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Item 28451

Certificate of Admittance to Masonic Lodge, Bath, 1868

Contributed by: Patten Free Library Date: 1868-10-01 Location: Bath Media: Ink on paper; paper certificate with ribbon and se

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Item 1476

Improved Order of Red Men badge, Sanford, ca. 1900

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1900 Location: Sanford Media: Silk

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Item 25109

Ku Klux Klan field day, Portland, 1926

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1926-08-28 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

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Item 54642

509 Forest Avenue, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Joseph R. Rollins et als Use: Club House


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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.


Unlocking the Declaration's Secrets

Fewer than 30 copies of the first printing of the Declaration of Independence are known to exist. John Dunlap hurriedly printed copies for distribution to assemblies, conventions, committees and military officers. Authenticating authenticity of the document requires examination of numerous details of the broadside.


Drawing Together: Art of the Longfellows

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is best know as a poet, but he also was accomplished in drawing and music. He shared his love of drawing with most of his siblings. They all shared the frequent activity of drawing and painting with their children. The extended family included many professional as well as amateur artists, and several architects.

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Blue Hill, Maine - Craftsman

Craftsman Item 34813 infoJonathan Fisher Memorial, Inc. Hidden (secret) drawer in children's desk

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Blue Hill, Maine - Craftsman

Craftsman Children's Desk with secret drawer, Blue Hill, ca. 1800 Item 33902 infoJonathan Fisher Memorial, Inc.

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - Sam L. Cohen (1915-2003)

… Hebrew and Yiddish (which friends say he used to prevent classmates from overhearing “secret” conversations while in school) from his parents.