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Historical Items

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Item 14616

Child's snowshoes, Fort Kent, ca. 1920

Contributed by: Fort Kent Historical Society Date: circa 1920 Location: Fort Kent Media: Wood, leather

Item 79928

Peary snowshoes, Norway, ca. 1905

Contributed by: Norway Historical Society Date: circa 1905 Location: Norway Media: Photographic print

Item 80713

Penobscot snowshoes, ca. 1850

Contributed by: Abbe Museum Date: circa 1850 Location: Indian Island Media: Ash, hide, sinew

Online Exhibits

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Exhibit

Les Raquetteurs

In the early 1600s, French explorers and colonizers in the New World quickly adopted a Native American mode of transportation to get around during the harsh winter months: the snowshoe. Most Northern societies had some form of snowshoe, but the Native Americans turned it into a highly functional item. French settlers named snowshoes "raquettes" because they resembled the tennis racket then in use.

Exhibit

Remembering Mellie Dunham: Snowshoe Maker and Fiddler

Alanson Mellen "Mellie" Dunham and his wife Emma "Gram" Dunham were well-known musicians throughout Maine and the nation in the early decades of the 20th century. Mellie Dunham also received fame as a snowshoe maker.

Exhibit

The Arrival of Winter

The astronomical arrival of winter -- also known as the winter solstice -- marks the year's shortest day and the season of snow and cold. It usually arrives on December 21.

Site Pages

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - In the beginning, there were the Wabanaki…

Penobscot snowshoes, ca. 1850Item Contributed byAbbe Museum With the Europeans came new diseases and colonial wars.

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - …then came the settlers…

… Indians camping nearby taught him how to make snowshoes, woodsplint baskets, and a scoop net for fishing. Other settlers followed.

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Norway Historical Society

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My Maine Stories

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Story

Becoming Master snowshoe makers
by Edmond and Brian J. Theriault

Making snowshoes has taken us from novices to world-class craftsmen over 40 years time.

Story

My father's world - the old farm in Richmond, Maine
by Donald C. Cunningham

A story about my father and our family.

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.