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Historical Items

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Item 17130

Rocking duck toy

Contributed by: Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum Date: circa 1920 Location: Littleton Media: Wood

Item 14792

Merle P. Chaplin with toys, South Portland, ca. 1895

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1895 Location: South Portland Media: Photographic print

Item 17218

Bar Harbor Fire Department with Toys

Contributed by: Bar Harbor Fire Department Date: 1942 Location: Bar Harbor Media: Photographic print

Exhibits

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Toy Len Goon: Mother of the Year

Toy Len Goon of Portland, an immigrant from China, was a widow with six children when she was selected in 1952 as America's Mother of the Year.

Exhibit

Art of the People: Folk Art in Maine

For many different reasons people saved and carefully preserved the objects in this exhibit. Eventually, along with the memories they hold, the objects were passed to the Maine Historical Society. Object and memory, serve as a powerful way to explore history and to connect to the lives of people in the past.

Exhibit

How Sweet It Is

Desserts have always been a special treat. For centuries, Mainers have enjoyed something sweet as a nice conclusion to a meal or celebrate a special occasion. But many things have changed over the years: how cooks learn to make desserts, what foods and tools were available, what was important to people.

Site Pages

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Strong, a Mussul Unsquit village - Brackleys

… producing wooden handles, knobs, caps, rings, toys and countless other novelties which were shipped all over the country and abroad.

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Strong, a Mussul Unsquit village - Online Items

… producing wooden handles, knobs, caps, rings, toys and countless other novelties which were shipped all over the country and abroad.

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Historic Clothing Collection - Fashions Far & Away

… century group of garments brought to Maine by Toy Len Goon. It is anticipated that this currently and predominately Chinese selection will…

My Maine Stories

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From Chinese Laundress to Mother of the Year
by Dr. Andrea Louie

Toy Len Goon's granddaughter recounts her immigration to the US and becoming Mother of the Year.

Story

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

A story about my father and our family.

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A Lifelong Romance with Retail
by George A Smith

Maine's once plentiful small retail stores.

Lesson Plans

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride Companion Curriculum

Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8 Content Area: Social Studies
These lesson plans were developed by Maine Historical Society for the Seashore Trolley Museum as a companion curriculum for the historical fiction YA novel "Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride" by Jean. M. Flahive (2019). The novel tells the story of Millie Thayer, a young girl who dreams of leaving the family farm, working in the city, and fighting for women's suffrage. Millie's life begins to change when a "flying carpet" shows up in the form of an electric trolley that cuts across her farm and when a fortune-teller predicts that Millie's path will cross that of someone famous. Suddenly, Millie finds herself caught up in events that shake the nation, Maine, and her family. The lesson plans in this companion curriculum explore a variety of topics including the history of the trolley use in early 20th century Maine, farm and rural life at the turn of the century, the story of Theodore Roosevelt and his relationship with Maine, WWI, and the flu pandemic of 1918-1920.