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Historical Items

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Item 103624

Police assigned to Conference of Governors, South Poland, 1925

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media Date: 1925-07-29 Location: South Poland Media: Glass Negative

Item 104322

U.S. Government Department of Agriculture food chart, 1943

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1943 Media: Lithograph

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Item 100578

Israel Washburn Jr. on integrity of government, Augusta, 1861

Contributed by: Washburn Norlands Living History Center Date: 1861-02-04 Location: Augusta Media: Ink on paper

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Tax Records

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Item 50794

Assessor's Record, 65-79 Exchange Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: U.S. Government Use: Post Office

Item 53805

Assessor's Record, 314 Fore Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: United States Government Use: Custom House

Item 63258

Assessor's Record, 65-79 Exchange Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: United States Government Use: Post Office

Exhibits

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Civil Defense: Fear and Safety

In the 1950s and the 1960s, Maine's Civil Defense effort focused on preparedness for hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters and a more global concern, nuclear war. Civil Defense materials urged awareness, along with measures like storing food and other staple items and preparing underground or other shelters.

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Port of Portland's Custom House and Collectors of Customs

The collector of Portland was the key to federal patronage in Maine, though other ports and towns had collectors. Through the 19th century, the revenue was the major source of Federal Government income. As in Colonial times, the person appointed to head the custom House in Casco Bay was almost always a leading community figure, or a well-connected political personage.

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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.

Site Pages

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Site Page

Maine's Road to Statehood - Turn of the Century to the War of 1812

… with Britain, it was a burden to the national government and potentially hazardous to attempt a separation.

Site Page

Maine's Road to Statehood - Maine in the 17th Century

… of Kittery swore their allegiance to the government of Massachusetts Bay, and by 1658, Kittery, York, Saco, Wells and Cape Porpoise (Kennebunkport)…

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Maine's Road to Statehood - Overview: Road to Statehood

… felt unrepresented and burdened by the distant government in Boston. As whispers of separation became louder in the late 1700s, various political…

My Maine Stories

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Story

Pandemic ruminations and the death of Rose Cleveland
by Tilly Laskey

Correlations between the 1918 and 2020 Pandemics

Story

Restoring the Penobscot River
by John Banks

My role as the Director of the Department of Natural Resources for the Penobscot Indian Nation

Story

Wampum Belts
by Donald Soctomah

My great grandfather was a wampum keeper

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

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.

Lesson Plan

Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Maine Statehood

Grade Level: 9-12 Content Area: Social Studies
Maine's quest for statehood began in the years immediately following the American Revolution. Though the state of Massachusetts consented to the separation in 1819 and Maine would ultimately achieve statehood in 1820, Maine’s split from Massachusetts was not without controversy and was not universally supported by people living in Maine. Using primary sources, students will explore the arguments for and against Maine statehood. Students will gather evidence and arguments to debate the statement: It is in the best interests of the people of Maine for Maine to become its own state.

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Maine Statehood and the Missouri Compromise

Grade Level: 9-12 Content Area: Social Studies
Using primary sources, students will explore the arguments for and against Maine statehood and the Missouri Compromise, and the far-reaching implications of Maine statehood and the Missouri Compromise such as the preservation and spread of slavery in the United States. Students will gather evidence and arguments to debate the statement: The Missouri Compromise was deeply flawed and ultimately did more harm to the Union than good.