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Historical Items

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Item 103237

Ransford W. Shaw’s law office, Houlton, 1908

Contributed by: Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum Date: 1908-12-29 Location: Houlton Media: Photographic print

Item 103657

John Chandler to Henry Dearborn about coasting law and its potential repeal, Monmouth, 1816

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1816 Location: Monmouth; Boston Media: Ink on paper

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Item 28055

G. W. Pierce on law school, Northampton, 1826

Contributed by: Pierce Family Collection through Maine Historical Society Date: 1826 Location: Northampton; Gorham Media: Ink on paper

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Hunting Season

Maine's ample woods historically provided numerous game animals and birds for hunters seeking food, fur, or hides. The promotion of hunting as tourism and concerns about conservation toward the end of the nineteenth century changed the nature of hunting in Maine.


Looking Out: Maine's Fire Towers

Maine, the most heavily forested state in the nation, had the first continuously operational fire lookout tower, beginning a system of fire prevention that lasted much of the twentieth century.


The Sanitary Commission: Meeting Needs of Soldiers, Families

The Sanitary Commission, formed soon after the Civil War began in the spring of 1861, dealt with the health, relief needs, and morale of soldiers and their families. The Maine Agency helped families and soldiers with everything from furloughs to getting new socks.

Site Pages

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Maine's Road to Statehood - The Coasting Law of 1789

The Coasting Law of 1789 'Unity' and 'Margaretta,' Machias, 1755 The Coasting Law of 1789 required that merchant ships port and register at…

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Cumberland & North Yarmouth - Maine's Pauper Laws and the Cumberland Overseers of the Poor

Another provision of the law required the Overseers to provide immediate comfort and relief to all persons, regardless of settlement, who fall into…

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Maine's Road to Statehood - The Final Vote

… William Crawford, passed a revised Coasting Law through Congress, which turned the entire eastern seaboard into one district and thus avoided the…

My Maine Stories

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Orphanage on Revere Street
by anonymous

An orphanage operated by a Mrs. Oliver on 54 Revere Street in Portland, Maine in 1930.


Wampum Belts
by Donald Soctomah

My great grandfather was a wampum keeper


Love is greater than peace, For peace is founded upon love
by Parivash Rohani

My journey from Iran to Maine

Lesson Plans

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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.

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Maine Statehood

Grade Level: 9-12 Content Area: Social Studies
Maine's quest for statehood began in the years immediately following the American Revolution. Though the state of Massachusetts consented to the separation in 1819 and Maine would ultimately achieve statehood in 1820, Maine’s split from Massachusetts was not without controversy and was not universally supported by people living in Maine. Using primary sources, students will explore the arguments for and against Maine statehood. Students will gather evidence and arguments to debate the statement: It is in the best interests of the people of Maine for Maine to become its own state.

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Becoming Maine: The Votes for Statehood

Grade Level: 3-5 Content Area: Social Studies
Maine became a state in 1820 after separating from Massachusetts, but the call for statehood had begun long before the final vote. Why did it take so long? Was 1820 the right time? In this lesson, students will begin to place where Maine’s statehood fits into the broader narrative of 18th and 19th century American political history. They will have the opportunity to cast their own Missouri Compromise vote after learning about Maine’s long road to statehood.