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Historical Items

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Item 23796

Constitution, Social and Humane Society, 1814

Contributed by: Pierce Family Collection through Maine Historical Society Date: 1814-01-01 Location: Paris Media: Ink on paper

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Item 102760

"Many and One" shirt, Lewiston, 2004

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 2004-01-10 Location: Lewiston Media: Cotton

Item 5539

Dorothea L. Dix, ca. 1870

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1870 Media: Photographic print


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Slavery's Defenders and Foes

Mainers, like residents of other states, had differing views about slavery and abolition in the early to mid decades of the 19th century. Religion and economic factors were among the considerations in determining people's leanings.


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.


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.

Site Pages

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Life on a Tidal River - Bangor and Social Reform Movements of the 1800s-1900s

… History of Colby College: Activism and Social Justice Since 1813 » Frederick Douglass Visits Maine.” A Peoples History of Colby College Activism…

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - Judge George Thacher (1754-1824)

… Public Library He served there as a justice until 1820, when Maine attained statehood.

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - Charles A. Shaw

… success as patent solicitor, banker, doctor, and justice of the peace. He also continued his career as theater manager, and for many years was the…

My Maine Stories

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Love is greater than peace, For peace is founded upon love
by Parivash Rohani

My journey from Iran to Maine


Pandemic ruminations and the death of Rose Cleveland
by Tilly Laskey

Correlations between the 1918 and 2020 Pandemics