Historical ItemsView All Showing 2 of 404
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1812 Media: Wood, wool, velvet
Parasol fashion doll, ca. 1794
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1794 Media: wood, silk
Online ExhibitsView All Showing 2 of 47
The mainspring of fashion is the process whereby members of one class imitate the styles of another, who in turn are driven to ever new expedients of fashionable change.
Northern Threads: Early Republic era Fashion dolls
A themed exhibit vignette within "Northern Threads Part I," featuring Early Repulic-era (ca.1780-1820) fashion dolls.
Northern Threads: Mourning Fashions
A themed exhibit vignette within "Northern Threads Part I," featuring 18th and 19th century mourning jewelry and fashions.
Site PagesView All Showing 2 of 292
Historic Clothing Collection - Fashions Far & Away
Fashions Far & Away View the Fashions Far & Away Slide Show Imported garments and fabrics are an integral part of American fashion, and of the…
John Martin: Expert Observer - Fashion in Bangor, 1865
He accompanied this illustration of "Fashion in Bangor, 1865," with a discussion of what his mother wore when he was 4 years old and commented on…
My Maine StoriesView All Showing 2 of 10
by Decontie & Brown
Keeping the spirit and memories of our ancestors alive through fashion and creativity
Decontie and Brown's venture in high fashion design
by Decontie and Brown
Penobscot haute couture designs from Bangor
My Africa Book and living in Portland
by Titi de Baccarat
My art is about being an immigrant in the US, my pain, fear, uncertainty, and hope for my future
Lesson PlansView All Showing 2 of 4
Primary Sources: Daily Life in 1820
Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12
Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson plan will give students the opportunity to explore and analyze primary source documents from the years before, during, and immediately after Maine became the 23rd state in the Union. Through close looking at documents, objects, and art from Maine during and around 1820, students will ask questions and draw informed conclusions about life at the time of statehood.
Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12, Postsecondary
Content Area: Science & Engineering, Social Studies
This lesson presents an overview of the history of the fur trade in Maine with a focus on the 17th and 18th centuries, on how fashion influenced that trade, and how that trade impacted Indigenous peoples and the environment.
Longfellow Studies: The Birth of An American Hero in "Paul Revere's Ride"
Grade Level: 9-12
Content Area: English Language Arts, Social Studies
The period of American history just prior to the Civil War required a mythology that would celebrate the strength of the individual, while fostering a sense of Nationalism. Longfellow saw Nationalism as a driving force, particularly important during this period and set out in his poem, "Paul Revere's Ride" to arm the people with the necessary ideology to face the oncoming hardships. "Paul Revere's Ride" was perfectly suited for such an age and is responsible for embedding in the American consciousness a sense of the cultural identity that was born during this defining period in American History. It is Longfellow's interpretation and not the actual event that became what Dana Gioia terms "a timeless emblem of American courage and independence." Gioia credits the poem's perseverance to the ease of the poem's presentation and subject matter. "Paul Revere's Ride" takes a complicated historical incident embedded in the politics of Revolutionary America and retells it with narrative clarity, emotional power, and masterful pacing,"(2). Although there have been several movements to debunk "Paul Revere's Ride," due to its lack of historical accuracy, the poem has remained very much alive in our national consciousness. Warren Harding, president during the fashionable reign of debunk criticism, perhaps said it best when he remarked, "An iconoclastic American said there never was a ride by Paul Revere. Somebody made the ride, and stirred the minutemen in the colonies to fight the battle of Lexington, which was the beginning of independence in the new Republic of America. I love the story of Paul Revere, whether he rode or not" (Fischer 337). Thus, "despite every well-intentioned effort to correct it historically, Revere's story is for all practical purposes the one Longfellow created for him," (Calhoun 261). It was what Paul Revere's Ride came to symbolize that was important, not the actual details of the ride itself.