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Item 99374

Sons of Temperance certificate, Leeds, 1847

Contributed by: Leeds Historical Society Date: 1847-03-30 Location: Leeds Media: Ink (printer and pen) on paper

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Item 15764

Hampden Youth Temperance Society Constitution, 1839

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1839 Location: Hampden Media: Ink on paper

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Item 11987

Juvenile Temperance Society pledge, 1864

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1864-03-23 Location: Portland Media: Ink on paper

Tax Records

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Item 52896

148-150 Free Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Maine Woman's Christian Temperance Union Use: Rooming House

Online Exhibits

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Prohibition in Maine in the 1920s

Federal Prohibition took hold of America in 1920 with the passing of the Volstead Act that banned the sale and consumption of all alcohol in the US. However, Maine had the Temperance movement long before anyone was prohibited from taking part in one of America's most popular past times. Starting in 1851, the struggles between the "drys" and the "wets" of Maine lasted for 82 years, a period of time that was everything but dry and rife with nothing but illegal activity.

Exhibit

Presidents and Campaigns

Several Mainers have run for president or vice president, a number of presidents, past presidents, and future presidents have had ties to the state or visited here, and, during campaign season, many presidential candidates and their family members have brought their campaigns to Maine.

Exhibit

Lt. Charles A. Garcelon, 16th Maine

The son of Maine's surgeon general and nephew of a captain in the 16th Maine, Charles A. Garcelon of Lewiston served in Co. I of the 16th Maine. His letters home in the first 17 months of his service express his reflections on war and his place in it.

Site Pages

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Arvida Hayford, Bangor, ca. 1867

… Martin, a Bangor accountant and shopkeeper, temperance man, and Republican, also wrote that during temperance years, Hayford imported alcohol and…

Site Page

John Martin: Expert Observer - Intro to pages 47-90

… was held at the Hampden Town Hall, and dances at Temperance Hall and Dolan Hall in Bangor. Martin also writes profiles and provides photos of…

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Intro: pages 108-128

Martin's Republican and temperance views are clear as are the ways in which those views lead him to rail against "rum sellers," the Irish, and any…

My Maine Stories

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Story

Father Renald Labarre: the life of a Catholic priest
by Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center

A Biddeford native provides insights on his Franco-American roots and life as a Catholic priest.

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Primary Sources: Maine Women's Causes and Influence before 1920

Grade Level: 6-8 Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson plan will give students the opportunity to read and analyze letters, literature, and other primary documents and articles of material culture from the MHS collections relating to the women of Maine between the end of the Revolutionary War through the national vote for women’s suffrage in 1920. Students will discuss issues including war relief (Civil War and World War I), suffrage, abolition, and temperance, and how the women of Maine mobilized for or in some cases helped to lead these movements.

Lesson Plan

Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Building Community/Community Buildings

Grade Level: 6-8 Content Area: Social Studies
Where do people gather? What defines a community? What buildings allow people to congregate to celebrate, learn, debate, vote, and take part in all manner of community activities? Students will evaluate images and primary documents from throughout Maine’s history, and look at some of Maine’s earliest gathering spaces and organizations, and how many communities established themselves around certain types of buildings. Students will make connections between the community buildings of the past and the ways we express identity and create communities today.