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Keywords: Clothing and dress.

Historical Items

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Item 111511

Floral maxi-dress, Kennebunk, ca.1972

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1972 Media: cotton, plastic

Item 105494

Plaid silk day dress, ca. 1850

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1850 Media: Silk, cotton, brass, glass

Item 111433

Drop waist cocktail dress, Portland, ca. 1925

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1925 Location: Portland Media: silk, rayon, glass beads

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: Two centuries of dress at Maine Historical

Organized by themed vignettes, Northern Threads shares stories about Maine people, while exploring how the clothing they wore reveals social, economic, and environmental histories. This re-examination of Maine Historical Society's permanent collection is an opportunity to consider the relevance of historic clothing in museums, the ebb and flow of fashion styles, and the complexities of diverse representation spanning 200 years of collecting.

Site Pages

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Historic Clothing Collection - The Maine Historical Society Historic Dress Collection - Page 2 of 2

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, MA-30-18-0288-18.

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Historic Clothing Collection - The Maine Historical Society Historic Dress Collection - Page 1 of 2

Plain ordinary dress and working clothes worn by the financially less well to do, scarcely survive. Well used, repaired, passed on or repurposed…

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Historic Clothing Collection - Northern Threads: Two centuries of dress at Maine Historical Society - Page 2 of 3

With few exceptions, prior to the mid-20th century, clothing was not collected or considered museum worthy.

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.