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Historical Items

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Item 104322

U.S. Government Department of Agriculture food chart, 1943

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1943 Media: Lithograph

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Item 6664

State House, Augusta, 1880

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1880 Location: Augusta Media: Ink on paper

Item 101558

The Constitution of the State of Maine and that of the United States, Portland, 1825

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1825 Location: Portland Media: Ink on paper

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Tax Records

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Item 53805

Assessor's Record, 314 Fore Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: United States Government Use: Custom House

Item 63258

Assessor's Record, 65-79 Exchange Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: United States Government Use: Post Office

Architecture & Landscape

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Item 110158

Rebuilding Armory State Military Defense Commision, Portland, 1946-1947

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1946–1947 Location: Portland Client: United States Government Architect: John Howard Stevens John Calvin Stevens II Architects

Item 110193

Passamaquoddy Bay Tidal Power Development permanent buildings, Eastport, 1935

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1935 Location: Eastport Client: United States Government Architect: John Calvin Stevens John Howard Stevens Architects

Item 110191

Passamaquoddy Bay Tidal Power Development temporary buildings, Eastport, 1935

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1935 Location: Eastport Client: United States Government Architect: John Calvin Stevens John Howard Stevens Architects

Online 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?

Exhibit

Civil Defense: Fear and Safety

In the 1950s and the 1960s, Maine's Civil Defense effort focused on preparedness for hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters and a more global concern, nuclear war. Civil Defense materials urged awareness, along with measures like storing food and other staple items and preparing underground or other shelters.

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William King

Maine's first governor, William King, was arguably the most influential figure in Maine's achieving statehood in 1820. Although he served just one year as the Governor of Maine, he was instrumental in establishing the new state's constitution and setting up its governmental infrastructure.

Site Pages

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Site Page

Maine State Archives

View collections, facts, and contact information for this Contributing Partner.

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Maine's Road to Statehood - Turn of the Century to the War of 1812

… with Britain, it was a burden to the national government and potentially hazardous to attempt a separation.

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Maine's Road to Statehood - Overview: Road to Statehood

… felt unrepresented and burdened by the distant government in Boston. As whispers of separation became louder in the late 1700s, various political…

My Maine Stories

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Story

Thoughts of Freedom
by Raymond

Painting my thoughts and loves while incarcerated at Maine State Prison

Story

Bob Hodge:A rocky road to become Biddeford school superintendent
by Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center

The son of immigrants, Bob's hard work and determination leads to a life of community service.

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Redlining and the Jewish Communities in Maine
by David Freidenreich

Federal and state policies created unfair housing practices against immigrants, like redlining.

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Maine Governors

Grade Level: Postsecondary Content Area: Social Studies
Students will learn about the people who have occupied the office of Governor and how the Office of Governor operates. The students will understand the different hats and relationships that the Governor has.

Lesson Plan

Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Maine Statehood and the Missouri Compromise

Grade Level: 9-12 Content Area: Social Studies
Using primary sources, students will explore the arguments for and against Maine statehood and the Missouri Compromise, and the far-reaching implications of Maine statehood and the Missouri Compromise such as the preservation and spread of slavery in the United States. Students will gather evidence and arguments to debate the statement: The Missouri Compromise was deeply flawed and ultimately did more harm to the Union than good.

Lesson Plan

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.