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Historical Items

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Item 98557

Oriental Powder Company lithograph, ca. 1863

Contributed by: Windham Historical Society Date: circa 1863 Location: Gorham; Windham Media: Ink on paper

Item 7901

Authors group lithograph, 1883

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1883 Media: Lithograph

Item 21727

Lithograph of Green Mountain Rail Road Train

Contributed by: Great Harbor Maritime Museum Date: circa 1885 Location: Bar Harbor Media: Lithograph

Exhibits

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World War I and the Maine Experience

With a long history of patriotism and service, Maine experienced the war in a truly distinct way. Its individual experiences tell the story of not only what it means to be an American, but what it means to be from Maine during the war to end all wars.

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Picturing Henry

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's popularity in the 19th century is reflected by the number of images of him -- in a variety of media -- that were produced and reproduced, some to go with published works of his, but many to be sold to the public on cards and postcards.

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Writing Women

Published women authors with ties to Maine are too numerous to count. They have made their marks in all types of literature.

Site Pages

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Green Mountain Railway

Green Mountain Railway Lithograph of Green Mountain Rail Road TrainItem Contributed byGreat Harbor Maritime Museum In the 1880s railways were…

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Scarborough: They Called It Owascoag - People Who Called Scarborough Home - Page 4 of 4

Rocky Cliff at Prouts Neck, ca. 1940Item Contributed byScarborough Historical Society & Museum By 1857, Homer had left the lithographer and his…

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Scarborough: They Called It Owascoag - Historical Overview - Page 4 of 4

Fort Bragg, CA: Mendocino Lithographers. Gold, Susan Dudley, ed. Scarborough at 350: Linking the Past to the Present.

Lesson Plans

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Longfellow Studies: Celebrity's Picture - Using Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Portraits to Observe Historic Changes

Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 Content Area: Social Studies, Visual & Performing Arts
"In the four quarters of the globe, who reads an American book?" Englishman Sydney Smith's 1820 sneer irked Americans, especially writers such as Irving, Cooper, Hawthorne, and Maine's John Neal, until Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's resounding popularity successfully rebuffed the question. The Bowdoin educated Portland native became the America's first superstar poet, paradoxically loved especially in Britain, even memorialized at Westminster Abbey. He achieved international celebrity with about forty books or translations to his credit between 1830 and 1884, and, like superstars today, his public craved pictures of him. His publishers consequently commissioned Longfellow's portrait more often than his family, and he sat for dozens of original paintings, drawings, and photos during his lifetime, as well as sculptures. Engravers and lithographers printed replicas of the originals as book frontispiece, as illustrations for magazine or newspaper articles, and as post cards or "cabinet" cards handed out to admirers, often autographed. After the poet's death, illustrators continued commercial production of his image for new editions of his writings and coloring books or games such as "Authors," and sculptors commemorated him with busts in Longfellow Schools or full-length figures in town squares. On the simple basis of quantity, the number of reproductions of the Maine native's image arguably marks him as the country's best-known nineteenth century writer. TEACHERS can use this presentation to discuss these themes in art, history, English, or humanities classes, or to lead into the following LESSON PLANS. The plans aim for any 9-12 high school studio art class, but they can also be used in any humanities course, such as literature or history. They can be adapted readily for grades 3-8 as well by modifying instructional language, evaluation rubrics, and targeted Maine Learning Results and by selecting materials for appropriate age level.