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Item 105692

Mary King Scrimgeour's collarless coat, Lewiston, ca. 1900

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1900 Location: Lewiston Media: wool, silk, cotton

Item 105660

Mary K. Scrimgeour's elabroate evening coat, Ontario, ca. 1875

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1875 Location: Lewiston Media: silk

Item 103199

Mrs. Z.C. Bolduc Dress & Cloak shop, Auburn, ca. 1903

Courtesy of Kathy Bolduc Amoroso, an individual partner Date: circa 1903 Location: Auburn Media: Photographic print


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Les Raquetteurs

In the early 1600s, French explorers and colonizers in the New World quickly adopted a Native American mode of transportation to get around during the harsh winter months: the snowshoe. Most Northern societies had some form of snowshoe, but the Native Americans turned it into a highly functional item. French settlers named snowshoes "raquettes" because they resembled the tennis racket then in use.


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.


Dressing Up, Standing Out, Fitting In

Adorning oneself to look one's "best" has varied over time, gender, economic class, and by event. Adornments suggest one's sense of identity and one's intent to stand out or fit in.

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Skowhegan Community History - Abenakis in the Norridgewock/Skowhegan Area

… and girls were skilled canoeists who used paddles fashioned by their fathers. Their way of life changed as a result of the coming of the Europeans…

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Lubec, Maine - Building the Roosevelt Bridge to Campobello - Page 1 of 3

… Historical Society Campobello, a 15 square mile Canadian island in the Bay of Fundy and site of Franklin D.

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Lubec, Maine - McCurdy Herring Smokehouse - Page 1 of 4

… Lubec from the island of Campobello on the Canadian side. The waterfront landscape was densely crowded with smokehouses, sardine canneries, lumber…