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Historical Items

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Item 15279

Coastal Artillery Corps companies, Fort McKinley, 1909

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1909 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Item 102012

Colby family, Westport Island, ca. 1907

Contributed by: Westport Island History Committee Date: circa 1907 Location: Westport Island Media: Photographic print

Item 103653

"An address to the inhabitants of the District of Maine upon the subject of their separation," Portland, 1791

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1791 Location: Portland Media: Ink on paper

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The Shape of Maine

The boundaries of Maine are the product of international conflict, economic competition, political fights, and contested development. The boundaries are expressions of human values; people determined the shape of Maine.


Liberty Threatened: Maine in 1775

At Lexington and Concord, on April 19, 1775, British troops attempted to destroy munitions stored by American colonists. The battles were the opening salvos of the American Revolution. Shortly, the conflict would erupt in Maine.


Maine Streets: The Postcard View

Photographers from the Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Co. of Belfast traveled throughout the state, especially in small communities, taking images for postcards. Many of these images, taken in the first three decades of the twentieth century, capture Main Streets on the brink of modernity.

Site Pages

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Cumberland & North Yarmouth - Population Decline in Maine's Coastal Counties

Population Decline in Maine's Coastal Counties Maine in 1860 X Population swings Between 1790 and 1860, the population of Maine increased from…

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Maine's Road to Statehood - The Final Vote

As a result, any coastal opposition to separation could no longer be based on the hindrance of the former Coasting Law, and many who had previously…

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Maine's Road to Statehood - 1790s: A Growing Movement

Additionally, many in York County opposed separation because the current capital in Boston would likely be closer than a new capital in Maine.[15] In…

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Becoming Maine: The District of Maine's Coastal Economy

Grade Level: 3-5 Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson plan will introduce students to the maritime economy of Maine prior to statehood and to the Coasting Law that impacted the separation debate. Students will examine primary documents, take part in an activity that will put the Coasting Law in the context of late 18th century – early 19th century New England, and learn about how the Embargo Act of 1807 affected Maine in the decades leading to statehood.