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Historical Items

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Item 23795

Membership, Social Humane Society, 1814

Contributed by: Pierce Family Collection through Maine Historical Society Date: 1814 Location: Paris Media: Ink on paper

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Item 23796

Constitution, Social and Humane Society, 1814

Contributed by: Pierce Family Collection through Maine Historical Society Date: 1814-01-01 Location: Paris Media: Ink on paper

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Samuel McGill letter regarding John B. Russwurm's death, Yarmouth, 1851

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1851-09-19 Location: Cape Palmas; North Yarmouth; Yarmouth Media: Ink on paper

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Online Exhibits

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Protests

Throughout the history of the state, residents have protested, on paper or in the streets, to increase rights for various groups, to effect social change, to prevent social change, or to let their feelings be known about important issues.

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Begin Again: reckoning with intolerance in Maine

BEGIN AGAIN explores Maine's historic role, going back 528 years, in crisis that brought about the pandemic, social and economic inequities, and the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020.

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Slavery's Defenders and Foes

Mainers, like residents of other states, had differing views about slavery and abolition in the early to mid decades of the 19th century. Religion and economic factors were among the considerations in determining people's leanings.

Site Pages

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Maine's Road to Statehood - 1790s: A Growing Movement

1790s: A Growing Movement "An address to the inhabitants of the District of Maine upon the subject of their separation," Portland, 1791Item…

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Life on a Tidal River - Bangor and Social Reform Movements of the 1800s-1900s

Bangor and the Temperance Movement The Temperance Movement was a social movement whose purpose was to ban the consumption and sale of alcoholic…

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Maine's Road to Statehood - The American Revolution and Early Attempts at Separation - Page 2 of 2

… gathering support was difficult for their movement, which some thought unpatriotic and embarrassing, in light of the shockwaves caused by Shays'…

My Maine Stories

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How the first chapter Veterans for Peace was founded in Maine
by Doug Rawlings

Veterans for Peace was founded in Maine and is now an international movement

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I have thought about Vietnam almost every day for 48 years
by Ted Heselton

Working as a heavy equipment operator in Vietnam

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We Gonna Be Alright and Say It Loud
by Ryan Adams

Creating artwork during a period of social and cultural awakening

Lesson Plans

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Primary Sources: Maine Women's Causes and Influence before 1920

Grade Level: 6-8 Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson plan will give students the opportunity to read and analyze letters, literature, and other primary documents and articles of material culture from the MHS collections relating to the women of Maine between the end of the Revolutionary War through the national vote for women’s suffrage in 1920. Students will discuss issues including war relief (Civil War and World War I), suffrage, abolition, and temperance, and how the women of Maine mobilized for or in some cases helped to lead these movements.

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LGBTQ+ History in Maine

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12, Postsecondary Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson presents an overview of the history of the LGBTQ community in Maine and the U.S., including the ways in which attitudes towards the LGBTQ community have changed over time, some of the ways LGBTQ people have faced discrimination and unfair treatment, and some of the moments in Maine and U.S. history that inspired LGBTQ people and their allies to fight for equality and LGBTQ rights.

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Immigration: Challenges and Opportunities in Maine

Grade Level: 9-12 Content Area: Social Studies
Learn about immigration in the United States using primary sources from Maine Memory Network and the Library of Congress.