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Historical Items

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Item 35067

Charles M. Talbot, Turner, 1922

Contributed by: Turner Museum and Historical Society Date: 1922 Location: Turner Media: Photographic print

Item 11181

Santa Claus with Rubik's Cube, Brunswick, 1981

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1981-12-18 Location: Brunswick Media: Photographic print

Item 25019

Dr. Rockwell's Mustard Plaster, March 1929

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1929 Media: Ink on paper

Online Exhibits

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May Baskets, a Dog, and a Party for Children

Two women thinking intruders were coming into their Biddeford Pool home, let the dog out to chase them away. Later, they discovered the truth about the noise at their door.


Hiking, Art and Science: Portland's White Mountain Club

In 1873, a group of men, mostly from Portland, formed the second known hiking club in the U.S., the White Mountain Club of Portland, to carry out their scientific interests, their love of hiking and camaraderie, and their artistic interests in painting and drawing the features of several of the White Mountains.


A Handwritten Community Newspaper

The eight issues of South Freeport's handwritten newspaper, distributed in 1859, provided "general interest and amusement" to the coastal community.

Site Pages

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Early Maine Photography - Human Interest

… some portrayed their subjects with a touch of humor, mystery, or charm. Four tintypes in the Maine Historical Society Collection depict pairs of…

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Rum, Riot, and Reform - Reform and Repeal

1863, Box 3 Humor has been an integral part of the drinking scene from the earliest times. This specimen was given out with Belfast 5" cigars.

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Life on a Tidal River - Bangor Man Rats Out Brady Gang - Page 1 of 2

… Society Shep was very energetic, smart, and humorous. His hobbies included poker, reading, singing, playing tennis, and bridge.

My Maine Stories

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A Florida Flatlander Finds Adventure in Maine (An Excerpt)
by Steve Hood

Humorous reminisces of former adventures in Maine from a Florida retiree


In the midst of the tragedy of war, there are humorous moments
by Roger Ek, Seawolf 25

Never leave beer with the PBRs


Two-minute Tale of the Pandemic
by Nancy Creighton Collins

What everyday life was like during the beginning of the pandemic.

Lesson Plans

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Longfellow Studies: "The Poet's Tale - The Birds of Killingworth"

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12 Content Area: English Language Arts, Science & Engineering, Social Studies
This poem is one of the numerous tales in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Tales of the Wayside Inn. The collection was published in three parts between 1863 and 1873. This series of long narrative poems were written by Longfellow during the most difficult personal time of his life. While mourning the tragic death of his second wife (Fanny Appleton Longfellow) he produced this ambitious undertaking. During this same period he translated Dante's Inferno from Italian to English. "The Poet's Tale" is a humorous poem with a strong environmental message which reflects Longfellow's Unitarian outlook on life.