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Historical Items

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Item 72859

Corp. Walter Rounds writes to Cousin Abbie, 1864

Contributed by: Diana Letellier through Sebago Historical Society Date: 1864-01-25 Location: Steep Falls Media: Ink on paper

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Item 104898

Sarah Tibbetts to John Tibbetts with news of home, Westport Island, 1895

Contributed by: Westport Island History Committee Date: 1895-06-10 Location: Westport Island Media: Ink on paper

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Item 80411

Letter to Sarah Tarbox from B. Knight, ca. 1845

Contributed by: Westport Island History Committee Date: circa 1845 Location: Westport Island 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.

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Home Ties: Sebago During the Civil War

Letters to and from Sebago soldiers who served in the Civil War show concern on both sides about farms and other issues at home as well as concern from the home front about soldiers' well-being.

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Belfast During the Civil War: The Home Front

Belfast residents responded to the Civil War by enlisting in large numbers, providing relief from the home front to soldiers, defending Maine's shoreline, and closely following the news from soldiers and from various battles.

Site Pages

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Home: The Wadsworth-Longfellow House and Portland - The Wadsworth Era: 1786-1807

… (when not helping at home) were reading, writing letters, playing the spinet, and drawing. John, 16, later went to Harvard College.

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Life on a Tidal River - Three Civil War Letters - Page 2 of 4

A note accompanying two buttons sent home says “The S.C. is South Carolina. I cut it from the coat of that Col. Bretton of the 6th S.C. Vols.

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Life on a Tidal River - Three Civil War Letters - Page 3 of 4

Three Civil War Letters By the date of his third letter, the Regiment had participated at the Second Battle of Bull Run, Chantilly and…

My Maine Stories

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The only letter to survive World War II
by Cyrene Slegona

Only one of many letters my father sent to his wife remained after he came home from World War II.

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In an Old, Abandoned Island House, I Found my Mentor and my Muse
by Robin Clifford Wood

An aspiring writer finds inspiration and a mentor from the past in an old island home.

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From Chinese Laundress to Mother of the Year
by Dr. Andrea Louie

Toy Len Goon's granddaughter recounts her immigration to the US and becoming Mother of the Year.

Lesson Plans

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride Companion Curriculum

Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8 Content Area: Social Studies
These lesson plans were developed by Maine Historical Society for the Seashore Trolley Museum as a companion curriculum for the historical fiction YA novel "Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride" by Jean. M. Flahive (2019). The novel tells the story of Millie Thayer, a young girl who dreams of leaving the family farm, working in the city, and fighting for women's suffrage. Millie's life begins to change when a "flying carpet" shows up in the form of an electric trolley that cuts across her farm and when a fortune-teller predicts that Millie's path will cross that of someone famous. Suddenly, Millie finds herself caught up in events that shake the nation, Maine, and her family. The lesson plans in this companion curriculum explore a variety of topics including the history of the trolley use in early 20th century Maine, farm and rural life at the turn of the century, the story of Theodore Roosevelt and his relationship with Maine, WWI, and the flu pandemic of 1918-1920.