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Historical Items

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Item 12349

Topsham Town Hall, 1954

Contributed by: Pejepscot History Center Date: 1954 Location: Topsham Media: Photograph, print

Item 82366

Town report, Berwick, 1860

Contributed by: Berwick Historical Society Date: 1860 Location: Berwick Media: Ink on paper

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Item 33783

Guilford Town Hall, ca. 1880

Contributed by: Guilford Historical Society Date: circa 1880 Location: Guilford Media: Photographic print

Architecture & Landscape

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Item 110083

Preliminary Sketches for Changes in Town Hall, Freeport, 1920-1930

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1920–1930 Location: Freeport Client: Freeport Town Hall Architect: Poor & Thomas

Item 109224

Old Town Synagogue, Old Town, 1950

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1950 Location: Old Town Client: Town of Old Town Architect: Eaton W. Tarbell

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Penobscot Shoe Company building, Old Town, 1952-1954

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1952–1954 Location: Old Town Client: Penobscot Shoe Company Architect: Eaton W. Tarbell

Online Exhibits

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The Establishment of the Troy Town Forest

Seavey Piper, a selectman, farmer, landowner, and leader of the Town of Troy in the 1920s through the early 1950s helped establish a town forest on abandoned farm land in Troy. The exhibit details his work over ten years.


A Town Is Born: South Bristol, 1915

After being part of the town of Bristol for nearly 150 years, residents of South Bristol determined that their interests would be better served by becoming a separate town and they broke away from the large community of Bristol.


Belfast During the Civil War: The Home Front

Belfast residents responded to the Civil War by enlisting in large numbers, providing relief from the home front to soldiers, defending Maine's shoreline, and closely following the news from soldiers and from various battles.

Site Pages

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Bath's Historic Downtown - Old Town Hall and Grant Building

"Old Town Hall and Grant Building Text by Jocelyn Bernier, Savannah Rice, Shawn Russell, and Cody Seekins 7th grade students at Bath Middle School…"

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Running the Town

"In 1961 Amy Staples became our first female town clerk. During the town reports published in the 1960s women’s names began appearing in lists serving…"

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Town of Cumberland

View collections, facts, and contact information for this Contributing Partner.

My Maine Stories

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Saturday Evening Dances at the Westport Town Hall
by Deborah G. Greenleaf

Fond Memories of Westport Island


Too Small to Have a Town Drunk
by Scott Maker

Vignettes from Downeast Maine


Sister Madeleine Couture: Dedicating her life to teaching
by Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center

The story of a life immersed in family and teaching

Lesson Plans

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Building Community/Community Buildings

Grade Level: 6-8 Content Area: Social Studies
Where do people gather? What defines a community? What buildings allow people to congregate to celebrate, learn, debate, vote, and take part in all manner of community activities? Students will evaluate images and primary documents from throughout Maine’s history, and look at some of Maine’s earliest gathering spaces and organizations, and how many communities established themselves around certain types of buildings. Students will make connections between the community buildings of the past and the ways we express identity and create communities today.

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Primary Sources: The Maine Shipyard

Grade Level: 9-12 Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson plan will give students a close-up look at historical operations behind Maine's famed shipbuilding and shipping industries. Students will examine primary sources including letters, bills of lading, images, and objects, and draw informed hypotheses about the evolution of the seafaring industry and its impact on Maine’s communities over time.

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An Exploration into Maine's History

Grade Level: 3-5 Content Area: Social Studies
This investigation was designed to utilize the resources of the Maine Memory Network and the Library of Congress. Students will have the opportunity to create their own albums from MMN, research their local history, and that of the state of Maine. This is a progressive approach that begins with an investigation into Yarmouth, Maine’s history, however, it could easily be adapted for any home town. Part of the exploration includes suggested visits to the local historical society and discussions with the school historian. The creative writing piece calls for students to become someone who lived in their town 100 years ago; they find the information they need be research on MMN and the Library of Congress and then write and share their stories. Along each step of the way, students created, saved, and shared albums of materials related to their research and work on MMN. The second part of this lesson is designed to coincide with the study of the history of the state of Maine and of the United States.