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Historical Items

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Item 67007

Ice cream spoon samples, Forster Mfg. Co., Strong, 1947

Contributed by: Strong Historical Society Date: 1947 Location: Strong Media: Wood products on ink on cardboard

Item 67008

Ice cream fork samples, Forster Mfg, Co., Strong, 1947

Contributed by: Strong Historical Society Date: 1947 Location: Strong Media: Wood products on ink on cardboard

Item 9617

Ricker Classical Institute production, ca. 1926

Contributed by: Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum Date: 1926 Location: Houlton Media: Photographic print

Tax Records

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Item 74960

Factory, Thompsons Point, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: The Oxweld Railroad Service Company Use: Factory - Gas Production

Item 45780

37-41 Commercial Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Thaxter S. W. & Co. Use: Office & Storage

Item 53866

285-291 Commercial Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Richardson Wharf Company Use: Office & Storage


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How Sweet It Is

Desserts have always been a special treat. For centuries, Mainers have enjoyed something sweet as a nice conclusion to a meal or celebrate a special occasion. But many things have changed over the years: how cooks learn to make desserts, what foods and tools were available, what was important to people.


Yarmouth: Leader in Soda Pulp

Yarmouth's "Third Falls" provided the perfect location for papermaking -- and, soon, for producing soda pulp for making paper. At the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th, Yarmouth was an international leader in soda pulp production.


Blueberries to Potatoes: Farming in Maine

Not part of the American "farm belt," Maine nonetheless has been known over the years for a few agricultural items, especially blueberries, sweet corn, potatoes, apples, chickens and dairy products.

Site Pages

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Strong, a Mussul Unsquit village - Wood Products of Strong

… birch wood was the most suitable material for the product, as well as the production. For a time birch pulp wood was shipped from Maine to him in…

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Historic Hallowell - Natural Resource to Finished Product

Natural Resource to Finished Product Hallowell Granite Works stone yard, Hallowell, ca. 1895Item Contributed byHubbard Free Library A site…

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Strong, a Mussul Unsquit village - Forsters

… This mustard paddle sample card was one prepared depicting products made for the 50th anniversary of the Forster Manufacturing Co. in Strong.

My Maine Stories

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My 40 years in Forestry and the Paper Industry in Maine
by Donna Cassese

I was the first female forester hired by Scott Paper and continue to find new uses for wood.


Mosher family history and my career at S.D. Warren
by Abbott Mosher

My family settled the Westbrook region and I am a 4th generation paper maker at S.D. Warren.


My career as a chemical engineer for S.D. Warren Paper Company
by Charles Dodge

I worked in S.D. Warren's laboratory, and developed paper coatings, like Ultracast technology

Lesson Plans

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Longfellow Studies: Celebrity's Picture - Using Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Portraits to Observe Historic Changes

Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 Content Area: Social Studies, Visual & Performing Arts
"In the four quarters of the globe, who reads an American book?" Englishman Sydney Smith's 1820 sneer irked Americans, especially writers such as Irving, Cooper, Hawthorne, and Maine's John Neal, until Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's resounding popularity successfully rebuffed the question. The Bowdoin educated Portland native became the America's first superstar poet, paradoxically loved especially in Britain, even memorialized at Westminster Abbey. He achieved international celebrity with about forty books or translations to his credit between 1830 and 1884, and, like superstars today, his public craved pictures of him. His publishers consequently commissioned Longfellow's portrait more often than his family, and he sat for dozens of original paintings, drawings, and photos during his lifetime, as well as sculptures. Engravers and lithographers printed replicas of the originals as book frontispiece, as illustrations for magazine or newspaper articles, and as post cards or "cabinet" cards handed out to admirers, often autographed. After the poet's death, illustrators continued commercial production of his image for new editions of his writings and coloring books or games such as "Authors," and sculptors commemorated him with busts in Longfellow Schools or full-length figures in town squares. On the simple basis of quantity, the number of reproductions of the Maine native's image arguably marks him as the country's best-known nineteenth century writer. TEACHERS can use this presentation to discuss these themes in art, history, English, or humanities classes, or to lead into the following LESSON PLANS. The plans aim for any 9-12 high school studio art class, but they can also be used in any humanities course, such as literature or history. They can be adapted readily for grades 3-8 as well by modifying instructional language, evaluation rubrics, and targeted Maine Learning Results and by selecting materials for appropriate age level.