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Historical Items

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James Monroe to John Holmes regarding the Treaty of Ghent, 1816

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1816-01-24 Location: Washington Media: Ink on paper

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John Holmes, Alfred, ca. 1840

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1840 Location: Alfred Media: Engraving

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John Holmes, Alfred, ca. 1823

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1823 Location: Alfred Media: Cut paper and silk

Tax Records

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Item 58125

46-54 Holm Avenue, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Anderson St. John Use: Dwelling - Single family

Online Exhibits

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State of Mind: Becoming Maine

The history of the region now known as Maine did not begin at statehood in 1820. What was Maine before it was a state? How did Maine separate from Massachusetts? How has the Maine we experience today been shaped by thousands of years of history?


A City Awakes: Arts and Artisans of Early 19th Century Portland

Portland's growth from 1786 to 1860 spawned a unique social and cultural environment and fostered artistic opportunity and creative expression in a broad range of the arts, which flowered with the increasing wealth and opportunity in the city.


Silk Manufacturing in Westbrook

Cultivation of silkworms and manufacture of silk thread was touted as a new agricultural boon for Maine in the early 19th century. However, only small-scale silk production followed. In 1874, the Haskell Silk Co. of Westbrook changed that, importing raw silk, and producing silk machine twist threat, then fabrics, until its demise in 1930.

Site Pages

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Historic Clothing Collection - Sally Holmes's evening gown, ca. 1824 - Page 1 of 2

… from 1817-1825 when her husband, John Holmes, served as one of Maine's first US senators after Statehood.

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Maine's Road to Statehood - The Missouri Compromise: A Moral Dilemma

On December 8, 1819, John Holmes officially petitioned Congress for Maine's admission. Greenleaf map of the State of Maine, 1820Item Contributed…

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Maine's Road to Statehood - The Final Vote

… lobbying and failure, Massachusetts Governor John Brooks signed the bill on June 19, and on the 26 of July Maine citizens voted 17,091-7,132 in…

My Maine Stories

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History of Forest Gardens
by Gary Libby

This is a history of one of Portland's oldest local bars

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

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.