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Historical Items

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Item 27109

Telephone Switchboard, Islesboro, ca. 1915

Contributed by: Islesboro Historical Society Date: circa 1915 Location: Islesboro Media: Wood, metal, cord

Item 27110

Telephone Booth, Islesboro, ca. 1919

Contributed by: Islesboro Historical Society Date: circa 1919 Location: Islesboro Media: Metal, wood, glass

Item 9162

Maine Medical Center telephone service, Portland, 1959

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1959 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Online Exhibits

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Maine and the Space Age

The small town of Andover landed on the international map in 1962 when the Earth Station that had been built there successfully communicated with Telstar, the first telecommunications satellite.


Maine Politicians, National Leaders

From the early days of Maine statehood to the present, countless Maine politicians have made names for themselves on the national stage.


World Alpine Ski Racing in Maine

Sugarloaf -- a small ski area by European standards -- entered ski racing history in 1971 by hosting an event that was part of the World Cup Alpine Ski Championships. The "Tall Timber Classic," as the event was known, had a decidedly Maine flavor.

Site Pages

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Lincoln, Maine - Communication & Transportation

"Communication & Transportation Use the menu at left to browse various pieces completed by 7th and 8th grade social-studies students at Mattanawcook…"

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Historic Hallowell - Communication

"Next in the later half of the 1800’s, they communicated by telegraph.” People first started using telephones in the 1880’s and the first telephone…"

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Telephone communication

"Telephone communication In 1896 two store owners, H.W. Joyce in Atlantic and Isaac W. Stinson in Swan's Island Village, had a telephone line between…"

My Maine Stories

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Working as a telephone operator in the 1940s
by Doris Tardy

Working as a telephone operator in 1946 was new and exciting, and challenging.


Ann Luginbuhl - One-to-one in a small rural school
by MLTI Stories of Impact Project

Ann Luginbuhl describes the arrival of one-to-one in a K-8 school of 30 students.


Anne Macdonald - Middle School Science
by MLTI Stories of Impact Project

Anne Macdonald on the impact of the MLTI providing ubiquitous access to real time science data.

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

Portland History: Signalizing and Non-Verbal Communications at the Portland Observatory

Grade Level: 3-5 Content Area: English Language Arts, Social Studies, Visual & Performing Arts
This lesson is an overview of Captain Lemuel Moody's (builder of the Observatory) signaling system used at the Portland Observatory. Activities range from flag making to mapping and journal writing. The "Signals" slide show allows students to look at Captain Moody's general and private signals notebooks. Students are asked a series of questions about the notebooks and Moody's signaling system allowing for a better understanding of the principles behind the Observatory.