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Historical Items

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Item 102953

Stuffed prunes pecipe, ca. 1917

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1917 Location: Portland Media: Ink on paper

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Item 102951

"Fruit Cake For The Trenches" recipe, ca. 1917

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1917 Location: Portland Media: Ink on paper

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Item 102954

Potage Albert recipe, ca. 1917

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1917 Location: Portland Media: Ink on paper

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Tax Records

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Item 45780

37-41 Commercial Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Thaxter S. W. & Co. Use: Office & Storage

Item 53866

285-291 Commercial Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Richardson Wharf Company Use: Office & Storage

Item 86813

208-220 Commercial (rear), Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Harriet L. Blake Use: Mfg Plant food

Architecture & Landscape

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Item 109283

Featherweight Foods dehydration & starch factories, Fort Kent, 1944

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1944 Location: Fort Kent Client: Featherweight Foods Inc. Architect: Eaton W. Tarbell

Item 111580

Galen C. Moses house, Bath, 1901

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1901 Location: Bath Client: Galen C. Moses Architect: John Calvin Stevens

Online Exhibits

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Exhibit

Maine Eats: the food revolution starts here

From Maine's iconic lobsters, blueberries, potatoes, apples, and maple syrup, to local favorites like poutine, baked beans, red hot dogs, Italian sandwiches, and Whoopie Pies, Maine's identity and economy are inextricably linked to food. Sourcing food, preparing food, and eating food are all part of the heartbeat of Maine's culture and economy. Now, a food revolution is taking us back to our roots in Maine: to the traditional sources, preparation, and pleasures of eating food that have sustained Mainers for millennia.

Exhibit

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.

Exhibit

Maine Sweets: Confections and Confectioners

From chocolate to taffy, Mainers are inventive with our sweet treats. In addition to feeding our sweet tooth, it's also an economic driver for the state.

Site Pages

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Site Page

Presque Isle: The Star City - Potato Starch Factory, c. 1965

… potato starch which is used in the production of food, medicines, paper, and other products. Potatoes that are not suitable for sale as table stock…

Site Page

Historic Hallowell - The City of Hallowell

… communicating with Central Maine Power and the food bank to get power to the area and get food to the elderly and needy.

Site Page

Biddeford History & Heritage Project - The Civil War/Reconstruction Era as Experienced in Biddeford & Saco - Page 3 of 17

Ice was the primary way of preserving food until freon refrigeration was created in the early 1900s.

My Maine Stories

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Story

Portland cuisine supports health in West Africa
by Maria Cushing

I present Portuguese inspired food to fundraise for Amigos de Mente

Story

The Cup Code (working at OOB in the 1960s)
by Randy Randall

Teenagers cooking fried food in OOB and the code used identify the product and quantity.

Story

Shax and laxoox: tea with milk and Somali bread.
by Kheyro Jama

Lahooh (laxoox) is a food staple in East Africa, enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or dinner

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride Companion Curriculum

Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8 Content Area: Social Studies
These lesson plans were developed by Maine Historical Society for the Seashore Trolley Museum as a companion curriculum for the historical fiction YA novel "Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride" by Jean. M. Flahive (2019). The novel tells the story of Millie Thayer, a young girl who dreams of leaving the family farm, working in the city, and fighting for women's suffrage. Millie's life begins to change when a "flying carpet" shows up in the form of an electric trolley that cuts across her farm and when a fortune-teller predicts that Millie's path will cross that of someone famous. Suddenly, Millie finds herself caught up in events that shake the nation, Maine, and her family. The lesson plans in this companion curriculum explore a variety of topics including the history of the trolley use in early 20th century Maine, farm and rural life at the turn of the century, the story of Theodore Roosevelt and his relationship with Maine, WWI, and the flu pandemic of 1918-1920.