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Historical Items

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Item 102152

William Floyd on the militias and local government, New York, 1776

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1776-05-09 Location: New York Media: Ink on paper

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Planting Norway pine on Abandoned farm, Troy, ca. 1940

Courtesy of Neil Piper, an individual partner Date: 1940 Location: Troy Media: Photographic print

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James C. Ledyard, Bath, ca. 1874

Contributed by: Patten Free Library Date: circa 1874 Location: Bath Media: Photographic print

Architecture & Landscape

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Somerset County Court House, Skowhegan, 1873-1904

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1873–1904 Location: Skowhegan Client: Somerset County Architect: John Calvin Stevens

Online Exhibits

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Civil Defense: Fear and Safety

In the 1950s and the 1960s, Maine's Civil Defense effort focused on preparedness for hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters and a more global concern, nuclear war. Civil Defense materials urged awareness, along with measures like storing food and other staple items and preparing underground or other shelters.


Passing the Time: Artwork by World War II German POWs

In 1944, the US Government established Camp Houlton, a prisoner of war (POW) internment camp for captured German soldiers during World War II. Many of the prisoners worked on local farms planting and harvesting potatoes. Some created artwork and handicrafts they sold or gave to camp guards. Camp Houlton processed and held about 3500 prisoners and operated until May 1946.


Port of Portland's Custom House and Collectors of Customs

The collector of Portland was the key to federal patronage in Maine, though other ports and towns had collectors. Through the 19th century, the revenue was the major source of Federal Government income. As in Colonial times, the person appointed to head the custom House in Casco Bay was almost always a leading community figure, or a well-connected political personage.

Site Pages

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Beyond Borders - Mapping Maine and the Northeast Boundary - Fixing Borders on the Land: The Northeastern Boundary in Treaties and Local Reality, 1763-1842 - Page 4 of 5

… of 1838-39, encouraged the new Whig and Tory governments of the US and Britain to finally settle the northeastern border in 1842.

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Beyond Borders - Mapping Maine and the Northeast Boundary - Fixing Borders on the Land: The Northeastern Boundary in Treaties and Local Reality, 1763-1842 - Page 5 of 5

… and Webster was later criticized for using government funds to secretly pay for pro-treaty newspaper propaganda to sway public opinion in Maine.

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Maine's Road to Statehood - Overview: Road to Statehood

… felt unrepresented and burdened by the distant government in Boston. As whispers of separation became louder in the late 1700s, various political…

My Maine Stories

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Spiros Droggitis: From Biddeford to Washington DC and back
by Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center

A Greek family's impact: from the iconic Wonderbar Restaurant to Washington DC


Pandemic ruminations and the death of Rose Cleveland
by Tilly Laskey

Correlations between the 1918 and 2020 Pandemics


Cape Verde and the Doctrines of Discovery
by Lelia DeAndrade

My Cape Verde family's culture and history is tied to the Doctrines of Discovery

Lesson Plans

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Becoming Maine: The District of Maine's Coastal Economy

Grade Level: 3-5 Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson plan will introduce students to the maritime economy of Maine prior to statehood and to the Coasting Law that impacted the separation debate. Students will examine primary documents, take part in an activity that will put the Coasting Law in the context of late 18th century – early 19th century New England, and learn about how the Embargo Act of 1807 affected Maine in the decades leading to statehood.