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Historical Items

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Item 27979

Jacob Abbott and Fewacres, Farmington, 1903

Contributed by: Farmington Public Library Date: circa 1900 Location: Farmington Media: Engraving, ink on paper

Item 6953

'Glory to Old Maine' ballad, ca. 1861

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1861 Media: Ink on paper

Item 31226

Thursday Club program, Biddeford, 1897

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: 1897–1898 Location: Biddeford Media: Ink on paper, ribbon

Online Exhibits

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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.

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Longfellow: The Man Who Invented America

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was a man and a poet of New England conscience. He was influenced by his ancestry and his Portland boyhood home and experience.

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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.

Site Pages

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Mantor Library, University of Maine Farmington

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Farmington: Franklin County's Shiretown - Jacob Abbott and Fewacres, Farmington, 1903

… writing some of the earliest American juvenile literature deserving of the term "children's literature." He and his four sons had a long…

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Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library

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My Maine Stories

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Ogunquit Beach Sonnet
by Shannon Schooley

Sonnet written for school when I was 12 years old.

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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.

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Hooch Mum and my Vietnam service
by Jim Barrows

A poem about being a medic, saving Vietnamese people and babies. Sometimes we trusted too much.

Lesson Plans

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Maine's Acadian Community: "Evangeline," Le Grand Dérangement, and Cultural Survival

Grade Level: 9-12 Content Area: English Language Arts, Social Studies
This lesson plan will introduce students to the history of the forced expulsion of thousands of people from Acadia, the Romantic look back at the tragedy in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's famous epic poem Evangeline and the heroine's adoption as an Acadian cultural figure, and Maine's Acadian community today, along with their relations with Acadian New Brunswick and Nova Scotia residents and others in the Acadian Diaspora. Students will read and discuss primary documents, compare and contrast Le Grand Dérangement to other forced expulsions in Maine history and discuss the significance of cultural survival amidst hardships brought on by treaties, wars, and legislation.

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Primary Sources: Daily Life in 1820

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12 Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson plan will give students the opportunity to explore and analyze primary source documents from the years before, during, and immediately after Maine became the 23rd state in the Union. Through close looking at documents, objects, and art from Maine during and around 1820, students will ask questions and draw informed conclusions about life at the time of statehood.

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Primary Sources: Healthcare History in Maine

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12 Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson plan will give students the opportunity to read and analyze letters, literature, and other primary documents and articles of material culture from the MHS collections relating to how people in Maine have given and received healthcare throughout history. Students will discuss the giving and receiving of medicines and treatments from the 18th-21st centuries, the evolving role of hospitals since the 19th century, and how the nursing profession has changed since the Civil War. Students will also look at how people and healthcare facilities in Maine have addressed epidemics in the past, such as influenza and tuberculosis, and what we can learn today from studying the history of healthcare and medicine.