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Historical Items

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Item 94909

Mourning dress, Presque Isle, ca. 1860

Contributed by: Presque Isle Historical Society Date: circa 1860 Location: Presque Isle Media: Cloth

Item 105321

Crepe mourning skirt, ca. 1900

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1900 Media: Silk, Horsehair, Cotton, Metal

Item 99002

Mourning bonnet, Presque Isle, ca. 1860

Contributed by: Presque Isle Historical Society Date: circa 1860 Location: Presque Isle Media: Cloth


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Anshe Sfard, Portland's Early Chassidic Congregation

Chassidic Jews who came to Portland from Eastern Europe formed a congregation in the late 19th century and, in 1917, built a synagogue -- Anshe Sfard -- on Cumberland Avenue in Portland. By the early 1960s, the congregation was largely gone. The building was demolished in 1983.


Dressing Up, Standing Out, Fitting In

Adorning oneself to look one's "best" has varied over time, gender, economic class, and by event. Adornments suggest one's sense of identity and one's intent to stand out or fit in.


The Mainspring of Fashion

The mainspring of fashion is the process whereby members of one class imitate the styles of another, who in turn are driven to ever new expedients of fashionable change.

Site Pages

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Early Maine Photography - Post-Mortem & Mourning

Post-Mortem & Mourning Post Mortem & Mourning Slideshow Click on image to view slideshow In pre-Civil war Maine, death was a frequent…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Building of Arts: By Josh Howie

… itself across the land and destroyed the Building of Arts. The building was long since doomed so its destruction was not greatly mourned.

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Historic Hallowell - Hallowell Ice Storm Poem

Saplings drooped, mourning the lost boughs at their feet. Citizens admired the glistening glaze from behind dark windows; playing cards by…

Lesson Plans

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Longfellow Studies: "The Poet's Tale - The Birds of Killingworth"

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 PoetÂ’s Tale" is a humorous poem with a strong environmental message which reflects Longfellow's Unitarian outlook on life.