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Historical Items

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Item 22295

Coming of the Swedes, 40th Anniversary, 1910

Contributed by: New Sweden Historical Society Date: 1910 Location: Fort Fairfield; New Sweden Media: Photographic print

Item 20411

Coming of the Swedes Re-enactment

Contributed by: New Sweden Historical Society Date: 1920 Location: New Sweden Media: Photographic print

Item 23188

Re-enactment of Oxford County Finnish settlement

Contributed by: Western Maine Cultural Alliance Date: 1898 Location: South Paris Media: MP3

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Exhibits

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Exhibit

Le Théâtre

Lewiston, Maine's second largest city, was long looked upon by many as a mill town with grimy smoke stacks, crowded tenements, low-paying jobs, sleazy clubs and little by way of refinement, except for Bates College. Yet, a noted Québec historian, Robert Rumilly, described it as "the French Athens of New England."

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"Twenty Nationalities, But All Americans"

Concern about immigrants and their loyalty in the post World War I era led to programs to "Americanize" them -- an effort to help them learn English and otherwise adjust to life in the United States. Clara Soule ran one such program for the Portland Public Schools, hoping it would help the immigrants be accepted.

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Dressing Up, Standing Out, Fitting In

Adorning oneself to look one's "best" has varied over time, gender, economic class, and by event. Adornments suggest one's sense of identity and one's intent to stand out or fit in.