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Historical Items

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Item 4170

Rebecca Usher, Hollis, ca. 1900

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1900 Location: Hollis Center Media: Photographic print

Item 16720

Walter Hustus letter concerning army training, 1943

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1943 Location: Fort Myers Media: Ink on paper

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Item 16723

Postcard from Walter Hustus to grandmother, 1943

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1943 Location: South Portland; Pyote Media: Postcard

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Online Exhibits

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Umbazooksus & Beyond

Visitors to the Maine woods in the early twentieth century often recorded their adventures in private diaries or journals and in photographs. Their remembrances of canoeing, camping, hunting and fishing helped equate Maine with wilderness.


Lt. Charles Bridges: Getting Ahead in the Army

Sgt. Charles Bridges of Co. B of the 2nd Maine Infantry was close to the end of his two years' enlistment in early 1863 when he took advantage of an opportunity for advancement by seeking and getting a commission as an officer in the 3rd Regiment U.S. Volunteers.


War Through the Eyes of a Young Sailor

Eager to deal with the "Sesech" [Secessionists], young deepwater sailor John Monroe Dillingham of Freeport enlisted in the U.S. Navy as soon as he returned from a long voyage in 1862. His letters and those of his family offer first-hand insight into how one individual viewed the war.

Site Pages

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Guilford, Maine - NARRATIVE

NARRATIVE GUILFORD River-born, Resourceful and Resilient Aerial View of Guilford Looking EastItem Contributed byGuilford Historical Society…

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Life on a Tidal River - Narrative

Narrative Head-of-Tide Text by David Bergquist, Ed.D., L.H.D. Image selection by Dana Lippitt, Curator, Bangor Historical Society; Bill Cook…

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Maine's Swedish Colony, July 23, 1870 - Narrative History: Maine Swedish Colony

Narrative History: Maine Swedish Colony New Sweden fields, ca. 1938Item Contributed byNew Sweden Historical Society Before the Swedes, there…

My Maine Stories

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Pandemic ruminations and the death of Rose Cleveland
by Tilly Laskey

Correlations between the 1918 and 2020 Pandemics

Lesson Plans

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Longfellow Studies: "The Poet's Tale - The Birds of Killingworth"

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12 Content Area: English Language Arts, Science & Engineering, Social Studies
This poem is one of the numerous tales in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Tales of the Wayside Inn. The collection was published in three parts between 1863 and 1873. This series of long narrative poems were written by Longfellow during the most difficult personal time of his life. While mourning the tragic death of his second wife (Fanny Appleton Longfellow) he produced this ambitious undertaking. During this same period he translated Dante's Inferno from Italian to English. "The Poet's Tale" is a humorous poem with a strong environmental message which reflects Longfellow's Unitarian outlook on life.