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Historical Items

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Aroostook Board of Trade organizes potato donation, Caribou, 1914

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1914-11-16 Location: Bangor; Caribou Media: Ink on paper

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Board of Trade clam bake, Biddeford Pool, 1903

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: 1903-09-30 Location: Biddeford Media: Photographic print

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Board of Trade Building, Portland, 1907

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1907 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Tax Records

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32-34 Exchange Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Board of Trade Building Assn. Use: Office

Architecture & Landscape

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Walch Publishing Valley Street alterations first floor plan, Portland, 1983-1987

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1983–1987 Location: Portland Client: J. Weston Walch, Publisher Architect: Wadsworth Boston Mercer & Weatherill

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Hannaford Brothers Warehouse, Portland, 1919-1920

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1919–1920 Location: Portland Client: Hannaford Brothers Company Architect: John Calvin Stevens and John Howard Stevens Architects

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Besse & Foster store alterations, Portland, 1897

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1897 Location: Portland Client: The Foster-Avery Co. Architect: John Calvin Stevens

Online Exhibits

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Northern Threads: Colonial and 19th century fur trade

A vignette in "Northern Threads: Two centuries of dress at Maine Historical Society Part 1," this fur trade mini-exhibition discusses the environmental and economic impact of the fur trade in Maine through the 19th century.


Indians, Furs, and Economics

When Europeans arrived in North America and disrupted traditional Native American patterns of life, they also offered other opportunities: trade goods for furs. The fur trade had mixed results for the Wabanaki.


Big Timber: the Mast Trade

Britain was especially interested in occupying Maine during the Colonial era to take advantage of the timber resources. The tall, straight, old growth white pines were perfect for ships' masts to help supply the growing Royal Navy.

Site Pages

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Lincoln, Maine - W.A. Brown: Jack of all trades

"W.A. Brown: Jack of all trades Responses from students in Mr. Koscuiszka's class can be viewed below: Amanda McIntyre "Research your topic and…"

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City of Brewer

Brewer is the gateway to coastal communities and Acadia National Park. The city along with Bangor also serves as a trading and distribution center for the coastal areas and towns and cities to the north with the total region having a population of approximately 250,000 people.

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Historic Hallowell - Learn how you can help! Contact Us

"… Historic Hallowell c/o Hallowell Area Board of Trade PO Box 246 Hallowell, ME 04347 You may leave a message at the Hallowell Info Phone, a service…"

My Maine Stories

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Maine and the Atlantic World Slave Economy
by Seth Goldstein

How Maine's historic industries are tied to slavery


A Lifelong Romance with Retail
by George A Smith

Maine's once plentiful small retail stores.


My Peace on Earth
by Dana Eidsness

She left Maine for school and vowed she'd never move back.

Lesson Plans

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The Fur Trade in Maine

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12, Postsecondary Content Area: Science & Engineering, Social Studies
This lesson presents an overview of the history of the fur trade in Maine with a focus on the 17th and 18th centuries, on how fashion influenced that trade, and how that trade impacted Indigenous peoples and the environment.

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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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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Becoming Maine: The District of Maine's Coastal Economy

Grade Level: 3-5 Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson plan will introduce students to the maritime economy of Maine prior to statehood and to the Coasting Law that impacted the separation debate. Students will examine primary documents, take part in an activity that will put the Coasting Law in the context of late 18th century – early 19th century New England, and learn about how the Embargo Act of 1807 affected Maine in the decades leading to statehood.