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Historical Items

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Item 102884

Lincoln Academy Class of 1878, Newcastle

Contributed by: Lincoln Academy Date: 1878 Location: Newcastle Media: Photographic print

Item 102909

Lincoln Academy Class of 1888, Newcastle

Contributed by: Lincoln Academy Date: 1888 Location: Newcastle Media: Photographic print

Item 102934

Lincoln Academy Class of 1894, Newcastle

Contributed by: Lincoln Academy Date: 1894 Location: Newcastle Media: Photographic print

Exhibits

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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.

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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."

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The Mainspring of Fashion

The mainspring of fashion is the process whereby members of one class imitate the styles of another, who in turn are driven to ever new expedients of fashionable change.

Site Pages

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Strong, a Mussul Unsquit village - Online Items

… infoStrong Historical Society Senior class portrait of Class of 1912 at Strong High School. Left to right: Elenora Richards, George Norton and…

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Strong, a Mussul Unsquit village - Village School 1905

… infoStrong Historical Society Senior class portrait of Class of 1912 at Strong High School. Left to right: Elenora Richards, George Norton and…

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Gorham L. Boynton, Bangor, ca. 1867

… lumber merchant, whom he described as "among a class of risky and reckless men." Martin, who wrote and illustrated five volumes of recollections…

My Maine Stories

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Story

Tapestry, Seine Twine and Burlesque
by Barbara Burns

My work as a tapestry artist and dancer in Maine.

Lesson Plans

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Longfellow Studies: Celebrity's Picture - Using Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Portraits to Observe Historic Changes

Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 Content Area: Social Studies, Visual & Performing Arts
"In the four quarters of the globe, who reads an American book?" Englishman Sydney Smith's 1820 sneer irked Americans, especially writers such as Irving, Cooper, Hawthorne, and Maine's John Neal, until Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's resounding popularity successfully rebuffed the question. The Bowdoin educated Portland native became the America's first superstar poet, paradoxically loved especially in Britain, even memorialized at Westminster Abbey. He achieved international celebrity with about forty books or translations to his credit between 1830 and 1884, and, like superstars today, his public craved pictures of him. His publishers consequently commissioned Longfellow's portrait more often than his family, and he sat for dozens of original paintings, drawings, and photos during his lifetime, as well as sculptures. Engravers and lithographers printed replicas of the originals as book frontispiece, as illustrations for magazine or newspaper articles, and as post cards or "cabinet" cards handed out to admirers, often autographed. After the poet's death, illustrators continued commercial production of his image for new editions of his writings and coloring books or games such as "Authors," and sculptors commemorated him with busts in Longfellow Schools or full-length figures in town squares. On the simple basis of quantity, the number of reproductions of the Maine native's image arguably marks him as the country's best-known nineteenth century writer. TEACHERS can use this presentation to discuss these themes in art, history, English, or humanities classes, or to lead into the following LESSON PLANS. The plans aim for any 9-12 high school studio art class, but they can also be used in any humanities course, such as literature or history. They can be adapted readily for grades 3-8 as well by modifying instructional language, evaluation rubrics, and targeted Maine Learning Results and by selecting materials for appropriate age level.