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Item 13109

Cochranism delineated or, A description of, and specific for a religious hydrophobia, 1819

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1819 Location: Portland Media: Ink on paper

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Item 15081

1908 Locomobile

Contributed by: Seal Cove Auto Museum Date: 1908 Location: Seal Cove Media: Metal and Rubber

Item 15128

1913 Peugeot

Contributed by: Seal Cove Auto Museum Date: 1913 Location: Seal Cove Media: Metal and Rubber

Architecture & Landscape

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Item 110170

Sears Roebuck and Company retail store, Portland, 1947-1951

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1947–1951 Location: Portland Client: Sears Roebuck and Company Architect: John Howard Stevens John Calvin Stevens II Architects

Item 110172

Sears Roebuck and Company addition to retail store, Portland, 1946-1962

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1946–1962 Location: Portland Client: Sears Roebuck and Company Architect: John Howard Stevens John Calvin Stevens II Architects

Item 110181

Fryeburg Academy extension, Fryeburg, 1919-1945

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1919–1945 Location: Fryeburg Client: Fryeburg Academy Architect: John Calvin Stevens John Howard Stevens Architects

Online Exhibits

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Carlton P. Fogg, Advocate for Vocational Education

Carlton P. Fogg (1899-1972) was passionate about vocational and technical education. While teaching at the high school level in Waterville, Fogg's lobbying and letter-writing helped create the Kennebec Valley Vocational Technical Institute in 1969.


How Sweet It Is

Desserts have always been a special treat. For centuries, Mainers have enjoyed something sweet as a nice conclusion to a meal or celebrate a special occasion. But many things have changed over the years: how cooks learn to make desserts, what foods and tools were available, what was important to people.


Aroostook County Railroads

Construction of the Bangor and Aroostook rail lines into northern Aroostook County in the early twentieth century opened the region to tourism and commerce from the south.

Site Pages

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Historic Clothing Collection - Active & Casual Wear

… by the general populace increasingly required specific, activity related garments. This assortment is a representation of the types of casual or…

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Scarborough: They Called It Owascoag - Explore the Exhibits

… "Educator Resources" link to lesson plans created specifically for each exhibit. Transportation Through the Years Click to see exhibit…

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Plan of North End of Bangor, 1844

Since this map has a specific date, he may have recopied into the journal from earlier notes. He provided details about each building and feature…

My Maine Stories

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Peter Spanos fled the genocide in Turkey to Maine
by anonymous

Peter Spanos fled the Greek genocide in Smyrna in 1922, coming to Maine to work as a fruit peddler


A first encounter with Bath and its wonderful history
by John Decker

Visiting the Maine Maritime Museum as part of a conference


An Asian American Account
by Zabrina

An account from a Chinese American teen during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lesson Plans

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Maine's Beneficial Bugs: Insect Sculpture Upcycle/ Recycle S.T.E.A.M Challenge

Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8 Content Area: Science & Engineering, Visual & Performing Arts
In honor of Earth Day (or any day), Students use recycled, reused, and upcycled materials to create a sculpture of a beneficial insect that lives in the state of Maine. Students use the Engineer Design Process to develop their ideas. Students use the elements and principles to analyze their prototypes and utilize interpersonal skills during peer feedback protocol to accept and give constructive feedback.

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Longfellow Studies: "The Jewish Cemetery at Newport"

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12 Content Area: English Language Arts, Social Studies
Longfellow's poem "The Jewish Cemetery at Newport" opens up the issue of the earliest history of the Jews in America, and the significant roles they played as businessmen and later benefactors to the greater community. The history of the building itself is notable in terms of early American architecture, its having been designed, apparently gratis, by the most noted architect of the day. Furthermore, the poem traces the history of Newport as kind of a microcosm of New England commercial cities before the industrialization boom. For almost any age student the poem could be used to open up interest in local cemeteries, which are almost always a wealth of curiousities and history. Longfellow and his friends enjoyed exploring cemeteries, and today our little local cemeteries can be used to teach little local histories and parts of the big picture as well. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow visited the Jewish cemetery in Newport, RI on July 9, 1852. His popular poem about the site, published two years later, was certainly a sympathetic portrayal of the place and its people. In addition to Victorian romantic musings about the "Hebrews in their graves," Longfellow includes in this poem references to the historic persecution of the Jews, as well as very specific references to their religious practices. Since the cemetery and the nearby synagogue were restored and protected with an infusion of funding just a couple years after Longfellow's visit, and later a congregation again assembled, his gloomy predictions about the place proved false (never mind the conclusion of the poem, "And the dead nations never rise again!"). Nevertheless, it is a fascinating poem, and an interesting window into the history of the nation's oldest extant synagogue.