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Item 10849

Dolly Dingle paper dolls, 1985

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1650 Media: Paper

Item 105642

Painting of 18th and 19th century fashion dolls, 1919

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1820 Media: Watercolor on paper

Item 1048

Florence Jewett, Norridgewock, ca. 1885

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1885 Location: Norridgewock Media: Photographic print

Tax Records

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Item 98961

Assessor's Record, 1929-2013 Forest Avenue, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Riverton Realty Company Use: Amusement


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Art of the People: Folk Art in Maine

For many different reasons people saved and carefully preserved the objects in this exhibit. Eventually, along with the memories they hold, the objects were passed to the Maine Historical Society. Object and memory, serve as a powerful way to explore history and to connect to the lives of people in the past.


Dressing Up, Standing Out, Fitting In

Adorning oneself to look one's "best" has varied over time, gender, economic class, and by event. Adornments suggest one's sense of identity and one's intent to stand out or fit in.


How Sweet It Is

Desserts have always been a special treat. For centuries, Mainers have enjoyed something sweet as a nice conclusion to a meal or celebrate a special occasion. But many things have changed over the years: how cooks learn to make desserts, what foods and tools were available, what was important to people.

Site Pages

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Blue Hill, Maine - Craftsman

Craftsman Sleep tight doll Item 33906 infoJonathan Fisher Memorial, Inc. The expression "sleep tight" had its origins in the times when bed…

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Annie Martin, Bangor, 1864

… numbered "2," she was making a dress for her doll, telling the cat she could not pick it up because she was busy.

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Historic Hallowell - Johnny Stringer ~ A Character of Industry

He also made dolls' cradles and bedsteads, for the children of the town, for whom he also had a store of broken--and must we add, to be…

My Maine Stories

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"Mama sings 'get your hands up'": Maria's Diary June 2020
by Maria

Maria, 7 years old, records impressions of staying with her grandparents in Somesville in June 2020.


A Maine Family's story of being Prisoners of War in Manila
by Nicki Griffin

As a child, born after the war, I would hear these stories - glad they were finally written down