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Historical Items

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Item 15605

Littleton Fish Hatchery, ca. 1920

Contributed by: Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum Date: circa 1920 Location: Littleton Media: Photographic print

Item 11981

Lawrence Plante with a fish he caught, ca. 1920

Contributed by: Abel J. Morneault Memorial Library Date: circa 1920 Location: Van Buren Media: Photographic print

Item 17053

State Fish Hatchery, Caribou, ca. 1910

Contributed by: Caribou Public Library Date: circa 1910 Location: Caribou Media: Postcard

Tax Records

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Item 86150

Fish House, Central Wharf, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Central Wharf Proprietors Use: Fish House

Item 86289

Fish House, Commercial Wharf, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Jones Real Estate Company Use: Fish House

Item 86303

Fish House, Commercial Wharf, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Pauline Willis Use: Fish House

Architecture & Landscape

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Item 109566

Log Dam for Fish Pond for Weston Davis, Lewiston, 1905

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1905 Location: Lewiston Client: Weston Davis Architect: Coombs and Gibbs Architects

Item 111502

Joseph's elevations, Portland, 1984-1987

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1984–1987 Location: Portland; Portland Client: Joseph's Architect: Carol A. Wilson; Carol A. Wilson, Architect

Online Exhibits

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Raising Fish

Mainers began propagating fish to stock ponds and lakes in the mid 19th century. The state got into the business in the latter part of the century, first concentrating on Atlantic salmon, then moving into raising other species for stocking rivers, lakes, and ponds.


Early Fish Canneries in Brooklin

By the 1900s, numerous fish canneries began operating in Center Harbor, located within the Brooklin community. For over thirty years, these plants were an important factor in the community.


Umbazooksus & Beyond

Visitors to the Maine woods in the early twentieth century often recorded their adventures in private diaries or journals and in photographs. Their remembrances of canoeing, camping, hunting and fishing helped equate Maine with wilderness.

Site Pages

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Lincoln, Maine - Ira Fish

"He moved to Patten in 1840. Ira Fish drawing by Miranda Johnson X Ira Fish accomplished many things."

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Fish weir, Ball Hill Cove, Hampden, ca. 1832

"Fish weir, Ball Hill Cove, Hampden, ca. 1832 Contributed by Maine Historical Society and Maine State Museum Description When John Martin…"

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Friendship Museum

View collections, facts, and contact information for this Contributing Partner.

My Maine Stories

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Cleaning Fish or How Grandfather and Grandmother got by
by Randy Randall

Grandfather and Grandmother subsisted on the fish Grandfather caught, not always legally.


Backup Captain
by Shannon & Asa Richards

Our family’s deep connections to the maritime and fishing communities


Catching live bait with Grandfather
by Randy Randall

We never bought live bait for fishing. Grandfather caught all the minnows and shiners we needed.

Lesson Plans

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Maine Monochromatic Oceanscape

Grade Level: 6-8 Content Area: Visual & Performing Arts
This lesson plan will give students an overview of the creatures that live in the Gulf of Maine, real and imagined. Students will be able to describe the creatures they learn about, first learning simple art skills, and then combining these simple skills to make an Oceanscape picture that is complex.

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Primary Sources: The Maine Shipyard

Grade Level: 9-12 Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson plan will give students a close-up look at historical operations behind Maine's famed shipbuilding and shipping industries. Students will examine primary sources including letters, bills of lading, images, and objects, and draw informed hypotheses about the evolution of the seafaring industry and its impact on Maine’s communities over time.

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Sporting Maine

Grade Level: 3-5 Content Area: Health Education & Physical Education, Social Studies
This lesson plan will introduce students to myriad communities in Maine, past and present, through the universal lens of sports and group activities. Students will explore and understand the history of many of Maine’s recreational pastimes, what makes Maine the ideal location for some outdoor sports, and how communities have come together through team activities throughout Maine’s history.