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Historical Items

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Item 75554

Women and men in manufacturing, Brewer, 2006

Contributed by: Maine Folklife Center, Univ. of Maine Date: 1982 - 2004 Location: Brewer Media: Compact disc

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Item 23523

Women Spinning at Pepperell Mills, Biddeford, 1910

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: 1910 Location: Biddeford Media: Photographic print

Item 70279

Women sorters at Eastern Fine Paper, Brewer, ca. 1960

Contributed by: Maine Folklife Center, Univ. of Maine Date: circa 1960 Location: Brewer Media: Photographic print

Exhibits

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Working Women of the Old Port

Women at the turn of the 20th century were increasingly involved in paid work outside the home. For wage-earning women in the Old Port section of Portland, the jobs ranged from canning fish and vegetables to setting type. A study done in 1907 found many women did not earn living wages.

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Writing Women

Published women authors with ties to Maine are too numerous to count. They have made their marks in all types of literature.

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Westbrook Seminary: Educating Women

Westbrook Seminary, built on Stevens Plain in 1831, was founded to educate young men and young women. Seminaries traditionally were a form of advanced secondary education. Westbrook Seminary served an important function in admitting women students, for whom education was less available in the early and mid nineteenth century.

Site Pages

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Portland Press Herald Glass Negative Collection - National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs

From suffrage to the glass ceiling, the NFBPWC continues to empower and mentor professional women. Within a year of its formation in 1920, the…

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Strong, a Mussul Unsquit village - Prominent Women

Prominent Women Text By: Strong School 7th and 8th Graders, 2011-2012 Julia Harris May poetry collection, 1903Item Contributed byFarmington…

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Lubec, Maine - The Lighthouse at West Quoddy Head

Living at the Lighthouse Not an easy life those early days, roadless dense forest isolating the early lightkeepers from the small farming population…

My Maine Stories

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Growing up in Lewiston
by Kathy Becvar

Growing up in Lewiston in the 1960s and 1970s.

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The tradition of lobstering
by Sadie Samuels

I learned to fish from my Dad and will lobster the rest of my life

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Working as a telephone operator in the 1940s
by Doris Tardy

Working as a telephone operator in 1946 was new and exciting, and challenging.

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.