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Historical Items

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Item 1492

Washington County votes on separation from Massachusetts, 1816

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1816 Media: Ink on paper

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Orchard Cook on his frustration with Maine's separation movement, Washington DC, 1806

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1806-07-27 Location: Washington; Boston Media: Ink on paper

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Item 1450

Letter from the Friends of Separation in York County, 1816

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1816-07-20 Media: Paper

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Exhibits

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State of Mind: Becoming Maine

The history of the region now known as Maine did not begin at statehood in 1820. What was Maine before it was a state? How did Maine separate from Massachusetts? How has the Maine we experience today been shaped by thousands of years of history?

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A Town Is Born: South Bristol, 1915

After being part of the town of Bristol for nearly 150 years, residents of South Bristol determined that their interests would be better served by becoming a separate town and they broke away from the large community of Bristol.

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Atherton Furniture

LeBaron Atherton's furniture empire consisted of ten stores, four of which were in Maine. The photos are reminiscent of a different era in retailing.

Site Pages

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Maine's Road to Statehood - The American Revolution and Early Attempts at Separation - Page 1 of 2

… article submitted by “A Farmer” regarding the separation of the District of Maine from Massachusetts.[4] Separation was not a new proposition…

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Maine's Road to Statehood - The American Revolution and Early Attempts at Separation - Page 2 of 2

Accordingly, leaders of the separation movement decided against sending the petition to the General Court before their January 1787 meeting.[8] Other…

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Maine's Road to Statehood - 1790s: A Growing Movement

Inland towns and communities favored separation, while those on the coast opposed it. This, of course, was due to the Coasting Law, which would…

My Maine Stories

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My Africa Book and living in Portland
by Titi de Baccarat

My art is about being an immigrant in the US, my pain, fear, uncertainty, and hope for my future

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August 12, 1967 was the most significant day of my life
by Bob Small

How the Vietnam war affected my life

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Welcome home Sgt. Cunningham
by Donald C Cunningham

It was great to be back in Maine.

Lesson Plans

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Becoming Maine: The Votes for Statehood

Grade Level: 3-5 Content Area: Social Studies
Maine became a state in 1820 after separating from Massachusetts, but the call for statehood had begun long before the final vote. Why did it take so long? Was 1820 the right time? In this lesson, students will begin to place where Maine’s statehood fits into the broader narrative of 18th and 19th century American political history. They will have the opportunity to cast their own Missouri Compromise vote after learning about Maine’s long road to statehood.

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Primary Sources: Daily Life in 1820

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12 Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson plan will give students the opportunity to explore and analyze primary source documents from the years before, during, and immediately after Maine became the 23rd state in the Union. Through close looking at documents, objects, and art from Maine during and around 1820, students will ask questions and draw informed conclusions about life at the time of statehood.

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Maine Statehood

Grade Level: 9-12 Content Area: Social Studies
Maine's quest for statehood began in the years immediately following the American Revolution. Though the state of Massachusetts consented to the separation in 1819 and Maine would ultimately achieve statehood in 1820, Maine’s split from Massachusetts was not without controversy and was not universally supported by people living in Maine. Using primary sources, students will explore the arguments for and against Maine statehood. Students will gather evidence and arguments to debate the statement: It is in the best interests of the people of Maine for Maine to become its own state.