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Historical Items

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Item 13744

Illustrated verse, Limington, ca. 1820

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1820 Media: ink and watercolor

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Item 67535

Book Cover, "Songs From The Woods Of Maine," by Julia H. May, 1894

Contributed by: Mr. & Mrs. Roger Lambert through Strong Historical Society Date: 1894 Location: Strong; Farmington Media: Ink on paper

Item 11619

Poem 'The Saga of King Olaf' illustration, ca. 1880

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1880 Media: Ink on paper

Exhibits

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Liberty Threatened: Maine in 1775

At Lexington and Concord, on April 19, 1775, British troops attempted to destroy munitions stored by American colonists. The battles were the opening salvos of the American Revolution. Shortly, the conflict would erupt in Maine.

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Longfellow: The Man Who Invented America

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was a man and a poet of New England conscience. He was influenced by his ancestry and his Portland boyhood home and experience.

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Patriotism Shared

Post office clerks began collecting strong red, white, and blue string, rolling it onto a ball and passing it on to the next post office to express their support for the Union effort in the Civil War. Accompanying the ball was this paper scroll on which the clerks wrote messages and sometimes drew images.

Site Pages

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Site Page

Historic Hallowell - Blizzard Poems

Blizzard Poems Blizzard 1952 dangerous outcomes galore overwhelming white Snow unexpected depth 28 inches of white unforgettable Surprise disaster…

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Historic Hallowell - Cyclone Poems

Cyclone Poems Cyclones In 1895 only happened once here in this city Storms The rains are bad but the wind is always the worst umbrellas fall…

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Historic Hallowell - Train Wreck Poem

Train Wreck Poem On the tenth of November, 1937 There was a young man named Kevin All at once with a groan Three train cars jumped alone Two cars…

My Maine Stories

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Story

The New Normal
by Darlene Reardon

COVID-19 Poem

Story

A poem about my experiences in Vietnam
by Doug Rawlings

A poem about my experiences in Vietnam

Story

Ode To Wuhan
by Darlene Reardon

COVID-19 poem

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

Longfellow Studies: The Village Blacksmith - The Reality of a Poem

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12 Content Area: English Language Arts, Social Studies
"The Village Blacksmith" was a much celebrated poem. Written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the poem appeared to celebrate the work ethic and mannerisms of a working man, the icon of every rural community, the Blacksmith. However, what was the poem really saying?

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Longfellow Studies: Integration of Longfellow's Poetry into American Studies

Grade Level: 9-12 Content Area: English Language Arts, Social Studies
We explored Longfellow's ability to express universality of human emotions/experiences while also looking at the patterns he articulated in history that are applicable well beyond his era. We attempted to link a number of Longfellow's poems with different eras in U.S. History and accompanying literature, so that the poems complemented the various units. With each poem, we want to explore the question: What is American identity?

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Maine's Acadian Community: "Evangeline," Le Grand Dérangement, and Cultural Survival

Grade Level: 9-12 Content Area: English Language Arts, Social Studies
This lesson plan will introduce students to the history of the forced expulsion of thousands of people from Acadia, the Romantic look back at the tragedy in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's famous epic poem Evangeline and the heroine's adoption as an Acadian cultural figure, and Maine's Acadian community today, along with their relations with Acadian New Brunswick and Nova Scotia residents and others in the Acadian Diaspora. Students will read and discuss primary documents, compare and contrast Le Grand Dérangement to other forced expulsions in Maine history and discuss the significance of cultural survival amidst hardships brought on by treaties, wars, and legislation.