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Historical Items

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Item 34705

Cedar and sisal buoy, Scarborough, ca. 1953

Contributed by: Scarborough Historical Society & Museum Date: circa 1953 Location: Scarborough Media: Wood, sisal

Item 104334

Prototype flocking module at Pepperell Mill, Biddeford, 2018

Contributed by: Biddeford Mills Museum Date: circa 1960 Location: Biddeford Media: Digital Image

Item 105707

Evening dress with beaded motif, ca. 1935

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1935 Media: viscose, glass beads

Online Exhibits

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Northern Threads: Civil War-era clothing

An exhibit vignette within "Northern Threads, Part 1," featuring American Civil War civilian and military clothing, 1860 to 1869.


Maine Eats: the food revolution starts here

From Maine's iconic lobsters, blueberries, potatoes, apples, and maple syrup, to local favorites like poutine, baked beans, red hot dogs, Italian sandwiches, and Whoopie Pies, Maine's identity and economy are inextricably linked to food. Sourcing food, preparing food, and eating food are all part of the heartbeat of Maine's culture and economy. Now, a food revolution is taking us back to our roots in Maine: to the traditional sources, preparation, and pleasures of eating food that have sustained Mainers for millennia.


State of Mind: Becoming Maine

The history of the region now known as Maine did not begin at statehood in 1820. What was Maine before it was a state? How did Maine separate from Massachusetts? How has the Maine we experience today been shaped by thousands of years of history?

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1940-1950 - Page 1 of 3

Wool and the new synthetic, nylon, were reserved for the war effort leaving cotton, rayon with some wool for the home market.

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1920-1930 - Page 1 of 3

… discovered in the late 1880s, rayon is the product of a chemical process that converts cellulosic (plant) material into long filaments.

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1870-1890 - Page 1 of 4

Seeing these silk products at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition of 1876, Americans were surprised to learn that they were American made rather…