From the earliest days of photography doting parents from across Maine sought to capture images of their young children. The studio photographs often reflect the families' images of themselves and their status or desired status.
French Canadians who emigrated to the Lewiston-Auburn area faced discrimination as children and adults -- such as living in "Little Canada" tenements and being ridiculed for speaking French -- but also adapted to their new lives and sustained many cultural traditions.
John P. Sheahan of Dennysville served in the 1st Maine Cavalry from August 1862 until March 1864 when he was commissioned as a lieutenant in Co. E of the 31st Maine Infantry. His letters reveal much about the life of a soldier, including political views and thoughts about the war.
They soon found out they had a lot to get used to, including the language. The first thing my parents noticed was the climate; snow, snow, snow, and…
My parents used an outhouse in Vietnam. When my mother and father were young, their houses were made of wood and had a thatched roof.
… they got over the “snow amazement” phase, my parents found an over abundance of food. In Vietnam, there was little to eat, steamed rice…