The largest textile factory in the country reached seven stories up on the banks of the Saco River in 1825, ushering in more than a century of making cloth in Biddeford and Saco. Along with the industry came larger populations and commercial, retail, social, and cultural growth.
Agricultural fairs, intended to promote new techniques and better farming methods, have been held since the early 19th century. Before long, entertainments were added to the educational focus of the early fairs.
Valentines Day cards have long been a way to express feelings of romance or love for family or friends. These early Valentines Day cards suggest the ways in which the expression of those sentiments has changed over time.
Long Island in 1881Item Contributed byJonathan Fisher Memorial, Inc. At one time Long Island like many other islands was filled with people, and…
Long Island: The Forgotten Community Brown & McAllister Granite Quarry, Blue Hill Bay, ca. 1890Item Contributed byJonathan Fisher Memorial…
Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12
Content Area: English Language Arts, Social Studies
Evangeline, Longfellow's heroine, has long been read as a search for Evangeline's long-lost love, Gabrielle--separated by the British in 1755 at the time of the Grand Derangement, the Acadian Diaspora. The couple comes to find each other late in life and the story ends. Or does it? Why does Longfellow choose to tell the story of this cultural group with a woman as the protagonist who is a member of a minority culture the Acadians? Does this say something about Longfellow's ability for understanding the misfortunes of others? Who is Evangeline searching for? Is it Gabriel, or her long-lost land of Acadia? Does the couple represent that which is lost to them, the land of their birth and rebirth? These are some of the thoughts and ideas which permeate Longfellow's text, Evangeline, beyond the tale of two lovers lost to one another. As the documentary, Evangeline's Quest (see below) states: "The Acadians, the only people to celebrate their defeat." They, as a cultural group, are found in the poem and their story is told.
Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8
Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson plan will give students a foundational overview of the events leading up to Maine’s separation from Massachusetts in 1820. Through class participation exercises and a chance to look at historic maps and documents, students will begin to place where Maine's statehood fits into the broader narrative of 18th and 19th century American history. They will have the opportunity to cast their own Missouri Compromise vote after learning about Maine’s long road to statehood, and will make connections between the shape, citizens, and governance of Maine today and the shape, citizens, and governance of Maine in 1820.
Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12
Content Area: English Language Arts, Science & Engineering, Social Studies
This poem is one of the numerous tales in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Tales of the Wayside Inn. The collection was published in three parts between 1863 and 1873. This series of long narrative poems were written by Longfellow during the most difficult personal time of his life. While mourning the tragic death of his second wife (Fanny Appleton Longfellow) he produced this ambitious undertaking. During this same period he translated Dante's Inferno from Italian to English. "The Poets Tale" is a humorous poem with a strong environmental message which reflects Longfellow's Unitarian outlook on life.