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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 101558

The Constitution of the State of Maine and that of the United States, Portland, 1825

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1825 Location: Portland 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

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 110255

Waterville Federal Building and Post Office, Waterville, 1974-1975

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1974–1975 Location: Waterville Client: City of Waterville Architect: Eaton W. Tarbell

Item 110257

Waterville Federal Building and Post Office, Waterville, 1971-1974

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1971–1974 Location: Waterville Client: City of Waterville Architect: Eaton W. Tarbell

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.

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Port of Portland's Custom House and Collectors of Customs

The collector of Portland was the key to federal patronage in Maine, though other ports and towns had collectors. Through the 19th century, the revenue was the major source of Federal Government income. As in Colonial times, the person appointed to head the custom House in Casco Bay was almost always a leading community figure, or a well-connected political personage.

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Slavery's Defenders and Foes

Mainers, like residents of other states, had differing views about slavery and abolition in the early to mid decades of the 19th century. Religion and economic factors were among the considerations in determining people's leanings.

Site Pages

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

John Martin (1823-1904) of Bangor illustrated the event as part of his "Scrap Book no 3" that he wrote and illustrated starting in 1876.

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

As whispers of separation became louder in the late 1700s, various political grievances began to dominate the growing debate.

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Maine's Road to Statehood - Maine in the 17th Century

… of Kittery swore their allegiance to the government of Massachusetts Bay, and by 1658, Kittery, York, Saco, Wells and Cape Porpoise (Kennebunkport)…

My Maine Stories

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Story

Cape Verde and the Doctrines of Discovery
by Lelia DeAndrade

My Cape Verde family's culture and history is tied to the Doctrines of Discovery

Story

Spiros Droggitis: From Biddeford to Washington DC and back
by Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center

A Greek family's impact: from the iconic Wonderbar Restaurant to Washington DC

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Redlining and the Jewish Communities in Maine
by David Freidenreich

Federal and state policies created unfair housing practices against immigrants, like redlining.

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

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

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 and the Missouri Compromise

Grade Level: 9-12 Content Area: Social Studies
Using primary sources, students will explore the arguments for and against Maine statehood and the Missouri Compromise, and the far-reaching implications of Maine statehood and the Missouri Compromise such as the preservation and spread of slavery in the United States. Students will gather evidence and arguments to debate the statement: The Missouri Compromise was deeply flawed and ultimately did more harm to the Union than good.