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Historical Items

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Item 12576

Student strike, Colby College, 1970

Contributed by: Colby College Special Collections Date: circa 1970 Location: Waterville Media: Photographic print

Item 105847

Women's Suffrage march in Market Square, Houlton, ca. 1912

Courtesy of Henry Gartley, an individual partner Date: circa 1912 Location: Houlton Media: Photographic print

Item 11046

State employees protest, 1981

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1981-05-02 Location: Augusta Media: Photographic print

Online Exhibits

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Throughout the history of the state, residents have protested, on paper or in the streets, to increase rights for various groups, to effect social change, to prevent social change, or to let their feelings be known about important issues.


The Nativist Klan

In Maine, like many other states, a newly formed Ku Klux Klan organization began recruiting members in the years just before the United States entered World War I. A message of patriotism and cautions about immigrants and non-Protestants drew many thousands of members into the secret organization in the early 1920s. By the end of the decade, the group was largely gone from Maine.


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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Blue Hill, Maine - Discover the Story of Blue Hill - Page 1 of 4

… Harvard College, for a church and for a learned protestant minister and his family. The journals of the first settled minister, Jonathan Fisher…

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Blue Hill, Maine - Project Sources

Dodge to Captain Treworgy, the protest (insurance claim) of the /Ocean Ranger/ and the bills of laden and Charty Party for the/ Lemuel Peters/ are…

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Mercy Hospital - Sisters of Mercy

(In British-ruled Ireland at the time, Protestants dominated the upper classes and monopolized virtually all of the land.) Mary Catherine McAuley…

My Maine Stories

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Black Lives Matter Protest Portland, Maine
by Joanne Arnold

Documenting the signage at Portland Police Station following the BLM Protests of June 2020


Being an NP during social unrest
by Jacqueline P. Fournier

A snapshot of Mainers in a medical crisis of the time/Human experience in Maine.


Creating the Purr-Sist button
by Ellen Crocker

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