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Historical Items

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Item 21818

Massachusetts Hall, Bowdoin College, Brunswick

Contributed by: Pejepscot History Center Date: circa 1880 Location: Brunswick Media: Stereopticon slide

Item 101444

Eastern lands broadside, ca. 1820

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1820 Media: Ink on paper

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Item 76582

Fire muster stream platform, Gardner, Massachusetts, 1950

Contributed by: Town of Topsham Date: 1950-09-02 Location: Gardner Media: Photographic print

Tax Records

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Item 62377

18 Massachusetts Avenue, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: George Ervin Densmore Use: Barn

Item 62394

144 Massachusetts Avenue, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Beecher T. Lane Use: Bungalow

Item 62368

6 Massachusetts Avenue, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Michael J. Green Use: Dwelling - Three Family

Exhibits

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State of Mind: Becoming Maine

The history of the region now known as Maine did not begin at statehood in 1820. What was Maine before it was a state? How did Maine separate from Massachusetts? How has the Maine we experience today been shaped by thousands of years of history?

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The Devil and the Wilderness

Anglo-Americans in northern New England sometimes interpreted their own anxieties about the Wilderness, their faith, and their conflicts with Native Americans as signs that the Devil and his handmaidens, witches, were active in their midst.

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Drawing Together: Art of the Longfellows

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is best know as a poet, but he also was accomplished in drawing and music. He shared his love of drawing with most of his siblings. They all shared the frequent activity of drawing and painting with their children. The extended family included many professional as well as amateur artists, and several architects.

Site Pages

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National Archives at Boston

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Boston Public Library

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Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters

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My Maine Stories

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It was like a family in the mill
by Arnold R. Couture

I saw a lot of changes at the International Paper Otis Mill during my 26 years as an electrician

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Julia Winters and Life in Lewiston/Auburn, Maine
by Judy Zaccagnini Flynn, granddaughter

6 year old sent to Maine foster home when her parents were unable to care for her

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Surprise Preacher in Corinna
by Sarah Mount Elewononi

What the wife of Rev. Wright did when she found out she was expected to preach on short notice.

Lesson Plans

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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

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.