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Historical Items

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Item 105961

Letter during influenza pandemic to Annie Cromwell Blake from daughter Alice, Jonesport, 1919

Contributed by: An individual through Westport Island History Committee Date: 1919-01-09 Location: Westport Island; Jonesport; Kelley Point; Beals Island Media: Ink on paper

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Item 105831

Teddy bear in pandemic mask, Brunswick, 2020

Courtesy of Tilly Laskey, an individual partner Date: 2020-04-24 Location: Brunswick Media: Digital image

Item 105840

Harpswell Community School pandemic message, 2020

Courtesy of Tilly Laskey, an individual partner Date: 2020-04-25 Location: Harpswell Media: Digital image

Exhibits

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Begin Again: reckoning with intolerance in Maine

BEGIN AGAIN explores Maine's historic role, going back 528 years, in crisis that brought about the pandemic, social and economic inequities, and the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020.

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Doing Good: Medical Stories of Maine

Throughout Maine’s history, individuals have worked to improve and expand medical care, not only for the health of those living in Maine, but for many around the world who need care and help.

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World War I and the Maine Experience

With a long history of patriotism and service, Maine experienced the war in a truly distinct way. Its individual experiences tell the story of not only what it means to be an American, but what it means to be from Maine during the war to end all wars.

Site Pages

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Mercy Hospital - 100 Years of Mercy Hospital

… greatest health crisis in the city's history, the pandemic known as the Spanish Influenza. This emergency, along with limited proper hospital…

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Mercy Hospital - The Spanish Flu

The global Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919 killed between 50 and 100 million people worldwide, far more than the 21 million killed in the much more…

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Mercy Hospital - Portland Hospitals Before Mercy

None of these facilities, however, proved sufficient to cope with the great Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919.

My Maine Stories

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Two-minute Tale of the Pandemic
by Nancy Creighton Collins

What everyday life was like during the beginning of the pandemic.

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Pandemic ruminations and the death of Rose Cleveland
by Tilly Laskey

Correlations between the 1918 and 2020 Pandemics

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Pandemic Blues
by Darlene Reardon

Covid 19 Portland poem

Lesson Plans

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride Companion Curriculum

Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8 Content Area: Social Studies
These lesson plans were developed by Maine Historical Society for the Seashore Trolley Museum as a companion curriculum for the historical fiction YA novel "Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride" by Jean. M. Flahive (2019). The novel tells the story of Millie Thayer, a young girl who dreams of leaving the family farm, working in the city, and fighting for women's suffrage. Millie's life begins to change when a "flying carpet" shows up in the form of an electric trolley that cuts across her farm and when a fortune-teller predicts that Millie's path will cross that of someone famous. Suddenly, Millie finds herself caught up in events that shake the nation, Maine, and her family. The lesson plans in this companion curriculum explore a variety of topics including the history of the trolley use in early 20th century Maine, farm and rural life at the turn of the century, the story of Theodore Roosevelt and his relationship with Maine, WWI, and the flu pandemic of 1918-1920.