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Historical Items

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Item 105486

Sally Holmes's evening gown, ca. 1824

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1824 Location: Alfred Media: Silk

Item 105295

Revolutionary War-era styled gown, Portland, ca. 1825

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Location: Portland Media: Silk, cotton

Item 105293

Madam de St. Felix ball dress, ca. 1820

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1820 Location: Philadelphia Media: cotton


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Graduation Season

Graduations -- and schools -- in the 19th through the first decade of the 20th century often were small affairs and sometimes featured student presentations that demonstrated what they had learned. They were not necessarily held in May or June, what later became the standard "end of the school year."


Dressing Up, Standing Out, Fitting In

Adorning oneself to look one's "best" has varied over time, gender, economic class, and by event. Adornments suggest one's sense of identity and one's intent to stand out or fit in.


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.

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1800-1830 - Page 2 of 2

Her satin ball gown features the almost natural level waist of the 1820s. The wide waistband and puff sleeve cuffs are trimmed with the fashionable…

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Historic Clothing Collection - Eighteenth Century - Page 1 of 3

Two gowns are made of imported, probably English, woven floral silks. Such textiles were the product of highly skilled, intensive hand labor, and an…

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Lubec, Maine - Susie Calder: Lubec's Sardine Queen

J: Where did you get your beautiful gown for the ball? S: Well, Peacock’s bought my dress and my shoes and had my hair done.

My Maine Stories

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A Maine Family's story of being Prisoners of War in Manila
by Nicki Griffin

As a child, born after the war, I would hear these stories - glad they were finally written down