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Historical Items

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Item 102671

Emrush Zeqiri, Portland, 2009

Courtesy of Jan Pieter Van Voorst Van Beest, an individual partner Date: 2017 Location: Portland Media: Digital photograph

Item 7349

Report on the French and Indians, August 14, 1708

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1708 Location: Albany Media: Ink on paper

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Item 22508

William Pepperrell letter about Louisbourg, 1751

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1751 Location: Kittery Media: Ink on paper

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Exhibits

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Meshach P. Larry: Civil War Letters

Meshach P. Larry, a Windham blacksmith, joined Maine's 17th Regiment Company H on August 18, 1862. Larry and his sister, Phebe, wrote to each other frequently during the Civil War, and his letters paint a vivid picture of the life of a soldier.

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The Devil and the Wilderness

Anglo-Americans in northern New England sometimes interpreted their own anxieties about the Wilderness, their faith, and their conflicts with Native Americans as signs that the Devil and his handmaidens, witches, were active in their midst.

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The British capture and occupation of Eastport 1814-1818

The War of 1812 ended in December 1814, but Eastport continued to be under British control for another four years. Eastport was the last American territory occupied by the British from the War of 1812 to be returned to the United States. Except for the brief capture of two Aleutian Islands in Alaska by the Japanese in World War II, it was the last time since 2018 that United States soil was occupied by a foreign government.

Site Pages

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Maine and the Civil War - Regiments: Images, Documents

Regiments: Images, Documents A few of Maine's more than 50 Civil War regiments and batteries are represented here.

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Maine and the Civil War - Communities and the War

Communities and the War In nine communities, historical organizations, libraries and schools worked together between 2013 and 2015 to study what…

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Maine and the Civil War - Legendary Participation

Legendary Participation War veterans, Kittery, 1932Item Contributed byMaine Historical Society Maine's participation in the Civil War is…

My Maine Stories

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Story

The centuries-long history of Passamaquoddy Veterans
by Donald Soctomah, Passamaquoddy Historic Preservation Office

Passamaquoddy Veterans Protecting the Homeland

Story

Buck Fever
by William R. Hinderer

A young soldier suffers "buck fever" during combat in Vietnam.

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My life as a revolutionary knitter
by Katharine Cobey

Moving to Maine and confronting knitting stereotypes

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.