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Historical Items

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Item 25314

Advertisement for Donnell Clothing Company, Biddeford, 1885

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: 1885 Location: Biddeford Media: Ink on paper

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Item 25316

Advertisement for Donnell Clothing Company, Biddeford, 1885

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: 1885 Location: Biddeford Media: Ink on paper

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Item 29113

Weighing finished cloth at the Pepperell Mills, Biddeford, ca. 1925

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: circa 1925 Location: Biddeford Media: Photographic print

Tax Records

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Item 63344

234 Middle Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Finks Clothing Co. Use: Apartments & Store

Item 35763

10 Brown Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Frederick N Dow Use: Dwelling & Store

Item 35765

12-16 Brown Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Frederick N Dow Use: Stores & Rooming House

Architecture & Landscape

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Item 111502

Joseph's elevations, Portland, 1984-1987

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1984–1987 Location: Portland; Portland Client: Joseph's Architect: Carol A. Wilson; Carol A. Wilson, Architect

Item 111885

John S. Hyde residence, Bath, 1913-1914

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1913–1914 Location: Bath Client: John Sedgwick Hyde Architect: John Calvin Stevens and John Howard Stevens Architects

Online Exhibits

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Exhibit

Northern Threads: Civil War-era clothing

An exhibit vignette within "Northern Threads, Part 1," featuring American Civil War civilian and military clothing, 1860 to 1869.

Exhibit

Fashionable Maine: early twentieth century clothing

Maine residents kept pace with the dramatic shift in women’s dress that occurred during the short number of years preceding and immediately following World War I. The long restrictive skirts, stiff collars, body molding corsets and formal behavior of earlier decades quickly faded away and the new straight, dropped waist easy-to-wear clothing gave mobility and freedom of movement in tune with the young independent women of the casual, post-war jazz age generation.

Exhibit

Northern Threads: Penobscot mocassins

A themed exhibit vignette within "Northern Threads, Part I," about telling stories through Indigenous clothing, featuring an essay by Jennifer Sapiel Neptune (Penobscot.)

Site Pages

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Historic Clothing Collection - Mourning Clothing

Mourning Clothing View the Mourning Clothing Slide Show With the growth of the middle class, the custom of wearing black during periods of…

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Historic Clothing Collection - Children's Wear

Children's Wear View the Children's Clothing Slide Show For the second half of the 19th century children’s fashions mirrored adult styles.

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Historic Clothing Collection - Mid Twentieth Century

The mid twentieth century (1950-1980) clothing at Maine Historical Society is but a small fraction of the Society's overall garment holdings, which…

My Maine Stories

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Story

Wabanaki Fashion
by Decontie & Brown

Keeping the spirit and memories of our ancestors alive through fashion and creativity

Story

From Chinese Laundress to Mother of the Year
by Dr. Andrea Louie

Toy Len Goon's granddaughter recounts her immigration to the US and becoming Mother of the Year.

Story

Growing up DownEast
by Darrin MC Mclellan

Stories of growing up Downeast

Lesson Plans

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Primary Sources: Daily Life in 1820

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12 Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson plan will give students the opportunity to explore and analyze primary source documents from the years before, during, and immediately after Maine became the 23rd state in the Union. Through close looking at documents, objects, and art from Maine during and around 1820, students will ask questions and draw informed conclusions about life at the time of statehood.