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Historical Items

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Item 10005

50th Anniversary of the Cunner Club, Cape Elizabeth, 1895

Contributed by: Maine Maritime Museum Date: 1895-08-06 Location: Cape Elizabeth Media: Ink on paper, manuscript

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Item 22383

North Yarmouth map, 1727

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1727 Location: North Yarmouth; Falmouth; Freeport Media: Ink on paper

Item 135910

Compiled manuscripts regarding boundary disputes in Passamaquoddy Bay, 1817

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1817 Location: Saint John Media: Ink on Paper

Online Exhibits

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Colonial Cartography: The Plymouth Company Maps

The Plymouth Company (1749-1816) managed one of the very early land grants in Maine along the Kennebec River. The maps from the Plymouth Company's collection of records constitute some of the earliest cartographic works of colonial America.


Horace W. Shaylor: Portland Penman

Horace W. Shaylor, a native of Ohio, settled in Portland and turned his focus to handwriting, developing several unique books of handwriting instruction. He also was a talented artist.


Northern Threads: Colonial and 19th century fur trade

A vignette in "Northern Threads: Two centuries of dress at Maine Historical Society Part 1," this fur trade mini-exhibition discusses the environmental and economic impact of the fur trade in Maine through the 19th century.

Site Pages

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Beyond Borders - Mapping Maine and the Northeast Boundary - Search the Collections

… ongoing, we are digitizing nearly 45,000 pages of manuscript material by the end of the calendar year "2022." For more information on the project…

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Beyond Borders - Mapping Maine and the Northeast Boundary - Project Partners

… Zooniverse to create full-text transcriptions of manuscript material dating between 1625-1893. Since partnering with Zooniverse in 2020, nearly…

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Beyond Borders - Mapping Maine and the Northeast Boundary - Wabanaki Agency in the Proprietor Records - Page 5 of 5

The manuscript also provides valuable information about place names and language, which Wabanaki language keepers and scholars are using today…

Lesson Plans

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Longfellow Studies: Longfellow and Dickens - The Story of a Trans-Atlantic Friendship

Grade Level: 9-12 Content Area: English Language Arts, Social Studies
What if you don't teach American Studies but you want to connect to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in meaningful ways? One important connection is Henry's friendship with Charles Dickens. There are many great resources about Dickens and if you teach his novels, you probably already know his biography and the chronology of his works. No listing for his association with Henry appears on most websites and few references will be found in texts. However, journals and diary entries and especially letters reveal a friendship that allowed their mutual respect to influence Henry's work.