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Category: Government, Politics & Law, People in Government

Historical Items

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Item 5652

Louis J. Brann, 1925

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1925 Media: Photographic print

Item 7186

Selden Connor, Portland, ca. 1890

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1890 Media: Photographic print

Item 7194

Nathan Cutler, Farmington, ca. 1860

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1860 Media: Photographic print

Exhibits

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Maine Politicians, National Leaders

From the early days of Maine statehood to the present, countless Maine politicians have made names for themselves on the national stage.

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The Washburns of Livermore

Members of the Washburn family of Livermore participated in the Civil War in a variety of ways -- from Caroline at the homefront, to Samuel at sea, Elihu, as a Congressman from Illinois, and Israel governor of Maine. The family had considerable influence politically on several fronts.

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Student Exhibit: Can You Help Our Free Skowhegan Public Library?

The Skowhegan Free Public Library was built in 1889 with money donated by Abner Coburn and the town of Skowhegan. Mr. Coburn left $30,000 in his will towards the building of the library. In 2005, for the library to fully keep up with their programs need to make some renovations. These changes would allow for more use of technology, more room for children's programs, and provide handicap accessibility.

Site Pages

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Bath's Historic Downtown - Church Block

Church Block Text by Colbie Holloway, Shelby Martel, Samantha Sprauge, and Caitlyn Ware 7th grade students at Bath Middle School With images from…

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Bath's Historic Downtown - Ledyard Block

Ledyard Block Text by Nathanial Barter, Devyn Pushard, and Sheridan Valure 7th grade students at Bath Middle School With images from the Patten Free…

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Bath's Historic Downtown - Columbian Block

Columbian Block Text by Taylor Johnson, Michaela Lothrop, Paige Martin, Devon Vanmeter 7th grade students at Bath Middle School With images from…

My Maine Stories

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Restoring the Penobscot River
by John Banks

My role as the Director of the Department of Natural Resources for the Penobscot Indian Nation

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Wampum Belts
by Donald Soctomah

My great grandfather was a wampum keeper

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Pandemic ruminations and the death of Rose Cleveland
by Tilly Laskey

Correlations between the 1918 and 2020 Pandemics

Lesson Plans

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Maine Governors

Grade Level: Postsecondary Content Area: Social Studies
Students will learn about the people who have occupied the office of Governor and how the Office of Governor operates. The students will understand the different hats and relationships that the Governor has.

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Becoming Maine: The Votes for Statehood

Grade Level: 3-5 Content Area: Social Studies
Maine became a state in 1820 after separating from Massachusetts, but the call for statehood had begun long before the final vote. Why did it take so long? Was 1820 the right time? In this lesson, students will begin to place where Maine’s statehood fits into the broader narrative of 18th and 19th century American political history. They will have the opportunity to cast their own Missouri Compromise vote after learning about Maine’s long road to statehood.

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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.