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Historical Items

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Item 8853

Women's Relief Corps, Garland, 1907

Contributed by: Garland Historical Society Date: 1907 Location: Garland Media: Photographic print

Item 23259

War Relief Fundraiser, Biddeford, 1917

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: 1917 Location: Biddeford Media: Photographic print

Item 23258

Cigarette boy at War Relief fundraiser, Biddeford, 1917

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: 1917 Location: Biddeford Media: Photographic print

Exhibits

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Putting Men to Work, Saving Trees

While many Mainers were averse to accepting federal relief money during the Great Depression of the 1930s, young men eagerly joined the Civilian Conservation Corps, one of President Franklin Roosevelt's most popular programs. The Maine Forest Service supervised the work of many of the camps.

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The Sanitary Commission: Meeting Needs of Soldiers, Families

The Sanitary Commission, formed soon after the Civil War began in the spring of 1861, dealt with the health, relief needs, and morale of soldiers and their families. The Maine Agency helped families and soldiers with everything from furloughs to getting new socks.

Exhibit

Sarah Sampson: Caring for Soldiers, Orphans

Sarah Sampson of Bath went to war with her husband, a captain in the 3rd Maine Regiment. With no formal training, she spent the next four and a half years providing nursing and other services to soldiers. Even after her husband became ill and returned to Maine, Sampson remained in the Washington, D.C., area aiding the sick and wounded.

Site Pages

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Cumberland & North Yarmouth - Maine's Pauper Laws and the Cumberland Overseers of the Poor

Relief for non-residents usually resulted in the Overseers requesting reimbursement from the municipality where the person needing relief held legal…

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Strong, a Mussul Unsquit village - Groups, Clubs & Organizations - Page 2 of 3

Veterans provided a local relief fund for needy veterans, widows, and orphans. Money could be used for medical, burial and housing expenses, and for…

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - VII. Flow and ebb: the effects of industrial peak & global upheaval (1900-1955) - Page 3 of 3

… In Biddeford, like the rest of urban Maine, the relief of growing ethnic and cultural tensions finally came about at the onset of World War II and…

My Maine Stories

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Story

My father, Earle Ahlquist, served during World War II
by Earlene Chadbourne

Earle Ahlquist used his Maine common sense during his Marine service and to survive Iwo Jima