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Historical Items

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Item 21484

George Dunbar, Steeple Jack, Belfast, ca. 1920

Contributed by: Belfast Historical Society Date: circa 1920 Location: Belfast Media: Postcard

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Uncle Sam celebrates Hartland's sesquicentennial, 1970

Contributed by: Cheryl Vigue through Hartland Historical Society Date: 1970-06-27 Location: Hartland Media: Photographic print

Item 28914

Bert the Turtle, Rockland, ca. 1957

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1957 Location: Rockland Media: Photographic print


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A Town Is Born: South Bristol, 1915

After being part of the town of Bristol for nearly 150 years, residents of South Bristol determined that their interests would be better served by becoming a separate town and they broke away from the large community of Bristol.


Westbrook Seminary: Educating Women

Westbrook Seminary, built on Stevens Plain in 1831, was founded to educate young men and young women. Seminaries traditionally were a form of advanced secondary education. Westbrook Seminary served an important function in admitting women students, for whom education was less available in the early and mid nineteenth century.


Le Théâtre

Lewiston, Maine's second largest city, was long looked upon by many as a mill town with grimy smoke stacks, crowded tenements, low-paying jobs, sleazy clubs and little by way of refinement, except for Bates College. Yet, a noted Québec historian, Robert Rumilly, described it as "the French Athens of New England."

Site Pages

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Historic Hallowell - Johnny Stringer ~ A Character of Industry

Johnny Stringer ~ A Character of Industry Johnny Stringer, Artisan, Hallowell, ca. 1848Item Contributed byHubbard Free Library One of the more…

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Thomaston: The Town that Went to Sea - Raymond Wallace

He was quite a character. What was minimum wage? I don’t really remember but tires cost 18 dollars and I could get one a week.

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Thomaston: The Town that Went to Sea - Thomaston Expands - 1805 to 1846

… Italianate structures, shaping the architectural character of Thomaston seen today. <- Prev. Page…

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Primary Sources: The Maine Shipyard

Grade Level: 9-12 Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson plan will give students a close-up look at historical operations behind Maine's famed shipbuilding and shipping industries. Students will examine primary sources including letters, bills of lading, images, and objects, and draw informed hypotheses about the evolution of the seafaring industry and its impact on Maine’s communities over time.