Keywords: Biddeford, Maine
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1972 Location: Biddeford Client: City of Biddeford Architect: Wadsworth, Boston, Dimick, Mercer & Weatherill
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1971–1972 Location: Biddeford Client: City of Biddeford Architect: Wadsworth, Boston, Dimick, Mercer & Weatherill
The largest textile factory in the country reached seven stories up on the banks of the Saco River in 1825, ushering in more than a century of making cloth in Biddeford and Saco. Along with the industry came larger populations and commercial, retail, social, and cultural growth.
Workers in Maine have labored in factories, on farms, in the woods, on the water, among other locales. Many of Maine's occupations have been determined by the state's climate and geographical features.
In 1857, when Daniel Cough left Amoy Island, China, as a stowaway on a sailing ship from Mt. Desert Island he was on his way into history as the first Chinese person to make his home in Maine. He was soon followed by a cigar maker and a tea merchant who settled in Portland and then by many more Chinese men who spread all over Maine working mostly as laundrymen.
BHP 2009-2010 team members from Biddeford High School Project Aspire, Biddeford Historical Society, and McArthur Public Library.
A historic mill museum dedicated to creating exhibits that will educate the community and highlight mill history; as a research collection to assist the public in locating information on the mill's buildings, history and employees; and to ensure the story of Biddeford's economic and industrial revolution remains relevant and accessible to diverse audiences.
Biddeford and Maine Franco-American Hall of Fame Award recipient
by Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center
With options to be a college French professor, became a lawyer, mayor, DA & District Court Judge
Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12
Content Area: English Language Arts, Social Studies
In December of 1842 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Poems on Slavery was published. "The Slave's Dream" is one of eight anti-slavery poems in the collection. A beautifully crafted and emotionally moving poem, it mesmerizes the reader with the last thoughts of an African King bound to slavery, as he lies dying in a field of rice. The 'landscape of his dreams' include the lordly Niger flowing, his green-eyed Queen, the Caffre huts and all of the sights and sounds of his homeland until at last 'Death illuminates his Land of Sleep.'