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Historical Items

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Item 104917

Governors gathered for convention at Poland Springs, 1925

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media Date: 1925-06-30 Location: Poland Media: Glass Plate Negative

Item 104922

Group of governors seated in the Poland Spring House during the Governors Convention, 1925

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media Date: 1925-07-02 Location: Poland Media: Glass negative

Item 104909

First to leave the Portland pier for the Governors Convention, 1925

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media Date: 1925-06-29 Location: Portland Media: Glass Plate Negative

Tax Records

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Item 37481

2-40 West Commercial Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Portland Gas Light Co. Use: Governor House

Architecture & Landscape

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Item 109925

Blaine House existing plantings, Augusta, 1987-1988

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1987–1988 Location: Augusta Client: State of Maine Architect: State of Maine Department of Transportation

Item 109926

Blaine House existing vegetation, Augusta, 1989

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1989 Location: Augusta Client: State of Maine Architect: Blaine House Restoration Committee

Item 109389

Rearrangement of Blaine Mansion for Governor's Residence, Augusta, 1919

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1919 Location: Augusta; Augusta Client: State of Maine Architect: John Calvin Stevens and John Howard Stevens Architects

Online Exhibits

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The Washburns of Livermore

Members of the Washburn family of Livermore participated in the Civil War in a variety of ways -- from Caroline at the homefront, to Samuel at sea, Elihu, as a Congressman from Illinois, and Israel governor of Maine. The family had considerable influence politically on several fronts.


Student Exhibit: Can You Help Our Free Skowhegan Public Library?

The Skowhegan Free Public Library was built in 1889 with money donated by Abner Coburn and the town of Skowhegan. Mr. Coburn left $30,000 in his will towards the building of the library. In 2005, for the library to fully keep up with their programs need to make some renovations. These changes would allow for more use of technology, more room for children's programs, and provide handicap accessibility.


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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Portland Press Herald Glass Negative Collection - 1925 National Governors' Association Convention

"… Association Convention View the National Governors' Convention Slideshow, 1925 On Monday June 29, 1925, over 20 of the nations Governors…"

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Presque Isle: The Star City - Governor's Potato Plot, Presque Isle, 1959

"Governor's Potato Plot, Presque Isle, 1959 Contributed by Presque Isle Historical Society Description In celebration of the centennial of…"

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Bath's Historic Downtown - Lincoln Block

"… collectors was William King, also the first governor of Maine. A customs collector has an office at a frontier where the customs duty on imports is…"

My Maine Stories

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Steve Smith - Maine Tech Coordinator's Perspective as MLTI began
by MlTI Stories of Impact Project

Steve remembers Governor Angus King floating the idea of MLTI with some Maine K-12 Tech Directors.


Duke Albanese - Maine Commissioner of Education (1996-2003)
by MLTI Stories of Impact Project

As Maine Commissioner of Education Duke Albanese kept the MLTI focused on learning.


Eric Chamberlin - Learning Experience Designer
by MLTI Stories of Impact Project

Eric Chamberlin talks about Boothbay Region Elementary School becoming an MLTI Exploration School.

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Maine Governors

Grade Level: Postsecondary Content Area: Social Studies
Students will learn about the people who have occupied the office of Governor and how the Office of Governor operates. The students will understand the different hats and relationships that the Governor has.

Lesson Plan

Longfellow Studies: Longfellow Amongst His Contemporaries - The Ship of State DBQ

Grade Level: 9-12 Content Area: English Language Arts, Social Studies
Preparation Required/Preliminary Discussion: Lesson plans should be done in the context of a course of study on American literature and/or history from the Revolution to the Civil War. The ship of state is an ancient metaphor in the western world, especially among seafaring people, but this figure of speech assumed a more widespread and literal significance in the English colonies of the New World. From the middle of the 17th century, after all, until revolution broke out in 1775, the dominant system of governance in the colonies was the Navigation Acts. The primary responsibility of colonial governors, according to both Parliament and the Crown, was the enforcement of the laws of trade, and the governors themselves appointed naval officers to ensure that the various provisions and regulations of the Navigation Acts were executed. England, in other words, governed her American colonies as if they were merchant ships. This metaphorical conception of the colonies as a naval enterprise not only survived the Revolution but also took on a deeper relevance following the construction of the Union. The United States of America had now become the ship of state, launched on July 4th 1776 and dedicated to the radical proposition that all men are created equal and endowed with certain unalienable rights. This proposition is examined and tested in any number of ways during the decades between the Revolution and the Civil War. Novelists and poets, as well as politicians and statesmen, questioned its viability: Whither goes the ship of state? Is there a safe harbor somewhere up ahead or is the vessel doomed to ruin and wreckage? Is she well built and sturdy or is there some essential flaw in her structural frame?