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Historical Items

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Item 105363

Leavitt family coat-dress, Eastport, ca. 1830

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1830 Location: Eastport Media: silk, cotton

Item 6275

Donald Warren, ca. 1895

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1895 Media: Photograph, photonegative

Item 11543

Blue silk dress, ca. 1870

Contributed by: On loan from Pejepscot Historical Society through Brick Store Museum Date: circa 1870 Media: Silk

Online Exhibits

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The Mainspring of Fashion

The mainspring of fashion is the process whereby members of one class imitate the styles of another, who in turn are driven to ever new expedients of fashionable change.

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Northern Threads: Adaptive reuse

A themed vignette within "Northern Threads Part I," featuring up-cycled and reused historic fabrics.

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Northern Threads: Bustle era fashions

A themed vignette within "Northern Threads Part I," featuring 1870s and 80s era bustle silhouettes.

Site Pages

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Historic Clothing Collection - Site Overview

Site Overview Madam de St. Felix ball dress, ca. 1820Maine Historical Society This collection portal consists of introduction narratives…

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Historic Clothing Collection - Eighteenth Century - Page 1 of 3

Eighteenth Century Revolutionary-era styled gownMaine Historical Society As of the year 2020, the earliest garments in the MHS collection…

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Historic Clothing Collection - Eighteenth Century - Page 3 of 3

Eighteenth Century During this period male dress also underwent change. A combination of the eighteenth century English taste for clothes suited to…

My Maine Stories

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Wabanaki Fashion
by Decontie & Brown

Keeping the spirit and memories of our ancestors alive through fashion and creativity

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From Chinese Laundress to Mother of the Year
by Dr. Andrea Louie

Toy Len Goon's granddaughter recounts her immigration to the US and becoming Mother of the Year.

Lesson Plans

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Primary Sources: Daily Life in 1820

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12 Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson plan will give students the opportunity to explore and analyze primary source documents from the years before, during, and immediately after Maine became the 23rd state in the Union. Through close looking at documents, objects, and art from Maine during and around 1820, students will ask questions and draw informed conclusions about life at the time of statehood.