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Historical Items

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Item 23781

Hannah Pierce on politics, 1833

Contributed by: Pierce Family Collection through Maine Historical Society Date: 1833 Location: Baldwin Media: Ink on paper

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Item 102207

William Moody to William King regarding issues surrounding new statehood, Saco, 1820

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1820-04-13 Location: Saco Media: Ink on paper

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Item 15556

Cartoon about 1926 politics

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1926 Media: Ink on paper

Tax Records

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Item 65229

73-75 Newbury Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: David Finkelman Use: Apartments

Architecture & Landscape

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Item 109427

Additions and Alterations at Aroostook County Courthouse, Houlton, 1927-1944

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1927–1944 Location: Houlton Client: Aroostook County Architect: Harry S. Coombs; Coombs and Harriman

Item 109921

Somerset County Courthouse, Skowhegan, 1928

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1928 Location: Skowhegan Client: Somerset County Architect: Harry S. Coombs

Item 110224

Cumberland County Courthouse & Jail, Portland, 1970-1987

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1970–1987 Location: Portland Client: Cumberland County Architect: Wadsworth, Boston, Dimick, Mercer & Weatherill

Online Exhibits

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Margaret Chase Smith: A Historic Candidacy

When she announced her candidacy for President in January 1964, three-term Republican Senator Margaret Chase Smith became the first woman to seek the nomination of one of the two major political parties.


Fashion for the People: Maine's Graphic Tees

From their humble beginnings as undergarments to today’s fashion runways, t-shirts have evolved into universally worn wardrobe staples. Named because the silhouette resembles the capital letter "T," the t-shirt—also called a "tee"—is usually a short-sleeved, collarless shirt made of cotton. Original graphic t-shirts, graphic t-shirt quilts, and photographs trace the 102-year history of the garment, demonstrating how, through the act of wearing graphic tees, people own a part of history relating to politics, social justice, economics, and commemorative events in Maine.


John Hancock's Relation to Maine

The president of the Continental Congress and the Declaration's most notable signatory, John Hancock, has ties to Maine through politics, and commercial businesses, substantial property, vacations, and family.

Site Pages

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Grant-Wilson political rally, Augusta Depot, 1872

Grant-Wilson political rally, Augusta Depot, 1872 Contributed by Maine Historical Society and Maine State Museum Description Bands and…

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Maine's Road to Statehood - The Missouri Compromise: A Moral Dilemma

… however, had little impact on the closed-door politics in Washington in 1820. Despite an initial pushback by leading abolitionists and organizers…

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Maine's Road to Statehood - Overview: Road to Statehood

Despite having some political voice, a growing faction of the District's populace felt unrepresented and burdened by the distant government in Boston.

My Maine Stories

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Creating the Purr-Sist button
by Ellen Crocker

Motivated by the Women's March and Sen. Warren, I created these buttons


I was a regional volunteer coordinator for the Women’s March
by Erica McNally

Erica McNally's experiences in Washington at the Women's March, 2017


Participating in the 2017 Women’s March on Washington
by Sarah Gaba

Participating in the Women's March in Washington, D.C., 2017

Lesson Plans

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Becoming Maine: The Votes for Statehood

Grade Level: 3-5 Content Area: Social Studies
Maine became a state in 1820 after separating from Massachusetts, but the call for statehood had begun long before the final vote. Why did it take so long? Was 1820 the right time? In this lesson, students will begin to place where Maine’s statehood fits into the broader narrative of 18th and 19th century American political history. They will have the opportunity to cast their own Missouri Compromise vote after learning about Maine’s long road to statehood.

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Maine Statehood

Grade Level: 9-12 Content Area: Social Studies
Maine's quest for statehood began in the years immediately following the American Revolution. Though the state of Massachusetts consented to the separation in 1819 and Maine would ultimately achieve statehood in 1820, Maine’s split from Massachusetts was not without controversy and was not universally supported by people living in Maine. Using primary sources, students will explore the arguments for and against Maine statehood. Students will gather evidence and arguments to debate the statement: It is in the best interests of the people of Maine for Maine to become its own state.

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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.