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Historical Items

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Item 80998

Native American Parade Float, Princeton, 1932

Contributed by: Princeton Public Library Date: 1932-07-05 Location: Princeton Media: Photographic print

Item 6657

Wabanaki trade brooch, ca. 1780

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1780 Location: Old Town Media: Silver alloy

Item 48246

Wabanaki man, Hallowell, ca. 1865

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1865 Media: Tintype

Exhibits

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Indians, Furs, and Economics

When Europeans arrived in North America and disrupted traditional Native American patterns of life, they also offered other opportunities: trade goods for furs. The fur trade had mixed results for the Wabanaki.

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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.

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Fashionable Maine: early twentieth century clothing

Maine residents kept pace with the dramatic shift in women’s dress that occurred during the short number of years preceding and immediately following World War I. The long restrictive skirts, stiff collars, body molding corsets and formal behavior of earlier decades quickly faded away and the new straight, dropped waist easy-to-wear clothing gave mobility and freedom of movement in tune with the young independent women of the casual, post-war jazz age generation.

Site Pages

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Early Performance

Poster for Frank "Big Thunder" Loring, 1884Item Contributed byNortheast Harbor Library These native performances and tours were wildly popular with…

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John Martin: Expert Observer - John Martin, Bangor, ca. 1868

… Description John Martin (1823-1904), a native of Ellsworth, spent most of his life in the Bangor area.

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Early Maine Photography - Portland Photographers

… made a daguerreotype of Augustus Fox, a dapperly dressed young Portland barrel maker. In 1850 Ormsbee sold his business to his longtime assistant…

My Maine Stories

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Decontie and Brown's venture in high fashion design
by Decontie and Brown

Penobscot haute couture designs from Bangor

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Wabanaki Fashion
by Decontie & Brown

Keeping the spirit and memories of our ancestors alive through fashion and creativity

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Langdon Burton and the Cold, Wet Tourists
by Phil Tedrick

A father and son have their vacation experience totally changed by an encounter with a fisherman