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Historical Items

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Item 49032

Louisa Craig Vickery, Unity, ca. 1855

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1855 Location: Unity Media: Daguerreotype

Item 36579

Tuberculosis cure cartoon, ca. 1912

Courtesy of David Sanderson, an individual partner Date: circa 1912 Location: Saranac Lake; Hebron Media: Ink on paper

Item 28700

Modern Health Crusaders, Portland, 1924

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media Date: 1924 Location: Portland Media: Glass Negative

Online Exhibits

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Exhibit

San Life: the Western Maine Sanatorium, 1928-1929

Merle Wadleigh of Portland, who was in his mid 20s, took and saved photographs that provide a glimpse into the life of a tuberculosis patient at the Western Maine Sanatorium in Hebron in 1928-1929.

Exhibit

Among the Lungers: Treating TB

Tuberculosis -- or consumption as it often was called -- claimed so many lives and so threatened the health of communities that private organizations and, by 1915, the state, got involved in TB treatment. The state's first tuberculosis sanatorium was built on Greenwood Mountain in Hebron and introduced a new philosophy of treatment.

Exhibit

John Y. Merrill: Leeds Farmer, Entrepreneur, & More

John Y. Merrill of Leeds (1823-1898) made terse entries in diaries he kept for 11 years. His few words still provide a glimpse into the life of a mid 18th century farmer, who also made shoes, quarried stone, moved barns, made healing salves -- and was active in civic affairs.

Site Pages

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Strong, a Mussul Unsquit village - "Fly Rod" Crosby - Page 1 of 3

Ezekiel also took sick with tuberculosis and died in 1868 at the age of 23. Early on she was prescribed fresh air; as much time in the outdoors as…

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Early Maine Photography - Art - Page 1 of 2

Elizabeth of Hungary. His promising career ended prematurely in his death from tuberculosis at the age of thirty-five in 1861.

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Strong, a Mussul Unsquit village - Prominent Women

… passed away the next year, after suffering from tuberculosis. From 1863 to 1865 she worked as a government clerk in Washington, D.C.

My Maine Stories

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Story

Born in Bangor 1936
by Priscilla M. Naile

Spending time at the Bangor Children's Home

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Primary Sources: Healthcare History in Maine

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12 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 how people in Maine have given and received healthcare throughout history. Students will discuss the giving and receiving of medicines and treatments from the 18th-21st centuries, the evolving role of hospitals since the 19th century, and how the nursing profession has changed since the Civil War. Students will also look at how people and healthcare facilities in Maine have addressed epidemics in the past, such as influenza and tuberculosis, and what we can learn today from studying the history of healthcare and medicine.