fort Kent Media: Text with maps

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Architecture & Landscape

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Item 110485

Asticou Azalea Garden shore plan, Mount Desert, 1982-1992

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1982–1992 Location: Mount Desert Client: The Island Foundation Architect: Patrick Chasse; Landscape Design Associates

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Cummings house, Biddeford, ca. 1900

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1900 Location: Biddeford Client: A. L. T. Cummings Architect: John Calvin Stevens

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Apartment for Ammi Whitney, West St., Portland, ca. 1912

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1912 Location: Portland Client: Ammi Whitney Architect: Frederick A. Tompson

Online Exhibits

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Blueberries to Potatoes: Farming in Maine

Not part of the American "farm belt," Maine nonetheless has been known over the years for a few agricultural items, especially blueberries, sweet corn, potatoes, apples, chickens and dairy products.


Fair Season: Crops, Livestock, and Entertainment

Agricultural fairs, intended to promote new techniques and better farming methods, have been held since the early 19th century. Before long, entertainments were added to the educational focus of the early fairs.


The World's Largest Oxen

Named for the two largest things in Maine at the turn of the 20th century, Mt. Katahdin and Granger of Stetson, were known as the Largest Oxen in the World. Unable to do farm work because of their size, they visited fairs and agricultural events around the Northeast.

Site Pages

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Presque Isle: The Star City - Agriculture

Agriculture Agriculture has always been the key component of Presque Isle's economy. Whether as the source of necessary supplies for the lumber…

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Farmington: Franklin County's Shiretown - Agriculture

(More about WWI Impact on Farmington's Agriculture.) 1863 Franklin Co. Agricultural Newsletter This newsletter shows the many categories for…

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Farmington: Franklin County's Shiretown - Farmington's Agricultural Pursuits

Farmington's Agricultural Pursuits In the early 1800’s, as farms became more established, crops in Farmington expanded to include clover for cattle…

My Maine Stories

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Somali Bantu farmers put down roots in Maine
by Muhidin D. Libah

Running the Somali Bantu Community Association and finding food security in Maine


A Smart Horse
by Lynn Peasley Sanborn

The horse brings the hay home while the boys are swimming.


Aroostook Potato Harvest: Perspective of a Six Year Old
by Phyllis A. Blackstone

A child's memory of potato harvest in the 1950s

Lesson Plans

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride Companion Curriculum

Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8 Content Area: Social Studies
These lesson plans were developed by Maine Historical Society for the Seashore Trolley Museum as a companion curriculum for the historical fiction YA novel "Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride" by Jean. M. Flahive (2019). The novel tells the story of Millie Thayer, a young girl who dreams of leaving the family farm, working in the city, and fighting for women's suffrage. Millie's life begins to change when a "flying carpet" shows up in the form of an electric trolley that cuts across her farm and when a fortune-teller predicts that Millie's path will cross that of someone famous. Suddenly, Millie finds herself caught up in events that shake the nation, Maine, and her family. The lesson plans in this companion curriculum explore a variety of topics including the history of the trolley use in early 20th century Maine, farm and rural life at the turn of the century, the story of Theodore Roosevelt and his relationship with Maine, WWI, and the flu pandemic of 1918-1920.

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Building Community/Community Buildings

Grade Level: 6-8 Content Area: Social Studies
Where do people gather? What defines a community? What buildings allow people to congregate to celebrate, learn, debate, vote, and take part in all manner of community activities? Students will evaluate images and primary documents from throughout Maine’s history, and look at some of Maine’s earliest gathering spaces and organizations, and how many communities established themselves around certain types of buildings. Students will make connections between the community buildings of the past and the ways we express identity and create communities today.