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Historical Items

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Item 63056

Swan's Islanders on their bikes, ca. 1960

Contributed by: Swan's Island Historical Society Date: circa 1960 Location: Swan's Island Media: Photographic print

Item 22087

Christmas Pageant, Mount Desert, ca. 1925

Contributed by: Great Harbor Maritime Museum Date: circa 1925 Location: Mount Desert Media: Photographic print

Item 63054

Wheelbarrow race, Swan's Island, ca. 1919

Contributed by: Swan's Island Historical Society Date: circa 1919 Location: Swan's Island Media: Photographic print

Online Exhibits

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Summer's Favorite Game

Baseball often is called the National Pastime. For many people, baseball is encountered in the backyard and down the street, a game played by a few or the full contingent of a team.


A Craze for Cycling

Success at riding a bike mirrored success in life. Bicycling could bring families together. Bicycling was good for one's health. Bicycling was fun. Bicycles could go fast. Such were some of the arguments made to induce many thousands of people around Maine and the nation to take up the new pastime at the end of the nineteenth century.


Prohibition in Maine in the 1920s

Federal Prohibition took hold of America in 1920 with the passing of the Volstead Act that banned the sale and consumption of all alcohol in the US. However, Maine had the Temperance movement long before anyone was prohibited from taking part in one of America's most popular past times. Starting in 1851, the struggles between the "drys" and the "wets" of Maine lasted for 82 years, a period of time that was everything but dry and rife with nothing but illegal activity.

Site Pages

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Presque Isle: The Star City - Pastimes

Pastimes As for pastimes... camping, fishing, music, theater, art, snow sports. These are the activities that bring people together, encompass the…

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Presque Isle: The Star City - Links to Presque Isle Pastimes

Links to Presque Isle Pastimes Northern Maine Museum of Science X Maine Solar System Model Saturn X The Francis Malcolm Science Center…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Twentieth-Century Community Life

In summers the Pastime also hosted plays, offering vaudeville between acts. The Park Theatre opened in Southwest in 1919, and soon, even Somesville…

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Sporting Maine

Grade Level: 3-5 Content Area: Health Education & Physical Education, Social Studies
This lesson plan will introduce students to myriad communities in Maine, past and present, through the universal lens of sports and group activities. Students will explore and understand the history of many of Maine’s recreational pastimes, what makes Maine the ideal location for some outdoor sports, and how communities have come together through team activities throughout Maine’s history.