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Historical Items

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Item 27021

Crumb Scraper, Islesboro, c. 1910

Contributed by: Islesboro Historical Society Date: circa 1910 Location: Islesboro Media: Silver plate

Item 81713

Harbourside Inn, Northeast Harbor, ca. 1915

Contributed by: Mount Desert Island Historical Society Date: circa 1915 Location: Mount Desert Media: Photographic print

Item 27049

The Islesboro Inn Burning, 1915

Contributed by: Islesboro Historical Society Date: 1915-09-30 Location: Islesboro Media: Photographic print

Exhibits

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Exhibit

Poland Spring: Summering in Fashion

During the Gilded Age at the end of the nineteenth century, Americans sought to leave increasing urban, industrialized lives for the health and relaxation of the country. The Poland Spring resort, which offered a beautiful setting, healing waters, and many amenities, was one popular destination.

Exhibit

Summer Folk: The Postcard View

Vacationers, "rusticators," or tourists began flooding into Maine in the last quarter of the 19th century. Many arrived by train or steamer. Eventually, automobiles expanded and changed the tourist trade, and some vacationers bought their own "cottages."

Exhibit

Designing Acadia

For one hundred years, Acadia National Park has captured the American imagination and stood as the most recognizable symbol of Maine’s important natural history and identity. This exhibit highlights Maine Memory content relating to Acadia and Mount Desert Island.

Site Pages

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Site Page

Islesboro--An Island in Penobscot Bay - Early Settlements

… in 1904 after a successful stay at the Islesboro Inn in 1903. Islesboro’s first fully equipped boatyard was built on Acre Island in 1920 and is…

Site Page

Islesboro--An Island in Penobscot Bay - Businesses and Cottage Industries

… meat, fish and produce for the expanding summer colony. During peak season delivery trucks hurried about to the summer cottages and large yachts…

Site Page

Blue Hill, Maine - Discover the Story of Blue Hill - Page 3 of 4

The so-called rusticators came to Blue Hill's summer colony on steamships that met their passengers at the railhead in Rockland.

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

Longfellow Studies: "Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie"--Selected Lines and Illustrations

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12 Content Area: Social Studies, Visual & Performing Arts
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Maine's native son, is the epitome of Victorian Romanticism. Aroostook County is well acquainted with Longfellow's epic poem, Evangeline, because it is the story of the plight of the Acadians, who were deported from Acadie between 1755 and 1760. The descendants of these hard-working people inhabit much of Maine, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. The students enjoy hearing the story and seeing the ink drawings. The illustrations are my interpretations. The collection took approximately two months to complete. The illustrations are presented in a Victorian-style folio, reminiscent of the family gathered in the parlor for a Sunday afternoon reading of Evangeline, which was published in 1847. Preparation Required/Preliminary Discussion: Have students read "Evangeline A Tale of Acadie". Give a background of the Acadia Diaspora. Suggested Follow-up Activities: Students could illustrate their own poems, as well as other Longfellow poems, such as: "Paul Revere's Ride," "The Village Blacksmith," or "The Children's Hour." "Tales of the Wayside Inn" is a colonial Canterbury Tales. The guest of the inn each tell stories. Student could write or illustrate their own characters or stories. Appropriate calligraphy assignments could include short poems and captions for their illustrations. Inks, pastels, watercolors, and colored pencils would be other appropriate illustrative media that could be applicable to other illustrated poems and stories. Each illustration in this exhibit was made in India ink on file folder paper. The dimensions, including the burgundy-colors mat, are 9" x 12". A friend made the calligraphy.