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Historical Items

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Item 14425

Captain Black Hawk Putnam, Houlton, ca. 1890

Contributed by: Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum Date: circa 1890 Location: Houlton Media: Photographic print

Item 19349

Black Hawk and Jursha Snell Putnam, Houlton, ca. 1885

Contributed by: Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum Date: circa 1885 Location: Houlton Media: Oil painting

Item 20784

Black Point, Scarborough, ca. 1633 - 1728

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1633 Location: Scarborough Media: Ink on paper, map

Online Exhibits

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A Convenient Soldier: The Black Guards of Maine

The Black Guards were African American Army soldiers, members of the segregated Second Battalion of the 366th Infantry sent to guard the railways of Maine during World War II, from 1941 to 1945. The purpose of the Black Guards' deployment to Maine was to prevent terrorist attacks along the railways, and to keep Maine citizens safe during the war.

Exhibit

A Brief History of Colby College

Colby originated in 1813 as Maine Literary and Theological Institution and is now a small private liberal arts college of about 1,800 students. A timeline of the history and development of Colby College from 1813 until the present.

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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.

Site Pages

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Skowhegan Community History - A Brief History of the Skowhegan Area

Hanson Black Robe on the Kennebec by Mary Calvert Skowhegan Community In partnership with the Maine Memory Network | Project of Maine Historical…

Site Page

Skowhegan Community History - Kennebec River Log Drive

Mosquitoes, black flies, leeches, and moose flies were all annoyances that the loggers had to put up with.

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Surry by the Bay - History of Surry

History of Surry Item Contributed bySurry Historical Society Text written by Lynn Bonsey, with sections adapted from Surry, Maine: An informal…

My Maine Stories

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Story

History of Forest Gardens
by Gary Libby

This is a history of one of Portland's oldest local bars

Story

We Gonna Be Alright and Say It Loud
by Ryan Adams

Creating artwork during a period of social and cultural awakening

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My Africa Book and living in Portland
by Titi de Baccarat

My art is about being an immigrant in the US, my pain, fear, uncertainty, and hope for my future

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

Black History and the History of Slavery in Maine

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12, Postsecondary Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson presents an overview of the history of the Black community in Maine and the U.S., including Black people who were enslaved in Maine, Maine’s connections to slavery and the slave trade, a look into the racism and discrimination many Black people in Maine have experienced, and highlights selected histories of Black people, demonstrating the longevity of their experiences and contributions to the community and culture in Maine.