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Historical Items

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Item 102784

Irish immigrants Margaret and Lawrence Newell on their porch, Portland, 1937

Courtesy of Matthew Jude Barker, an individual partner Date: 1937 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Item 102826

Portland milkman Peter W. Rowe, ca. 1900

Courtesy of Matthew Jude Barker, an individual partner Date: circa 1900 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Item 102767

Copy of a plan of lands on the west side of Madomack River, Waldoboro, 1774

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1774 Location: Waldoboro Media: Ink on paper

Online Exhibits

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Irish Immigrants in Nineteenth Century Maine

With the popularity of all things Irish in modern America, many people have forgotten the difficulties faced by nineteenth century Irish immigrants.

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Pigeon's Mainer Project: who decides who belongs?

Street artist Pigeon's artwork tackles the multifaceted topic of immigration. He portrays Maine residents, some who are asylum seekers, refugees, and immigrants—people who are often marginalized through state and federal policies—to ask questions about the dynamics of power in society, and who gets to call themselves a “Mainer.”

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400 years of New Mainers

Immigration is one of the most debated topics in Maine. Controversy aside, immigration is also America's oldest tradition, and along with religious tolerance, what our nation was built upon. Since the first people--the Wabanaki--permitted Europeans to settle in the land now known as Maine, we have been a state of immigrants.

Site Pages

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - VI. The deluge of industrial expansion & immigration (1865-1900) - Page 2 of 2

VI. The deluge of industrial expansion & immigration (1865-1900) Pew payment receipt, Biddeford, 1806, 1807, 1810Biddeford Historical Society…

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - VI. The deluge of industrial expansion & immigration (1865-1900) - Page 1 of 2

VI. The deluge of industrial expansion & immigration (1865-1900) Union & Journal (Biddeford, Me.), 24 June 1864 X After the war ended both the…

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Historic Hallowell - Industry and Immigrants-A Changing Community

Industry and Immigrants-A Changing Community Workers in Wiler's Oil Cloth Factory.Hubbard Free Library When the railroad came to Hallowell in…

My Maine Stories

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Anti-immigrant violence
by Matthew Jude Barker

Prejudice in Maine against immigrants dates back to at least the mid-1700s

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Nicole Morin-Scribner: living the dreams of her immigrant parent
by Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center

A 6-year-old immigrant makes the most of her opportunities while staying connected to her roots

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Aurore Morin & Huguette Paquette: immigrating to Biddeford
by Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center

The experience of a young mother and her teenage sister making the transition from Quebec to Maine.

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

Chinese in Maine

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12, Postsecondary Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson presents an overview of the history of the Chinese/Chinese Americans in Maine and the U.S. including some of the factors that led to Chinese immigration to the U.S., the history of the Chinese Exclusion Act, a look into the xenophobia, racism, and discrimination many Chinese Americans have experienced and continue to experience, and the contributions of Chinese Americans to community life and culture in Maine.

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Jews in Maine

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12, Postsecondary Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson presents an overview of the history of Jews in Maine and the U.S., including some of the factors that led to Jewish immigration to the U.S., examination of the prejudice, discrimination and anti-Semitism many Jews have experienced, and the contributions of Jews to community life and culture in Maine.

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Immigration: Challenges and Opportunities in Maine

Grade Level: 9-12 Content Area: Social Studies
Learn about immigration in the United States using primary sources from Maine Memory Network and the Library of Congress.