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Historical Items

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Item 8653

Maine State Agricultural Exhibition, 1860

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

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Item 6551

Milk content testers, Fryeburg, ca. 1940

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

Item 75231

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 148198

Opportunity Farm cow barn end framing, New Gloucester, ca. 1945

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1945 Location: New Gloucester Client: Opportunity Farm Association Architect: University of Maine Cooperative Extension Work in Agriculture

Item 148197

Opportunity Farm two fire escapes, New Gloucester, 1944

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1944 Location: New Gloucester Client: Opportunity Farm Association Architect: Megquier & Jones Co.

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Opportunity Farm lodge elevation, New Gloucester, 1983

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1983 Location: New Gloucester Client: Opportunity Farm Association Architect: Ward Cabin Co.

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.

Exhibit

The Barns of the St. John River Valley: Maine's Crowning Jewels

Maine's St. John River Valley boasts a unique architectural landscape. A number of historical factors led to the proliferation of a local architectural style, the Madawaska twin barn, as well as a number of building techniques rarely seen elsewhere. Today, these are in danger of being lost to time.

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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.

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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Story

Eating lower on the food chain
by Avery Yale Kamila

Animal agriculture's ties to climate change

Story

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

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

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Vegetarians and Zoonosis
by Avery Yale Kamila

Colds, influenza, tuberculosis, measles, smallpox, plague and COVID-19 group under zoonotic diseases

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.

Lesson Plan

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.