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Historical Items

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Item 9841

Governor Baxter at Commencement, St. Agatha, 1924

Contributed by: Ste. Agathe Historical Society Date: 1924 Location: Saint Agatha Media: Photographic print

Item 18188

Potter Academy Commencement Week poster, Sebago, 1934

Contributed by: Sebago Historical Society Date: 1934 Location: Sebago Media: Ink on paper

Item 27564

Invitation, Commencement Exercises New Portland, 1927

Contributed by: New Portland Historical Society Date: 1927 Location: New Portland Media: Ink on paper

Exhibits

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Graduation Season

Graduations -- and schools -- in the 19th through the first decade of the 20th century often were small affairs and sometimes featured student presentations that demonstrated what they had learned. They were not necessarily held in May or June, what later became the standard "end of the school year."

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Westbrook Seminary: Educating Women

Westbrook Seminary, built on Stevens Plain in 1831, was founded to educate young men and young women. Seminaries traditionally were a form of advanced secondary education. Westbrook Seminary served an important function in admitting women students, for whom education was less available in the early and mid nineteenth century.

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Port of Portland's Custom House and Collectors of Customs

The collector of Portland was the key to federal patronage in Maine, though other ports and towns had collectors. Through the 19th century, the revenue was the major source of Federal Government income. As in Colonial times, the person appointed to head the custom House in Casco Bay was almost always a leading community figure, or a well-connected political personage.

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Circus swing, Boston, 1853

… swing, he wrote, "The introduction of swing exercises on a rope as below commenced in this Circus which was as wonderful as any feats were…

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Mantor Library, University of Maine Farmington

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