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Historical Items

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Item 104209

Central Maine Fair flyer, Waterville, 1921

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1921 Location: Waterville Media: Ink on paper

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Item 74759

Maine Yankee reactor pit construction, Wiscasset, 1968

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1968 Location: Wiscasset Media: Photographic print

Item 74758

Maine Yankee brochure, Wiscasset, 1975

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1975 Location: Wiscasset Media: Ink on paper

Tax Records

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Item 82915

8th Maine Regimental Assoc. property, S. Side 8th Maine Avenue, Peaks Island, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: 8th Maine Regimental Assoc. Use: Summer Dwelling

Item 82922

Clough property, 8th Maine Avenue, Peaks Island, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Mary D. Clough Use: Summer Dwelling

Item 82888

Bates property, Eight Maine Avenue, Peaks Island, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Carrie J. Bates Use: Summer Dwelling

Exhibits

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Amazing! Maine Stories

These stories -- that stretch from 1999 back to 1759 -- take you from an amusement park to the halls of Congress. There are inventors, artists, showmen, a railway agent, a man whose civic endeavors helped shape Portland, a man devoted to the pursuit of peace and one known for his military exploits, Maine's first novelist, a woman who recorded everyday life in detail, and an Indian who survived a British attack.

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The Shape of Maine

The boundaries of Maine are the product of international conflict, economic competition, political fights, and contested development. The boundaries are expressions of human values; people determined the shape of Maine.

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John Hancock's Relation to Maine

The president of the Continental Congress and the Declaration's most notable signatory, John Hancock, has ties to Maine through politics, and commercial businesses, substantial property, vacations, and family.

Site Pages

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Site Page

Early Maine Photography - Early Maine Photography at Maine Historical Society

Early Maine Photography at Maine Historical Society Ellen, William Pitt Preble, and Stephen Longfellow, Portland, ca.

Site Page

Early Maine Photography - War

… Revolution passed away, more than 70,000 men from Maine fought in the Civil War to preserve the Union and end slavery.

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Portland Press Herald Glass Negative Collection - 1925 National Governors' Association Convention

Executives, their families, and their staff were welcomed at the Maine State Pier in Portland with “Guns, Whistles, and Trumpets”.

My Maine Stories

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Story

The story behind David Moses Bridges' basket
by Patricia Ayala Rocabado

The story behind David Moses Bridges' (1962-2017) birch bark basket

Story

Maine family across the USA
by James Burton Wengler (Robinson)

A Maine family scattered across the USA

Story

What Maine Means to Me
by Nicolette B. Meister

How a friendship created a lifelong love of Maine.

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Maine Statehood

Grade Level: 9-12 Content Area: Social Studies
Maine's quest for statehood began in the years immediately following the American Revolution. Though the state of Massachusetts consented to the separation in 1819 and Maine would ultimately achieve statehood in 1820, Maine’s split from Massachusetts was not without controversy and was not universally supported by people living in Maine. Using primary sources, students will explore the arguments for and against Maine statehood. Students will gather evidence and arguments to debate the statement: It is in the best interests of the people of Maine for Maine to become its own state.

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Becoming Maine: The Votes for Statehood

Grade Level: 3-5 Content Area: Social Studies
Maine became a state in 1820 after separating from Massachusetts, but the call for statehood had begun long before the final vote. Why did it take so long? Was 1820 the right time? In this lesson, students will begin to place where Maine’s statehood fits into the broader narrative of 18th and 19th century American political history. They will have the opportunity to cast their own Missouri Compromise vote after learning about Maine’s long road to statehood.

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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.