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Historical Items

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Item 105977

Zouave-inspired bolero jacket, ca. 1865

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1865 Media: wool, cotton, glass

Item 102229

Kimono inspired evening coat, ca. 1920

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1920 Location: Yarmouth; Ridgewood Media: Silk velvet

Item 111687

Historically inspired young boy's suit, Portland, ca. 1895

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1895 Location: Portland Media: silk, cotton

Architecture & Landscape

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Item 116430

Portland City Hall, Portland, 1909-1912

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1909–1912 Location: Portland Client: City of Portland Architect: Carrere & Hastings Architects

Item 116431

Portland City Hall, Portland, 1910-1914

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1910–1914 Location: Portland Client: City of Portland Architect: Carrere & Hastings Architects

Item 116433

Portland City Hall mechanical drawings, Portland, 1909-1911

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1909–1911 Location: Portland Client: City of Portland Architect: John Calvin Stevens and John Howard Stevens Architects

Online Exhibits

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Cosmopolitan stylings of Mildred and Madeleine Burrage

Born in Portland, sisters Mildred Giddings Burrage (1890-1983) and Madeleine Burrage (1891-1976) were renowned artists and world travelers. Mildred's experiences studying painting in Paris and Italy, and the sisters' trips to Mexico and Guatemala inspired their artwork and shared passions for cosmopolitan and stylish attire. Housed at Maine Historical Society, The Burrage Papers include selections of original advertising drawings called "line sheets" from Parisian fashion houses dating from 1928 to 1936. Images of Madeleine's gemstone jewelry and Mildred's artwork accompany intimate family photographs of the sisters.


Student Exhibit: Medicine in Times Past

Inspired by Dr. Greenleaf Wilbur's medical box at the Skowhegan History House, this exhibit highlights some Mainers in the medical field of the past and the stories they had.


Capturing Arts and Artists in the 1930s

Emmie Bailey Whitney of the Lewiston Journal Saturday Magazine and her husband, noted amateur photographer G. Herbert Whitney, captured in words and photographs the richness of Maine's arts scene during the Great Depression.

Site Pages

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Historic Clothing Collection - Outerwear 1800-1830

French-inspired silk coat, ca. 1800Maine Historical Society Zilpah Wadsworth Longfellow's spencer jacket, Portland, 1827Maine Historical…

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1950-1960 - Page 4 of 4

1950-1960 Dior inspired prom dress, ca. 1960Maine Historical Society As earlier noted, American designers and the now highly successful…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - …next came the artists and rusticators.

Cole inspired other famous artists to follow in his wake—including Frederic Edwin Church and Fitz Henry Lane.

My Maine Stories

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Portland cuisine supports health in West Africa
by Maria Cushing

I present Portuguese inspired food to fundraise for Amigos de Mente


In an Old, Abandoned Island House, I Found my Mentor and my Muse
by Robin Clifford Wood

An aspiring writer finds inspiration and a mentor from the past in an old island home.


My work in the Mercy Hospital emergency room
by Katie Johnson

Katie Johnson discussed her time in the E.R at Mercy Hospital

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

LGBTQ+ History in Maine

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12, Postsecondary Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson presents an overview of the history of the LGBTQ community in Maine and the U.S., including the ways in which attitudes towards the LGBTQ community have changed over time, some of the ways LGBTQ people have faced discrimination and unfair treatment, and some of the moments in Maine and U.S. history that inspired LGBTQ people and their allies to fight for equality and LGBTQ rights.

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Longfellow Studies: The Writer's Hour - "Footprints on the Sands of Time"

Grade Level: 3-5 Content Area: English Language Arts, Social Studies
These lessons will introduce the world-famous American writer and a selection of his work with a compelling historical fiction theme. Students take up the quest: Who was HWL and did his poetry leave footprints on the sands of time? They will "tour" his Cambridge home through young eyes, listen, and discuss poems from a writer’s viewpoint, and create their own poems inspired by Longfellow's works. The interdisciplinary approach utilizes critical thinking skills, living history, technology integration, maps, photos, books, and peer collaboration. The mission is to get students keenly interested in what makes a great writer by using Longfellow as a historic role model. The lessons are designed for students at varying reading levels. Slow learners engage in living history with Alice’s fascinating search through the historic Craigie house, while gifted and talented students may dramatize the virtual tour as a monologue. Constant discovery and exciting presentations keep the magic in lessons. Remember that, "the youthful mind must be interested in order to be instructed." Students will build strong writing skills encouraging them to leave their own "footprints on the sands of time."