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Historical Items

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Item 7858

U.S. Frigate Constitution, Kittery, 1896

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1896 Location: Kittery; Portsmouth Media: Photoprint

Item 18030

U.S.S. Constitution, Portland, 1931

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1931 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Item 6322

Haydn Association Constitution and Bylaws, Portland, 1886

Contributed by: Portland Public Library Date: 1886 Location: Portland Media: Paper

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Online Exhibits

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A Tale of Two Sailmakers

Camden has been home to generations of fishermen, shipbuilders, sailmakers, and others who make their living through the sea. The lives of two Camden sailmakers, who were born nearly a century apart, became entwined at a small house on Limerock Street.


William King

Maine's first governor, William King, was arguably the most influential figure in Maine's achieving statehood in 1820. Although he served just one year as the Governor of Maine, he was instrumental in establishing the new state's constitution and setting up its governmental infrastructure.


Colonial Cartography: The Plymouth Company Maps

The Plymouth Company (1749-1816) managed one of the very early land grants in Maine along the Kennebec River. The maps from the Plymouth Company's collection of records constitute some of the earliest cartographic works of colonial America.

Site Pages

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Historic Clothing Collection - Men's Wear

… coats, and importantly, a group of high quality mid-twentieth century suits, which constitute a significant feature of the overall MHS collection.

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Intro to pages 0-46

… Part 1, to page 46 The section includes the Constitution of the organization, information about Acadian Hall, Wasgatts Quartet, a list of members…

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Intro to pages 133-end

He also includes another Constitution of the "Scientific School," dated 1860. He also information about or profiles and images of: Leighton George…

My Maine Stories

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The Equal Freedom to Marry
by Mary L Bonauto

Marriage Equality, Maine, and the U.S. Supreme Court


A Note from a Maine-American
by William Dow Turner

With 7 generations before statehood, and 5 generations since, Maine DNA carries on.


History of Forest Gardens
by Gary Libby

This is a history of one of Portland's oldest local bars

Lesson Plans

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Becoming Maine: The Votes for Statehood

Grade Level: 3-5 Content Area: Social Studies
Maine became a state in 1820 after separating from Massachusetts, but the call for statehood had begun long before the final vote. Why did it take so long? Was 1820 the right time? In this lesson, students will begin to place where Maine’s statehood fits into the broader narrative of 18th and 19th century American political history. They will have the opportunity to cast their own Missouri Compromise vote after learning about Maine’s long road to statehood.