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Historical Items

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Item 66022

"Warning," interior trolley car notice, ca. 1920

Contributed by: Seashore Trolley Museum Date: circa 1920 Location: Portland Media: ink on paper

Mystery Corner Item

Item 104872

Men clearing snow for a trolley, ca. 1920

Mystery Corner Item Do you know where this was taken?

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media Date: circa 1920

Mystery Corner Item

Item 104873

Men clearing snow for a trolley, ca. 1920

Mystery Corner Item Do you know where this was taken?

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media Date: circa 1920

Exhibits

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Trolley Travel

Trolleys were the cleanest and most efficient means of mass transit Maine has ever known.

Exhibit

A Field Guide to Trolley Cars

Many different types of trolley cars -- for different weather, different uses, and different locations -- were in use in Maine between 1895-1940. The "field guide" explains what each type looked like and how it was used.

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The Trolley Parks of Maine

At the heyday of trolleys in Maine, many of the trolley companies developed recreational facilities along or at the end of trolley lines as one further way to encourage ridership. The parks often had walking paths, dance pavilions, and various other entertainments. Cutting-edge technology came together with a thirst for adventure and forever changed social dynamics in the process.

Site Pages

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Site Page

Seashore Trolley Museum

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

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Highlighting Historical Hampden - Riverside Park

Riverside Park Bangor, Hampden and Winterport trolley, Hampden, ca. 1900 Item 28024 infoHampden Historical Society

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Scarborough: They Called It Owascoag - Transportation Through the Years - Page 2 of 4

Like the railroads, trolley lines connected with one another, allowing passengers to travel greater distances.

My Maine Stories

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Story

Monument Square 1967
by C. Michael Lewis

The background story and research behind a commissioned painting of Monument Square.

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

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.