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Historical Items

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Item 103819

FDR asks Mainers for vote, Portland, 1932

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media Date: 1932-10-31 Location: Portland Media: Glass Negative

Item 65144

Letter seeking furlough to vote, Virginia, 1864

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1864-10-23 Location: Alexandria; Petersburg; Presque Isle Media: Ink on paper

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Item 67448

Sebago votes to raise money to pay soldier's bounties, 1862

Contributed by: Sebago Historical Society Date: 1868-12-14 Location: Sebago Media: Ink on paper

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Exhibits

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Debates Over Suffrage

While numerous Mainers worked for and against woman suffrage in the state in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, some also worked on the national level, seeking a federal amendment to allow women the right to vote

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The Sanitary Commission: Meeting Needs of Soldiers, Families

The Sanitary Commission, formed soon after the Civil War began in the spring of 1861, dealt with the health, relief needs, and morale of soldiers and their families. The Maine Agency helped families and soldiers with everything from furloughs to getting new socks.

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Civil War Soldiers Impact Pittsfield

Although not everyone in town supported the war effort, more than 200 Pittsfield men served in Civil War regiments. Several reminders of their service remain in the town.

Site Pages

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Maine's Road to Statehood - The Final Vote

The Final Vote William Williamson to Joseph Williamson on the final vote for separation, Boston, 1819Item Contributed byMaine Historical…

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Maine's Road to Statehood - After the War: The First Victory for Separationists

A joint committee concluded that a second vote would determine the fate of Maine independence. This vote, scheduled for September, would require a…

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Maine's Road to Statehood - Turn of the Century to the War of 1812

The votes displayed by Banks show 12,774 votes casted considering separation compared to the 20,424 who voted for governor.

My Maine Stories

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A Note from a Maine-American
by William Dow Turner

With 7 generations before statehood, and 5 generations since, Maine DNA carries on.

Lesson Plans

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Becoming Maine: The Votes for Statehood

Grade Level: 3-5 Content Area: Social Studies
Maine became a state in 1820 after separating from Massachusetts, but the call for statehood had begun long before the final vote. Why did it take so long? Was 1820 the right time? In this lesson, students will begin to place where Maine’s statehood fits into the broader narrative of 18th and 19th century American political history. They will have the opportunity to cast their own Missouri Compromise vote after learning about Maine’s long road to statehood.

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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

Maine Statehood

Grade Level: 9-12 Content Area: Social Studies
Maine's quest for statehood began in the years immediately following the American Revolution. Though the state of Massachusetts consented to the separation in 1819 and Maine would ultimately achieve statehood in 1820, Maine’s split from Massachusetts was not without controversy and was not universally supported by people living in Maine. Using primary sources, students will explore the arguments for and against Maine statehood. Students will gather evidence and arguments to debate the statement: It is in the best interests of the people of Maine for Maine to become its own state.