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Item 53019

Violin pupils, Fairfield, 1918

Contributed by: L.C. Bates Museum / Good Will-Hinckley Homes Date: 1918 Location: Fairfield Media: Photographic print

Item 35276

Pupils and teachers of Spruce Street School, Biddeford, 1886

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: 1886 Location: Biddeford Media: Photographic print

Item 34450

Scottow's Hill One Room School Students, ca. 1920

Contributed by: Scarborough Historical Society & Museum Date: circa 1920 Location: Scarborough Media: Photographic print

Online Exhibits

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Back to School

Public education has been a part of Maine since Euro-American settlement began to stabilize in the early eighteenth century. But not until the end of the nineteenth century was public education really compulsory in Maine.


Horace W. Shaylor: Portland Penman

Horace W. Shaylor, a native of Ohio, settled in Portland and turned his focus to handwriting, developing several unique books of handwriting instruction. He also was a talented artist.


Westbrook Seminary: Educating Women

Westbrook Seminary, built on Stevens Plain in 1831, was founded to educate young men and young women. Seminaries traditionally were a form of advanced secondary education. Westbrook Seminary served an important function in admitting women students, for whom education was less available in the early and mid nineteenth century.

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Islesboro--An Island in Penobscot Bay - Schools

… in 1864 and had the second largest number of pupils. It was called the Ryder School located across from Durkee’s Store, later moved to become part…

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Surry by the Bay - Surry Village School

By the 1920s a water cooler with a spigot assured the school remained modern and pupils fashioned water cups out of half sheets of arithmetic paper.

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Historic Hallowell - Maine Industrial School for Girls

The school opened for the reception of pupils January 20, 1875. Thirty-two were received during that year, two were placed outside the institution…