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Historical Items

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Item 98846

Kiah Sewall letter on impending marriage, Portland, 1836

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1836-05-16 Location: Portland Media: Ink on paper

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Item 13106

Noble marriage certificate, West Baldwin, 1896

Courtesy of Douglas Noble, an individual partner Date: 1896-09-22 Location: Baldwin Media: Photographic print

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Item 14463

Ware-Mailhotte marriage record, Bucksport, 1915

Contributed by: Bucksport Historical Society Date: 1915-11-27 Location: Bucksport; Orland Media: Ink on paper

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Dressing Up, Standing Out, Fitting In

Adorning oneself to look one's "best" has varied over time, gender, economic class, and by event. Adornments suggest one's sense of identity and one's intent to stand out or fit in.


A Parade, an Airplane and Two Weddings

Two couples, a parade from downtown Caribou to the airfield, and two airplane flights were the scene in 1930 when the couples each took off in a single-engine plane to tie the knot high over Aroostook County.


A Soldier's Declaration of Independence

William Bayley of Falmouth (Portland) was a soldier in the Continental Army, seeing service at Ticonderoga, Valley Forge, Monmouth Court House, and Saratoga, among other locations. His letters home to his mother reveal much about the economic hardships experienced by both soldiers and those at home.

Site Pages

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Intro: pages 278-361

… known as the Queen City of the East, and his marriage to Clara Cary. Some of the people, events, and places included are: Bangor Pest House Nath…

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Intro: pages 362-451

… Cary, bought to set up housekeeping after their marriage in 1850. He also described the house, his gardens, the birth of their first child, Ada…

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Intro: pages 0-73

… families, his mother's life in Ellsworth, her marriage to John Martin Sr., his own childhood, including his father's death; his mother's remarriage…

My Maine Stories

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The Equal Freedom to Marry
by Mary L Bonauto

Marriage Equality, Maine, and the U.S. Supreme Court


Florence Ahlquist Link's WWII service in the WAVES
by Earlene Ahlquist Chadbourne

Florence Ahlquist, age 20, was trained to repair the new aeronautical cameras by the US Navy in WWII


How Mom caught Dad
by Jane E. Woodman

How Ruth and Piney met in Wilton and started a life together

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

LGBTQ+ History in Maine

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12, Postsecondary Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson presents an overview of the history of the LGBTQ community in Maine and the U.S., including the ways in which attitudes towards the LGBTQ community have changed over time, some of the ways LGBTQ people have faced discrimination and unfair treatment, and some of the moments in Maine and U.S. history that inspired LGBTQ people and their allies to fight for equality and LGBTQ rights.