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Historical Items

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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

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.

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Protests

Throughout the history of the state, residents have protested, on paper or in the streets, to increase rights for various groups, to effect social change, to prevent social change, or to let their feelings be known about important issues.

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Begin Again: reckoning with intolerance in Maine

BEGIN AGAIN explores Maine's historic role, going back 528 years, in crisis that brought about the pandemic, social and economic inequities, and the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020.

Site Pages

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

Bangor and the Temperance Movement The Temperance Movement was a social movement whose purpose was to ban the consumption and sale of alcoholic…

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Intro: pages 139-194

… stage coach business, gardening for Hinkley, the temperance movement and his desire to stop selling liquor, and his continued interest in dancing.

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Portland Press Herald Glass Negative Collection - Icons & Influencers

… under owner Colonel Fred Dow (son of infamous Temperance advocate, Neal Dow), but starting with Guy Gannett’s ownership in 1925, the Evening…

Lesson Plans

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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.

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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.