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Historical Items

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Item 14660

Maine State House, Portland, 1820

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society and Maine State Museum Date: 1820 Location: Portland Media: Watercolor

Item 68454

Theater ticket, Farmington State Normal School, 1928

Contributed by: Mantor Library at UMF Date: 1928-11-24 Location: Farmington Media: Ink on paper

Item 72835

Pyramid of Pals, Farmington State Normal School, ca. 1929

Contributed by: Mantor Library at UMF Date: circa 1929 Location: Farmington Media: Photographic print

Tax Records

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Item 75696

71 State Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Delia G. State Use: Dwelling - Single family

Item 75748

163-165 State Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: State Street Congregational Church Use: Dwelling - Single Family & Bakery

Item 75745

Assessor's Record, 155-163 State Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: State Street Congregational Church Use: Church


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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?


The Shape of Maine

The boundaries of Maine are the product of international conflict, economic competition, political fights, and contested development. The boundaries are expressions of human values; people determined the shape of Maine.


The British capture and occupation of Eastport 1814-1818

The War of 1812 ended in December 1814, but Eastport continued to be under British control for another four years. Eastport was the last American territory occupied by the British from the War of 1812 to be returned to the United States. Except for the brief capture of two Aleutian Islands in Alaska by the Japanese in World War II, it was the last time since 2018 that United States soil was occupied by a foreign government.

Site Pages

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Early Maine Photography - War - Page 2 of 2

Private Gammon served in the 39th Massachusetts before transferring to the 12th Massachusetts on June 25, 1864. In August of that year, he was…

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Early Maine Photography - Famous People - Page 2 of 3

He held the rank of major general in the state militia during the War of 1812. The hardships experienced by Maine during the war prompted King to…

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Early Maine Photography - Landscape Photography - Page 1 of 2

… landmark church appears in an ambrotype of the stately Federal style Unitarian-Universalist Church of 1831-32 in Castine. George W.

My Maine Stories

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Baxter State Park and Burton W. Howe
by Jason Howe

Formation of Baxter State Park and the involvement of Burton W. Howe of Patten


30 years of business in Maine
by Raj & Bina Sharma

30 years of business, raising a family, & showcasing our culture in Maine


Reverend Thomas Smith of First Parish Portland
by Kristina Minister, Ph.D.

Pastor, Physician, Real Estate Speculator, and Agent for Wabanaki Genocide

Lesson Plans

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride Companion Curriculum

Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8 Content Area: Social Studies
These lesson plans were developed by Maine Historical Society for the Seashore Trolley Museum as a companion curriculum for the historical fiction YA novel "Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride" by Jean. M. Flahive (2019). The novel tells the story of Millie Thayer, a young girl who dreams of leaving the family farm, working in the city, and fighting for women's suffrage. Millie's life begins to change when a "flying carpet" shows up in the form of an electric trolley that cuts across her farm and when a fortune-teller predicts that Millie's path will cross that of someone famous. Suddenly, Millie finds herself caught up in events that shake the nation, Maine, and her family. The lesson plans in this companion curriculum explore a variety of topics including the history of the trolley use in early 20th century Maine, farm and rural life at the turn of the century, the story of Theodore Roosevelt and his relationship with Maine, WWI, and the flu pandemic of 1918-1920.

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Becoming Maine: The District of Maine's Coastal Economy

Grade Level: 3-5 Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson plan will introduce students to the maritime economy of Maine prior to statehood and to the Coasting Law that impacted the separation debate. Students will examine primary documents, take part in an activity that will put the Coasting Law in the context of late 18th century – early 19th century New England, and learn about how the Embargo Act of 1807 affected Maine in the decades leading to statehood.

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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.