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Category: Arts & Entertainment, Sculpture & Monuments, Monuments

Historical Items

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Item 1013

Monument Square, Portland, 1902

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1902 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Item 8795

Erecting monument in Monument Square, Portland, 1891

Contributed by: Portland Public Library Date: 1891 Location: Portland Media: Card photograph

Item 13024

Cleeve-Tucker Memorial, Eastern Promenade, Portland, ca. 1900

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1633 Location: Portland Media: Glass Negative

Exhibits

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Exhibit

A Day for Remembering

Most societies have had rituals or times set aside to honor ancestors, those who have died and have paved the way for the living. Memorial Day, the last Monday in May, is the day Americans have set aside for such remembrances.

Exhibit

Extracting Wealth

Maine's natural resources -- granite, limestone and slate in particular -- along with its excellent ports made it a leader in mining and production of the valuable building materials. Stone work also attracted numerous skilled immigrants.

Exhibit

Monuments to Civil War Soldiers

Maine supplied a huge number of soldiers to the Union Army during the Civil War -- some 70,000 -- and responded after the war by building monuments to soldiers who had served and soldiers who had died in the epic American struggle.

My Maine Stories

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Story

The Wall
by Michael Uhl

What it means to have beaten the odds

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

Bicentennial Lesson Plan

What Remains: Learning about Maine Populations through Burial Customs

Grade Level: 6-8 Content Area: English Language Arts, Social Studies, Visual & Performing Arts
This lesson plan will give students an overview of how burial sites and gravestone material culture can assist historians and archaeologists in discovering information about people and migration over time. Students will learn how new scholarship can help to dispel harmful archaeological myths, look into the roles of religion and ethnicity in early Maine and New England immigrant and colonial settlements, and discover how to track changes in population and social values from the 1600s to early 1900s based on gravestone iconography and epitaphs.