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Keywords: Women's Education

Historical Items

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Item 46815

Business and Professional Women's Executive Board, Portland, 1931

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1931 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Item 10132

Women's Library Club, Lovell, ca. 1930

Contributed by: Lovell Historical Society Date: circa 1930 Location: Lovell Media: Photographic print

Item 9978

Women's Library Club, Lovell, 1950

Contributed by: Lovell Historical Society Date: 1950-08-23 Location: Lovell Media: Photoprint

Architecture & Landscape

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Item 111477

Victoria Mansion portico elevations, Portland, 1983-1984

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1983–1984 Location: Portland Client: Victoria Society of Maine Women Architect: Carol A. Wilson; R.E. Wengren Associates, Architects

Online Exhibits

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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.


Working Women of the Old Port

Women at the turn of the 20th century were increasingly involved in paid work outside the home. For wage-earning women in the Old Port section of Portland, the jobs ranged from canning fish and vegetables to setting type. A study done in 1907 found many women did not earn living wages.


Women, War, and the Homefront

When America entered the Great War in 1917, the government sent out pleas for help from American women, many of whom responded at the battle front and on the home front.

Site Pages

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Portland Press Herald Glass Negative Collection - National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs

"… National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs Power of Potential View the Maine Women's Business Convention Slideshow…"

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Strong, a Mussul Unsquit village - Prominent Women

"Prominent Women Text By: Strong School 7th and 8th Graders, 2011-2012 Julia Harris May poetry collection, 1903Farmington Public Library…"

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Women's Firsts

"Women in positions as town officials and committee members, however, showed significant change over the same time period, slowly including more women…"

My Maine Stories

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My education and work at THE Mercy
by Judy Harmon

Judy Harmon discussed X-Ray School, changing technology, and her 1960s jeep


Nursing at Mercy Hospital during WWII
by Roberta Loring

Education and nursing at Mercy Hospital during World War II.


Learning to fly and instructing cadets at West Point during WWII
by Vera Cleaves

West Point during World War II

Lesson Plans

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride Companion Curriculum

Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8 Content Area: Social Studies
These lesson plans were developed by Maine Historical Society for the Seashore Trolley Museum as a companion curriculum for the historical fiction YA novel "Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride" by Jean. M. Flahive (2019). The novel tells the story of Millie Thayer, a young girl who dreams of leaving the family farm, working in the city, and fighting for women's suffrage. Millie's life begins to change when a "flying carpet" shows up in the form of an electric trolley that cuts across her farm and when a fortune-teller predicts that Millie's path will cross that of someone famous. Suddenly, Millie finds herself caught up in events that shake the nation, Maine, and her family. The lesson plans in this companion curriculum explore a variety of topics including the history of the trolley use in early 20th century Maine, farm and rural life at the turn of the century, the story of Theodore Roosevelt and his relationship with Maine, WWI, and the flu pandemic of 1918-1920.