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Historical Items

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Item 78881

Slate Splitter, Barnard, 1951

Contributed by: Monson Historical Society Date: 1951-09-14 Location: Barnard Media: Photographic print

Item 78772

Slate Quarry workers in front of mill, Monson, ca. 1890

Contributed by: Monson Historical Society Date: circa 1890 Location: Monson Media: Photographic print

Item 78775

Visitors at the Monson Slate Works Quarry, ca. 1880

Contributed by: Monson Historical Society Date: circa 1880 Location: Monson Media: Photographic print

Online Exhibits

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Extracting Wealth

Maine's natural resources -- granite, limestone and slate in particular -- along with its excellent ports made it a leader in mining and production of the valuable building materials. Stone work also attracted numerous skilled immigrants.


Laboring in Maine

Workers in Maine have labored in factories, on farms, in the woods, on the water, among other locales. Many of Maine's occupations have been determined by the state's climate and geographical features.


We Used to be "Normal": A History of F.S.N.S.

Farmington's Normal School -- a teacher-training facility -- opened in 1863 and, over the decades, offered academic programs that included such unique features as domestic and child-care training, and extra-curricular activities from athletics to music and theater.

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - The Civil War/Reconstruction Era as Experienced in Biddeford & Saco - Page 4 of 17

Biddeford’s granite and slate cutting was a crucial part of their economy and even helped support the build of the Western Railroad in 1872.

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Historic Hallowell - Industry at the Mouth of the Vaughan Stream

The slate was made of clay or volcanic ash. Slate, a rock formed from shale and mined by quarrying, had low heat and not very much pressure put on it.

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Guilford, Maine - BUILDINGS - Page 4 of 5

Slate was used a lot because of the slate quarry in Monson. In the early 1900s indoor plumbing and electricity where used in new construction.