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Historical Items

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Item 11350

Thumb back fancy painted arm chair, Portland, ca. 1830

Contributed by: Old York Historical Society Date: circa 1830 Location: York; St. Albans; Portland Media: Maple, ash and birch primary woods

Item 28728

Middle-class ladies painting, reading and knitting in 1887

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: 1887 Location: Biddeford Media: Photographic print

Item 16858

Persis Sibley theorem painting, 1831

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1831 Location: Hallowell Media: Watercolor on paper

Tax Records

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Item 53873

46 Cross Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Albion H. Brown Use: Paint Shop

Exhibits

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Mural mystery in Westport Island's Cornelius Tarbox, Jr. House

The Cornelius Tarbox, Jr. House, a well-preserved Greek Revival house on Westport Island, has a mystery contained within--a panoramic narrative mural. The floor-to-ceiling mural contains eight painted panels that create a colorful coastal seascape which extends through the front hallway and up the stairwell. The name of the itinerant painter has been lost over time, can you help us solve the mystery of who he or she was?

Exhibit

Art of the People: Folk Art in Maine

For many different reasons people saved and carefully preserved the objects in this exhibit. Eventually, along with the memories they hold, the objects were passed to the Maine Historical Society. Object and memory, serve as a powerful way to explore history and to connect to the lives of people in the past.

Exhibit

A City Awakes: Arts and Artisans of Early 19th Century Portland

Portland's growth from 1786 to 1860 spawned a unique social and cultural environment and fostered artistic opportunity and creative expression in a broad range of the arts, which flowered with the increasing wealth and opportunity in the city.

Site Pages

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Blue Hill, Maine - Craftsman

This vase, made by Jonathan Fisher as a decoration for the family home, is made of wood, turned on a lathe, and painted with a finish that makes it…

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Early Maine Photography - Studio Portraits

Similarly, a fireman from Skowhegan and John Chase of Unity are seated in front of folk art backdrops painted in maritime themes.

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Thomaston: The Town that Went to Sea - Architect James Overlock

… saws and circular saws, which were used to make decorative treatments in moldings, brackets, dentils, and window and balcony details.

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

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.