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Historical Items

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Item 100382

Civil War drum, Rumford, ca. 1865

Contributed by: Greater Rumford Area Historical Society Date: circa 1865 Location: Rumford Media: Wood, leather

Item 13208

American Legion Drum Corp, Houlton

Contributed by: Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum Date: circa 1930 Location: Houlton Media: Postcard

Item 8917

Debarking drums, Portland Company, ca. 1920

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1920 Location: Portland Media: Photoprint

Online Exhibits

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Les Raquetteurs

In the early 1600s, French explorers and colonizers in the New World quickly adopted a Native American mode of transportation to get around during the harsh winter months: the snowshoe. Most Northern societies had some form of snowshoe, but the Native Americans turned it into a highly functional item. French settlers named snowshoes "raquettes" because they resembled the tennis racket then in use.


The Arrival of Winter

The astronomical arrival of winter -- also known as the winter solstice -- marks the year's shortest day and the season of snow and cold. It usually arrives on December 21.


This Rebellion: Maine and the Civil War

For Mainers like many other people in both the North and the South, the Civil War, which lasted from 1861-1865, had a profound effect on their lives. Letters, artifacts, relics, and other items saved by participants at home and on the battlefield help illuminate the nature of the Civil War experience for Mainers.

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Boy at Bangor parade, July 4, 1865

… sargents &c all boys and their music being boys with tenore drums." View additional information about this item on the Maine Memory Network.

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Lincoln, Maine - Nathaniel Bodwell

The drum was in the family until it was stolen. Bodwell came to Lincoln by way of Sebec with his wife, Polly. Polly was probably born in Exeter.

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Guilford, Maine - MANUFACTURING - Page 1 of 2

They would just put the boards into the drum, which would spin for 5-6 hours. It would go counter clockwise then they would reverse it.

My Maine Stories

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Blessing of the Creatures MAINEUSA
by Marty Pottenger

Passamaquoddy "Blessing of the Creatures'' honors the creatures of Maine.