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Historical Items

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Item 15709

Maine Female Seminary, Gorham

Contributed by: Gorham Historical Society Date: circa 1880 Location: Gorham Media: Print

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Maine Female Seminary, Gorham, ca. 1880

Contributed by: Gorham Historical Society Date: circa 1880 Location: Gorham Media: Photographic print

Item 21023

John Hubbard on female seminary, 1850

Contributed by: Pierce Family Collection through Maine Historical Society Date: 1850 Location: Gorham Media: Ink on paper

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Online Exhibits

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Away at School: Letters Home

Young men and women in the 19th century often went away from home -- sometimes for a few months, sometimes for longer periods -- to attend academies, seminaries, or schools run by individuals. While there, they wrote letters home, reporting on boarding arrangements and coursework undertaken, and inquired about the family at home.


Student Exhibit: Rebecca Sophie Clarke

Sophie May, whose real name was Rebecca Clarke, was the author of over 40 books between 1861 and 1903. She wrote the "Little Prudy Series" based on the little town of Norridgewock.


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.

Site Pages

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Lincoln, Maine - Mattanawcook Academy

Print. "Mattanawcook Academy Dedicated 1933: Largest Freshman Class in History, 80, Ready for Work." 16 Oct. 1933: 257-58. Print.

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Norridgewock Historical Society

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Historic Hallowell - A Post-Revolutionary Generation

Academy opened, one of the first classical academies in the District of Maine (a distinction shared with Berwick Academy, which was chartered the…

My Maine Stories

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

West Point during World War II


History of Forest Gardens
by Gary Libby

This is a history of one of Portland's oldest local bars