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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 111318

Proposed State Capitol Building, Portland, 1889

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1889 Location: Portland Client: unknown Architect: John Calvin Stevens and Albert Winslow Cobb Architects

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.

Exhibit

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.

Exhibit

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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Site Page

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

Right before this new Town Hall was occupied, the “Great Fire of 1837” decimated most of the early records thought to be safely in storage.

Site Page

Maine's Road to Statehood - Turn of the Century to the War of 1812

… with Britain, it was a burden to the national government and potentially hazardous to attempt a separation.

Site Page

Maine's Road to Statehood - Maine in the 17th Century

… of Kittery swore their allegiance to the government of Massachusetts Bay, and by 1658, Kittery, York, Saco, Wells and Cape Porpoise (Kennebunkport)…

My Maine Stories

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Story

Spiros Droggitis: From Biddeford to Washington DC and back
by Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center

A Greek family's impact: from the iconic Wonderbar Restaurant to Washington DC

Story

Pandemic ruminations and the death of Rose Cleveland
by Tilly Laskey

Correlations between the 1918 and 2020 Pandemics

Story

Biddeford and Maine Franco-American Hall of Fame Award recipient
by Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center

With options to be a college French professor, became a lawyer, mayor, DA & District Court Judge

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

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.